9 Tips To Improve The Air In Your Home

Home is our sanctuary but is the air you’re breathing in your home uncontaminated?

Furniture, cabinets, carpets, pressed wood products, cleaners, pesticides, adhesives and mould are just a few of the household contaminates that contribute to the air we breathe.

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1. Bring in plants

Plants are so amazing. Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, they can also absorb toxic elements in the air, including formaldehyde and benzene.

Click here for > Best Houseplants To Purify The Air

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2. Get some fresh air

Open some windows on opposite sides of your home for cross ventilation. Should also be done in the colder months as well.

3. Regularly change your air conditioning filters

4. Avoid synthetic chemical cleaning products

Don’t replace dirt on the surfaces in your home with chemically laden cleaning products. Unclean substances don’t really clean.

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5. Avoid synthetic chemical air fresheners

  • Choose natural essential oils and a diffuser
  • Fresh flowers such as daphne, jasmine and freesias
  • A bowl of quince fruit gives off a delicious fragrance
  • Baking Soda absorbs nasty smells

Two of our favourite cleaners that include natural and organic essential oils for a sweet smelling home are Orange Power Cleaner with citrus freshness and Multi Surface and Glass Cleaner with lavender and lemongrass.

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6. Candles

Paraffin wax candles are petroleum based; aside from their toxic fumes, most commercially sold candles are artificially scented, containing many different chemicals. Instead, look for cleaner burning pure beeswax candles with a cotton wick.

A beeswax candle is also said to be a natural ioniser when it is burning, purifying your air of dust, pollen, odours, toxins, mould and mildew whilst leaving a light, natural honey scent.

We use Queen B Pure Beeswax Candles

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7. Dusting

Always wet dust, dry dusting just spreads dust around. We recommend a clean moistened cloth and Multi Surface and Glass Cleaner. Throw it in the wash after use.

8. Vacuum weekly & wash floors

Wash floors with a removable cotton cloth that you can pop in the washing machine. Sponge mops just move the dirt around.

Use Sonett Floor Mopping Liquid or diluted All Purpose Cleanser.

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9. Clay paint

Clay paint can contribute to better air quality in a number of ways, it’s nontoxic making it ideal for those with chemical sensitivities. Clay has the ability to absorb toxins. It’s mould resistant and it releases negative ions into the air.

10. Remove your shoes

Think about the surfaces your shoes have been on. Make a practice of removing them at the door and slip into some comfy house shoes or slippers.

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With a little homework there’s always healthier home options, organic latex and cotton mattress (as above), cotton sheets, wool quilts instead of polyester etc.

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How To Allergy Proof Your Home

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If you or a member of your family have hay fever or asthma, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home. Some steps to reduce indoor allergens are complicated and time consuming, however there are some easy things you can do that may help.

Some steps may be more effective than others, depending on what particular allergy or allergies are involved.


Dust with a moist cloth. Dry dusting just spreads it around.


Bed and bedding. Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week in water heated to at least 54 C. Remove, wash or cover comforters. Replace wool or feathered bedding with synthetic materials.


Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Shampoo the carpet frequently.

Curtains and blinds

Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.
Windows. Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mould and condensation from window frames and sills. Use double glazing if you live in a cold climate.


Choose easy-to-clean chairs, dressers and nightstands made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. Avoid upholstered furniture.


Remove items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books and magazines. Store children’s toys, games and stuffed animals in bins.


Keep animals out of the bedroom.

Air filtration

Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.

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Living room

Flooring – Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Wash area rugs and floor mats weekly, and shampoo wall-to-wall carpets periodically.
Furniture – Consider replacing upholstered sofas and chairs with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.
Curtains and blinds – Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.
Windows  Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mould and condensation from window frames and sills. Use double glazing windows if you live in a cold climate.
Plants – Find a new home for potted plants or spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mould.
Fireplaces. Avoid use of wood-burning fireplaces or stoves because smoke can worsen respiratory allergies. Most natural gas fireplaces won’t cause this problem.


Stove – Install and use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Most stove-top hoods simply filter cooking particles without venting outside.
Sink – Wash dishes daily. Scrub the sink and faucets to remove mould and food debris.
Refrigerator – Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mould growth. Discard mouldy or out-of-date food. Regularly empty and clean dripping pan and clean or replace mouldy rubber seals around doors.
Cabinets and counters – Clean cabinets and countertops daily. Check under-sink cabinets for plumbing leaks. Store food, including pet food, in sealed containers.
Waste – Place rubbish in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty daily. Keeping the kitchen free of food crumbs will help reduce the chance you will have rodents or cockroaches.

Source: Mayo Clinic Staff

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Allergies have emerged as a major public health problem in developed countries during the twentieth century. Australia and New Zealand have among the highest prevalence of allergic disorders in the developed world. An ASCIA-Access Economics Report estimated that in 2007:
4.1 million Australians (19.6% of the population) had at least one allergic disease.

Allergy Fast Facts (Australia & New Zealand)

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) currently affects
•1/10 children aged 6-7 years
•1/6 children aged 13-14 years
•2/5 adults
Asthma currently affects
•1/5 children
•1/10 adults
Eczema currently affects
•1/6 children aged 6-7 years
•1/10 children aged 13-14 years
•1/14 adults


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Sonett uses natural and organic high quality plant essential oils for their aromatic products, as opposed to synthetic chemical fragrances and Sonett is a great choice rather than conventional products for allergy sufferers anyway. However, for some sensitive souls it’s best to leave out even natural and organic essential oils.

Sonett Neutral Range 
Neutral Range is highly recommended when there’s a baby or young children in the home, or anyone with allergies.

Sonett is completely and rapidly 100% biodegradable and uses purely vegetable surfactants plus full declaration of ALL ingredients!

For those with allergies, Sonett Neutral is FREE from:
✔ Fragrance
✔ Preservatives
✔ Colouring and complexing agents
✔ Petrochemical ingredients
✔ Enzymes
✔ Optical Brighteners*

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*Optical brighteners – did you know?
Conventional washing powders or laundry liquids use optical brighteners which bind irreversibly to the skin from the laundry. It remains on skin until skin cells slough off! All Sonett Laundry products are FREE from optical brighteners.

Optical brighteners don’t whiten, they just reflect light making your eyes think your whites are brighter. The problem with using optical brightener chemicals is that they’re designed to bind to the clothing and remain. If you were able to rinse them off, they wouldn’t be doing their job. Because they remain on your clothing, your towels and your sheets, they come into regular contact with your skin. This is not ideal for your skin and may cause rashes, irritations, and sensitivities. Since they are not readily biodegradable, they can also be harmful to fish and other animals and plants.

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Detox your home from unnecessary chemicals with 3 of our aromatic cleaning favourites

All-Purpose Cleanser
500ml RRP $7.50
An everywhere cleaner from kitchen to cars

Orange Power Cleaner
500ml RRP $8.90
Super effective and eco-nomical, yet gentle on hands

Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner
500ml RRP $8.80
Manages to clean and put good vibe aromatics through the home. This is the one you need when you have guests arriving at any moment!

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“Out of clutter comes simplicity.”
– Albert Einstein –

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Conscious Cleaning

Sheets to snuggle up in with Liquid Laundry Lavender, free from optical brighteners which remain on your skin

In today’s hectic world, washing and cleaning is an activity to be performed as quickly as possible – a nuisance and a chore. In spite of this, cleanliness still possesses a deeper meaning.

Why do we feel the need to wear clean clothing?

Why do we feel so incredibly good snuggled up in a freshly made bed?

Why do we organise and clean our house before visitors or having a celebration?

Order and cleanliness have something liberating and satisfying about them which is a reflection of the soul. We can also find an element of Mindfulness within our cleaning, by simply being present with the task at hand and to quiet our mind’s chatter.

The fact that the substances we use to wash and clean should also possess this sense of cleanliness is only logical.

Petrochemical or ‘unclean’ substances can only give an impression of cleanness.

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1) All SONETT products are FREE from:

  • petrochemical raw materials
  • petrochemical or petrochemical-based tensides
  • synthetic fragrances
  • synthetic colourings
  • synthetic preservatives
  • genetically engineered raw materials
  • enzymes*
  • allergenic ingredients
  • phosphates
  • optical brighteners
  • animal fats or other animal-based raw materials, apart from the cow gall (partially from Demeter bio-farms) used in gall soap

*The problem with enzymes is residue will remain on fabric and be transferred to skin. When you perspire this may set up a reaction with enzyme residue and cause skin irritations.

2.  SONETT uses only vegetable and mineral raw materials (apart from the cow gall used in gall soap):

  • only vegetable tensides (washing-active substances)
  • pure, natural essential oils
  • vegetable alcohol
  • citric acid (food quality)
  • soda, silicates, aluminates, pumice and lime powder

3.  SONETT uses the modular system for the most economical and ecological laundry cleaning:

  • basic detergent made of pure vegetable soap with coconut fatty alcohol sulphate and sugar tenside
  • pure oxygen bleach
  • zeolith instead of phosphate

4.  SONETT incorporates many raw materials grown using bio-dynamic or organic methods:

  • fats and oils: olive oil, palm oil*, rape seed oil, coconut oil
  • essential oils: lavender kbA, lemon grass kbA+ wild collection
  • spagyric salts

*All palm and coconut oil for our solid and liquid soaps derive from organic farming, therefore destruction of rain forest is strictly forbidden.  Our supplier is a member of the RSPO**

5.  All SONETT products are 100% biologically and rapidly degradable

6.  All SONETT products are particularly kind to the skin

7.  SONETT uses only recyclable packaging made of paper, cardboard, PE

8.  All ingredients are disclosed fully (particularly important for allergy sufferers)

9.  SONETT uses detergent additives rhythmitised in an oloid mixer To the best of our knowledge, SONETT is the only company using rhythmisation and life supportive technology in the field of ecological washing and cleaning agents.

**Why RSPO Certification?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil. Members and participants in its activities come from many different backgrounds and include environmental NGOs, banks and investors, growers, processors, manufacturers and retailers of palm oil products and social NGOs. They come from many countries that produce or use palm oil. The principal objective of the RSPO is “to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders.”

The RSPO Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production (RSPO P & C) are the global guidelines for producing palm oil sustainably. They have been described as the world’s toughest standards for sustainable agriculture production and have been variously adapted for other crops. No public claims relating to sustainable palm oil production, to the RSPO P & C, can be made without RSPO approved third party inspection.

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Do anti-bacterial hand washes really stack up?

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Many conventional hand washes today contain triclosan (an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agent), as do many household and personal care products. Triclosan is the most prevalent contaminant not removed by typical wastewater treatment plants.

US reports on FDA anti-bacterial decision receives Australian media coverage…

The Age http://bit.ly/JzeQcw
Sydney Morning Herald http://bit.ly/1bZmO9C

Following source: NICNAS, Australia.
’Widespread use of triclosan provides a number of ways for the chemical to enter the environment. In addition, tests showed triclosan to be toxic to aquatic species including algae. The chemical properties of triclosan indicated that it may be bio-accumulative and persistent in the environment.’


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