How to Clean My Apartment’s Air?


Cleaning the air in an apartment is remarkably easy, in fact, odds are that you’re already taking several of the necessary steps to improve the air quality in your apartment.

The cheapest way to clean the air in your apartment is usually is to open a window and/or do some deep cleaning. You can also buy an air purifier. There are other ways to improve your apartment’s air quality, but these three are some of the best, in my opinion.

Open a Window to Air Out Your Apartment

Now, I’m sure you’ve already tried opening a window once or twice, either that, or opening a window isn’t a viable option right now, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad option. I think everyone should air out their home a few times a year, just not during the winter or whatever other time of the year that it isn’t too smart to do.

The reason why opening a window is important is because the airflow it creates helps to refresh all the air in your apartment and it circulates all that bad, stale air out and replaces it with fresh air.

But you’re probably not here to find out how opening a window can help you, so I’m moving on.

I go more in-depth on cleaning your home’s air in these two articles: How to Clean Indoor Air – 14 Simple Ways to Clean Up the Air in your Home and How to Clean My Home’s Air if you don’t want to see a more in-depth view, then keep reading below. Or, better yet, open these articles to read them later. 🙂

Housecleaning can Keep Your Apartment’s Air Clean

The next cheap way (but not my favorite way) to clean the air in your home might be surprising to you: vacuuming and dusting.

As it turns out, dust laying around in your home can actually make the air in your home dirtier. Just walking through it kicks it up and then you end up breathing it in. Take the dust out at the source and start cleaning your apartment regularly, if you aren’t already.

In addition to that, be sure to vacuum as well. your carpets are usually the largest air filter in your home, so they collect tons of dust–dust that can also be kicked back up. You will probably benefit from vacuuming your fabric furniture as well. And your curtains. Vacuum anything and everything that you don’t wash regularly! (But you don’t have to do a deep cleaning like this all the time.)

In addition to vacuuming, it is advisable that you shampoo your carpet from time to time as well. If you really want clean air, or if the air in and around your home is a bit dirtier than you like, then you can shampoo your carpet more often, if not, then you can probably get by washing your carpet once a year or so.

If you have pets, then you’ll want to shampoo your carpet more often as well.

Why shampoo your carpet?

Well, shampooing your carpet cleans it in a way that vacuuming cannot and will not. The shampoo is able to break up and wash away things that vacuums can’t. Vacuums just pick up dust and other such things, shampooers clean stuff that the vacuum misses.

Long story short, you can think of it like a shower: will you just hop in, get wet, and then get out of the shower? Or are you going to use soap?

You’re going to use soap because the soap gets rid of grime, smells, all the oils on your skin and hair, and so much more.

And that’s why shampooing your carpet is important. It gets rid of all the oils, smells, and whatever else your carpet might be hiding.

If you’d like to buy a carpet shampooer to do it yourself, then you can pick up this one on Amazon. If you don’t want to do it yourself, then you can hire a professional to come in and do it instead.

Use an Air Purifier to Clean Your Apartment’s Air

Finally, my favorite way to clean the air in your home, an air purifier.

Let’s face it, all the vacuuming in the world isn’t going to clean the air in your apartment completely. There’s always going to be dust left over in the air.

And that’s one of the reasons why I love air purifiers. Air purifiers don’t clean the carpet, which isn’t even cleaning your home’s air directly (even though it does help). Instead, air purifiers clean the air itself. That’s what they do and, because of that, they’re really good at it.

Check out my favorite air purifier for someone who’s living in a college dorm in this article: What is the Best Air Purifier for a College Dorm Room? This air purifier could be the perfect fit for someone living in an apartment as well.

Air purifiers are machines that pull the dirty air of your home in and they then run it through one (or more) filters, capturing various particles like dust, dander, pollen, and so many other things out of the air. Air purifiers with HEPA filters and activated carbon filters can work super well at capturing and eliminating smoke and all the odors left behind by smoke. Not even tobacco and marijuana smoke can withstand the power of the right air purifier! (Okay, that’s not entirely true, there might still be some of those smells that linger, but air purifiers do lessen the stink by a whole lot.)

Air purifiers can do a whole lot more than just that, it all depends on what air purifier you buy, but at the end of the day, air purifiers are the best way to clean the air in your home–especially when house cleaning isn’t enough to get your home’s air to the level of cleanness that you want.

If you’d like to buy an air purifier (or a few) for your home, then be sure to check out Medify’s store here. Use the code ape15 to get 15 dollars off your order with Medify. And, if you don’t find an air purifier that you want from Medify, you can shop around on Amazon here.

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Jonathon Silva

Jonathan Silva is our longtime Air Purifier Essentials author. He has been writing on air purification technologies for his entire professional career.

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