How to Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality – Step 6: Disinfecting the Air

How do you disinfect the air? As discussed, of course, air purification units are helpful. Some people, however, use synthetic air fresheners to disinfect the indoor air. Those products can actually harm your air quality and your health as a result. In a test performed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), phthalates were found in many commercial air fresheners including some that did not list phthalates on the ingredients, and others that were labeled as either all natural or unscented. The U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that phthalates, a group of chemicals, can affect human reproduction and development. Download the article from our website: Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners.

Essential oils can be great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents, however there is a wide range of quality of essential oils on the market. It pays to research companies very well and ask for their scientific data. Some essential oils of low quality can emit volatile organic compounds into the air. Clove oil has some of the strongest anti-fungal properties. Other essential oils such as tea tree oil, oregano, thyme and lemon are known to have anti-fungal properties in the indoor environment.

It is best to filter the air first before disinfecting it. Getting an air quality test is essential to understanding clearly the quality of your indoor air. Then, you can determine where the toxins are coming from. Hawkeye Home Inspections provides air quality testing. Click here for more information and pricing or visit

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