The winter season is anticipated by many of us throughout the year. The chill in the air, the cosy mornings, fireplaces – the list can go on. However, the increasing trend of air pollution can also bring one down during this time of the year. Air purifiers are necessary for some parts of the country and should certainly be used. However, there are also some ways in which you can improve the air quality of your home naturally, in addition to using an air purifier. Here are some of the ways in which we would do it: 

Indoor plants 

Scientific studies, as well as the wisdom of the ages, have spoken about the benefits of having plants inside your house. Many houseplants are capable of filtering toxins from the air and improving the air quality indoor.


Plants like Devil’s Ivy, Peace Lily and more can tackle specific pollutants like benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and more. 

Improve ventilation 

It is a tough task to keep your house ventilated when the air outside is polluted. However, proper ventilation can reduce moisture indoor, a major factor behind poor air quality. Install exhaust fans and vents in your kitchen as well as bathroom to push pollutants and residual humidity outside.  

Beeswax candles 

Scented candles make for a good element to have in your living room, and candlelight is loved by many. However, typical petroleum-derived paraffin candles do more harm than good by releasing benzene, toluene and other pollutants into your room.


Instead, switch to beeswax candles that can improve the air quality indoor. They can ionise the air and neutralise toxic compounds and other contaminants. They also burn slowly and leave almost no smoke or residue. 

Essential oils 

Apart from a host of popular benefits, essential oils can also improve air quality. This is due to the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties of these oils which, when burned indoor in proper dispensers, can directly attack living harmful microbes in your surroundings. High-quality essential oils can even improve the ambience of your rooms. 

Activated charcoal 

Activated charcoal is an odourless and tasteless substance that has high porosity. A single teaspoon of charcoal has a cumulative surface area greater than 10,000 square feet.


Activated charcoal in a room can tackle volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air and can also remove persistent odours. Due to its high number of pores, it can also reduce indoor humidity. 

Salt lamps 

Himalayan pink salt lamps have recently grown in popularity not just for their aesthetic appeal, but also for their air-purifying ability. They can reduce airborne irritants, pathogens and allergens, and also make for a soothing piece of décor in your room. 

Like this story? Also read: Early signs you need an air purifier
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