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Non-Toxic DIY Fabric Softener

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It might surprise you, but fabric softener is the number one cause of indoor air pollution. Never fear though, this DIY fabric softener is easy to make and VOC-free. But first, what’s a VOC? A VOC is a Volatile Organic Compound. They’re typically airborne, taking the form of various chemicals used in a variety of products. These VOCs can impact the air quality of your home, which can impact your family’s respiratory wellness.

It’s true, whenever you smell that “laundry smell,” you’re inhaling VOCs including, but not limited to, Ethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Phthalates, and more. Through the simple two-ingredient DIY fabric softener below, you’ll still be able to soften your clothes while saving a few bucks in the process. Just mix them together and voila! you’ve got super soft clothes without sacrificing your health.

DIY Fabric Softener Materials Needed

  • White Vinegar
  • 100% Pure Essential Oils
  • Spray Bottle
  • Measuring Cups


DIY Fabric Softener Instructions

Step One: To start, pour out one cup of white vinegar into your measuring cup.


Step Two: Carefully, gently squeeze 30 drops of your 100% pure essential oil into your cup of vinegar. Stir the mixture together.


Step Three: Pour your DIY fabric softener mixture into your spray bottle and simply screw the spray nozzle on.

DIY-Fabric-Softener-Step-ThreeAnd there you have it! Easy, right? To stay organized, label your new, VOC-free DIY fabric softener and place it with your laundry essentials. When you go to use it, be sure to shake well and spray the solution over wet clothes in the dryer 10-15 times before drying. One thing to note, there’s no need to go overboard with your fabric softener. Any more than 15 sprays and you risk your clothes smelling more like vinegar than essential oils. Now if that’s the odor you’re looking for then spray away!

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Emerging Tool Bipolar Ionization Still Under Investigation

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As discussed in a previous blog, using bipolar ionization as a standalone solution is problematic, but if it is in the confines of an HVAC system, it can inactivate airborne bacteria and viruses and increase filtration efficiency

Even so, it still needs to be investigated for its usefulness in both large-scale and high-traffic settings. 

Additionally, there are still some areas of concern including flow rates, ozone generation, and the “degradation rate” of HVAC systems.

Using Bipolar Ionization

It works by sending out charged particles with either positive or negative ions into the air. The particles cluster around harmful airborne particulates like viruses or bacteria and inactivate and make them larger to increase the likelihood that they will be captured by your air filter. The process can take some time depending on the size of the room and the amount of particulates in the air. 

Combating Airborne Viruses

While there is limited data on its effectiveness against COVID-19 specifically, there is evidence it worked in reducing the spread of other coronaviruses like the common cold and influenza in lab settings. 

Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ 

Alternatively, an Aprilaire Healthy Air System™, a three-part, award-winning suite of whole-home Indoor Air Quality products, operates without any ozone generation or HVAC deterioration. In fact, the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ can help keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance by filtering out harmful airborne pollutants that can clog your system leading to breakdowns. 

How it Works

By leveraging the power of fresh air ventilation, air filtration, and humidity control, the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ provides the most effective virus protection and helps reduce the transmission rate of airborne viruses like COVID-19.

Fresh air ventilation dilutes the home of particles and germs and fills your home with fresh, breathable air while maintaining airflow.

Air filtration captures particles that flow through the home and the filter. An Aprilaire MERV 16 filter captures up to 96% of airborne virus-sized particles passing through the filtering system.

Humidity control allows you to keep your home between 30-60 percent relative humidity. This is the optimal range where viruses remain less viable and your body’s natural defenses and immune response are most viable.

The Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ also provides various other applications to benefit your home’s indoor air like helping reduce allergens, pests, odors, and volatile organic compounds. 

Take the First Step

To get started with effective virus protection today, contact a local Healthy Air Pro.

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Proper Disposal of Air Filters

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Steps for Disposal of Air Filters

Aprilaire air filters are an integral part of your HVAC system. They trap dust and other airborne pollutants that flow through your ducts, which can make you sick or clog your HVAC system leading to expensive repairs.

Over time, the filter gets clogged and becomes less efficient at trapping harmful pollutants like airborne viruses. It is important to replace your air filter to keep your system running efficiently.

Here are some tips to follow for the disposal of air filters.

Turn your HVAC system off

Turn your system off before removing your old filter. Do not run your HVAC system without a new air filter in here.

Have a plastic bag ready

Your air filter is full of dust, debris, and other contaminants that you do not want to end up back in the air or on your ground. Having a bag ready to go will help make this transition less precarious. In addition, do not bump or shake your air filter when placing it in the bag.

Tape the bag shut

To prevent any drops or spills once the filter is in the bag, carefully tape it shut to seal.

Place the filter in an outdoor trash can

Keeping your old filter in an indoor trash can could lead to the bag reopening and the dirt and debris in the filter escaping back into your air. Placing it in an outdoor trash can will help remedy this.

Replace filter

Place your replacement Aprilaire filter in the HVAC system and then turn the system back on once the new filter is inserted.

Stock up on a replacement filter

Order a new Aprilaire air filter today to make replacing your old filter simple and easy.

For more information and tips about Aprilaire air filters and air purifiers, read our FAQs article.

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Experiencing the Fight For Air Climb

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Before the Fight For Air Climb

Entering the US Bank Center for the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb was a rush of energy.

This seemed less like an arduous trek up 1,000 stairs and more of an indoor festival. There were volunteers ready to greet you and pump you up for the ensuing climb and people from different companies sitting at tables ready to hand out souvenirs.

They were probably also there to distract you after you just got done instinctively looking up toward the top of the 47-story US Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee becoming a little uneasy at the prospect of your journey upward.

Before you made your climb, you gathered as a team and took several escalators down to the basement level before getting warmed up with a quick aerobic routine. Then you took a long and winding tunnel where you greeted by more volunteers who were cheering you on. It was hard not to feel inspired and excited.

During the Fight For Air Climb

One-by-one people took off up toward the top of the US Bank Center to begin their Fight For Air Climb. I, like most, started off confidently and quickly. I took the first six flights easily, but then by flight eight, I began to fight for air. I now understand why they title this climb just that. My mind and my body were at odds. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to continue at the same pace to get it over with as quickly as possible or to slow down and feel better. I went with the former.

Everyone in the stairwell was trudging onward with the same dilemma. We all were gasping for air as we kept pushing up each step and each flight toward the top of the Fight For Air Climb. At several points, I wondered if I was actually making any progress.

Every 10 flights there was a group of volunteers handing out cups of water and words of encouragement. Both were sorely needed to help push me along.

With each passing flight, I kept a tally of how many flights I had left. Twenty flights down, 27 more flights to go; 30 flights down, 17 flights to go; Ok, 40 flights down, 7 to go. By the time I got to the 40th floor, I knew I could make the last push to make it to the top of my Fight For Air Climb journey.

After the Fight For Air Climb

Eventually, I reached the top after 9 minutes and 31 seconds. At the top of the stairwell, I was met by volunteers who were cheering me on and by other climbers who were also catching their breath and taking in the picturesque views of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan afforded to us by the tallest building in Wisconsin.

As I grabbed a water and walked around soaking in both the views of the city and my accomplishment, it was really cool to watch teams taking pictures together or greeting other climbers with high-fives and smiles. There was a certain camaraderie found in a common struggle.

Despite the lingering soreness, I cannot wait for next year’s climb. No matter if I beat my time from this year or not, it’s about fighting for air together and helping those impacted with lung disease.

To join an upcoming climb in a city near you, visit

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Aprilaire Partner Contractor Joins Fight For Air Climb

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“What can you do or say when your family is suffering such losses? It’s devastating,” said Christopher Ciongoli, HVAC salesman/estimator with Aprilaire partner Whalen & Ives.

Chris is participating in the NYC American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb on April 4, 2020. When he heard that Aprilaire was the national Healthy Air sponsor of the event he signed on to the Aprilaire team.

“An opportunity to make difference just appeared to me on Jan 10th in an email from Aprilaire informing me about the Fight for Air Climb. This was it. This is how I would help make a difference and support my wife as well as so many others that are impacted by lung disease”.

Lung disease became an all too familiar fixture in Chris’s life last year when his brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and father-in-law all died from lung disease.

As of February 7, he’s raised 90 percent of his fundraising goal. Not only is Chris excited to help raise funds and awareness, he told us he’s already reaping the benefits of training for the 849-step climb.

“My blood pressure has dropped, my pants are getting loose, and my dog Crosby is getting back in shape too!”

Every morning he goes out with dog Crosby and strengthens his legs and increases his stamina to make sure he can make it to the 44th floor of the 1290 Avenue of Americas building in New York City.

Read more of Chris’s incredible journey by going to his page. Thank you for your efforts, Chris and we cannot wait to hear more.

For more information about the Fight For Air Climb and to find an event in your area, go to To learn how to train for your own climb, head to our page where we share training tips to help you prepare for your own Fight For Air Climb.

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Aprilaire Partners with Wellness Within Your Walls

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Aprilaire is the exclusive Presenting Sponsor for 2020 for Wellness Within Your Walls.

Wellness Within Your Walls (WWYW) is an award-winning education and certification organization which supports reducing and eliminating toxins in living environments to improve overall health and wellness.

The organization’s one-of-a-kind education and certification process enables consumers and professionals to increase awareness about toxins in building materials and furnishings and guide them toward making homes healthier.

Wellness Within Your Walls partnership for national campaign

WWYW will partner with Aprilaire to launch a national “Breathe Healthy” awareness campaign in 2020 to educate consumers, homeowners and the build/design community about the latest products and services that help improve air quality in homes.

“We believe everyone deserves to breathe healthy air, and we believe in the power of education,” said Dale Philippi, president of Aprilaire. “Our mission is to enhance everyone’s health by improving the air in their homes. We are proud to partner with WWYW– an organization building awareness with consumers and professionals about the importance of healthy air.”

“We are excited by our new partnership with Aprilaire. They offer products that solve multiple issues relating to affordable ventilation and humidity control for homes and we’re proud to work with Aprilaire to further elevate the dialog about health and wellness in living environments,” said Jillian Pritchard Cooke, founder of WWYW.

In addition to the “Breathe Healthy” campaign with WWYW, Aprilaire is the FY20 National Healthy Air Sponsor for the American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb events which support raising awareness of the importance of indoor air quality. The two initiatives will dovetail to further educate consumers and professionals alike about why healthy air – especially in the home, is vital for good health. Good air quality improves overall wellness, helps prevent irritating allergens and pests, and helps shield homes from costly damages.

About Wellness Within Your Walls

Wellness Within Your Walls® is an award-winning informational resource group created to provide education and guidance on chemicals commonly found in living and working spaces. With a goal to empower and guide consumers and professionals toward healthier living environments, WWYW certifies people, places, products and programs globally through education and health and wellness protocols. WWYW’s 10-step holistic approach, known as the Healthy Living System™, results in a legacy of health, harmony and sustainability in living environments. WWYW was founded by Jillian Pritchard Cooke, a 30-year industry veteran with experience as president of interior design firm DES-SYN and owner of the eco-living lifestyle boutique BEE. While designing Atlanta’s EcoManor in 2006, the first Gold LEED-certified single-family residence in the U.S., a cancer diagnosis became the catalyst for turning Jillian’s expertise into a passionate commitment to create healthier living environments by reducing toxins. Wellness Within Your Walls was born. The organization provides frequent and sought-after speakers at trade shows, educational opportunities, workshops, seminars and other industry events. For more information, visit: