3 Jun

Fresh Air

It was the first non-working weekend I’ve had in I don’t know how long, and hot diggety did I enjoy it. We had a big three-family dinner party on Friday night, went on a geocaching hike on Saturday (thus crossing off the first item on our Summer Fun list), and spent Sunday in the backyard [with champagne], since the work and play there is never, ever done. (We acquired a giant wooden crate and are turning it into a ground-level playhouse for the boys that will hopefully not become an outhouse for wildlife, as has been the sad fate of the treehouse.) If I had to choose a favorite part of the weekend, it might be the homemade cranberry scones, it might be two days in a row of tiny root beer floats, it might be evenings of awesome movies (Django Unchained, Dark Shadows, and Les Mis: all excellent! who wants to discuss?), or it might be Fox taking a nap in his crib for once like a normal baby. Good thing I don’t have to choose; these moments are, like my boys, each my favorite.

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Forgive the baby his sad affect. I made them stop swinging so I could get a picture, and he doesn’t abide stillness. This made me think maybe the walking would cure the yelling, but no. Now he just yells AND walks. (Save us!)

(That’s from two and a half weeks ago. He’s faster now. Terrifyingly faster. And louder. We’ve hidden all the knives and megaphones.)

Finally, speaking of fresh air, we’ve been living with a super hi-fi space-age air filter for the past few months, and I finally got around to reviewing it. Click through to see what I think of the Airocide and why I felt it necessary to rap in a blog post.


A few months ago I was sent an Airocide Air Purifier to test in my Home of Smells and Preschool Pestilence and Probably Toxic Mold and Lead. The Airocide unit is just coming on the market for regular consumers, but its cutting-edge technology has been used in the health and food industries (read: hospitals and food-packing facilities) for years. And just who pioneered this cutting-edge technology? NASA, folks. I’m practically an astronaut now. (And a rapper. “You down with VOCs? No, no, not me!”)

I don’t have any experience with other air purifiers, but here’s what I know about the Airocide unit: It destroys airborne pathogens and zaps them into oblivion, making the air cleaner and healthier for your family. We’re talking virtually 100 percent of harmful chemicals in paint, cleaning supplies, and pesticides, as well as allergens like mold, fungus, pollen, and dust mites. And because it’s not “capturing” anything, just destroying all those invisible gremlins on contact, there’s no filter to clean. Hallelujah, since the last thing I need is an appliance that creates more work.

The Airocide literature recommends keeping the unit in the bedroom, where most people spend the bulk of their time at home (and it doubles as a white noise machine, if that’s your thing), but we keep ours in the t.v. room, since that’s where Fox and I hang out the most. This arrangement works out well, since we get the benefit of the cleaner air and we get to display the unit as a piece of art for guests to ooh and ahh over. It really does look cool, and people don’t notice it’s a machine unless they hear it making noise—a whirring, purring sound a bit louder than a laptop fan but quieter than an old-school popcorn popper.


We’ve had the unit up and running for a few months now (set-up involved taking it out of the box and plugging it in), and although I haven’t noticed any improvement in our sinus maladies (Simon’s allergies are superhuman, and the rest of us are dealing with some pretty serious preschool germs), I have noticed we’re not getting mold spots around our poorly sealed door and window frames anymore, and that’s no small beans because UGH, MOLD. I also imagine it’s doing something to combat what must be layers and layers and layers of lead paint on our century-old walls. The Airocide isn’t cheap (it will set you back $800, which can be paid in installments, and there’s a six-week money-back guarantee), but it’s a lot cheaper than professional mold or lead abatement, I’ll tell you what.

To find out more about the Airocide Air Purifier and how it can improve the air your breathe, check out their website, Facebook page, and Twitter profile.


  • That video of Fox totally made my day. Kid has Personality, with a capital “P.” I especially like how you told him to bring the knife to you, and then he turned and walked the other way. Look out world.

  • I could watch that video on repeat. My 10 month old is probably just weeks from walking and this makes me look forward to it rather than dread the additional mobility.

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