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My mother in law loves buying us bizarre little items that I often wonder what I'm going to do with them or why I would need them in my life. The Pureaire purification system being one of them. But in this instance I was actually quite intrigued by the item, and set it up. I had never heard of them before but they are actually a pretty nifty little idea. The idea is to provide fresh, clean air which will make your living environment altogether healthier. I was a little dubious of such claims but gave it a try and we haven't looked back! What did I know?! These things are amazing! The amount of air freshening systems, diffusers, plug ins, etc. that I have bought over the years is ridiculous. All in an effort to make the rooms in my home smell fresher. I'm not particularly bothered about overpowering scents, etc., just the need for my home to smell fresh and clean. Although this system is fab anyway, it actually has added health benefits too. It's perfect for asthma and allergy sufferers as it purifies the air rather than masking it with a heavy scent. It works by using water and essential oils (water soluble ones) and effectively cleaning the air, helping asthma sufferers to breathe easier through reduced pollutants and allergens which tend to trigger attacks. It removes bacteria from the air and just altogether makes it a nicer place. The essential oils come in 100ml bottles and are non-toxic, non-flammable, and environmentally friendly and it is the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal elements of the oils that work together with the system to remove bacteria. The oils are something that fascinates me too, there are so many to choose from and each one does something different. I suffer from really bad skin and the Geranium oil works to improve complexion, relieve stress, repel insects & enhanced wound healing, while my other favourite, Eucalyptus is perfect for winter time as it relieves fever and flu symptoms but also works to clear the mind and stimulate. Fascinating stuff! I even bought myself another one for my desk at work, as I work in a hospital and got slightly paranoid about harmful bacteria at work. It claims to remove 99.99% of bacteria including E.Coli and Salmonella, although I obviously can't prove that this is the case, but of my experiences of it so far, I have no reason to doubt its claims. The thing I love about this at home is that it is portable so if I have a particular room that I think needs the revitaliser to work its magic, I can simply move it to another room and leave it. The system is really good with power too and is literally on all day every day. Although I'm not massively into aromatherapy or anything like that, I have to say that since I have started using this, I have felt healthier and strangely a little bit happier too! I totally believe its claims (despite being extremely dubious before I started using it) to improve air quality to optimise health and well-being. I feel less tired and certainly less irritated (but this may be because I have a bit of a cleaning 'thing' and my house in general just smells and feels cleaner!). The water in the unit should be replaced every day for best results but I have found that every other day is fine. Cleaning the unit is simple and quick and the bowl can easily by washed as usual with a non-abrasive detergent but should not be placed in the dishwasher. The lid should be wiped with a damp cloth and around once a month / every 6 weeks I clean the inside of the lid too. It dismantles easily. The benefits of this system far outweigh the negative of the initial cost. The amount I used to spend on air fresheners, diffusers etc., would mean that within around 4 or 5 months I would have saved what it cost to buy this purifier. The use of aromatherapy oils and water also means it is much more natural than any of the plug ins, sprays etc. that I had been using up to this point. All of which would only smell for a short period anyway, in comparison to this which lasts forever (or until you need to refill the water and aromatherapy!). Interestingly I had cooked fish last week, and when my sister came round and I mentioned in conversation that we'd had fish for tea, she asked if we had eaten out as she simply could not smell a hint of fish, and any lingering smells had been well and truly zapped. The best price I have found is £29.99 on Amazon but as with anything do shop around, I seem to remember I only paid around £25 for my work one.