Last Updated on October 13, 2020
Our home is supposed to be the place where we feel safe and cozy – the type of space that allows us to relax, unwind, and enjoy ourselves. The concept of detoxifying your house might be new, but have you ever thought about the impact it may have on your physical and mental health?
Keeping a healthy home should be a top priority as it influences your state of mind and your overall health. But how should you start this process? Today we bring you a list of ways to detox your home – from the easiest one to the most challenging. Changing is a process that only you can start. Are you ready for a home detox?
1. Leave your shoes outside
If you want to keep a clean house, leaving your shoes at the door is an easy step that will save you a lot of work. Your shoes carry all sorts of toxins that you aren’t even aware of, like pesticides or road sealant, for example, and leaving them at the door means leaving those toxins at the door as well.
2. Open the windows
Lesson one on how to detox your home: let your house breathe. If the weather is nice outside, there is no reason to keep your windows closed. On the contrary, you should keep them wide open and let the fresh air circulate your home. Were you aware of the fact that the air inside your home can be polluted? Scary, right? So be sure to open those windows whenever you can.
3. Avoid dryer sheets
And on the list of toxic products, you should be getting rid of what we have…dryer sheets! That’s right, even though they are practical, the majority of the dryer sheets available in the market will coat your clothes with awful chemicals, which can trigger asthma attacks. Not to mention that the chemical covering caused by the dryer sheets also makes your towels less absorbent.
4. Declutter your house
There is no brand book on how to declutter your home, but there are a lot of systems that can help you throughout this process – you have to find the one that’s right for you. Decluttering your house will allow for more space and peace of mind. It will also make house cleaning much easier and help prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris.
5. Eliminate VOCs
The easiest way to know if you are dealing with VOCs is to look for the recycling seal and see if there is a three printed on it. Your shower curtain, for example, can be made of vinyl, and as a result, it will release more than 100 VOCs. When exposed to room temperature, volatile organic compounds can result in nausea, dizziness, headache, and even irritated throat and eyes.
6. Toss out your pesticides
Say goodbye to your pesticide sprayer – you can do better for your house plants and yourself. Pesticides can cause all sorts of health issues, from tissue damage to nausea and headaches, so it’s better to avoid them completely. What can you do instead? Well, there are a lot of ecological brands available nowadays, but you can always get in touch with your creative side and mix your DIY pesticide.
7. Pay attention to the plastics in your home
Even when buying something seemingly simple, like a Tupperware container, you should always pay attention to what you are purchasing. Some containers can release a chemical by the name of bisphenol-A (BPA). Research has shown that it can mess up your hormones leading to heart disease and obesity, for example. Any plastic that is marked with the number seven may contain BPA. And if you already have those containers at home, do not put them on the dishwasher or the microwave, as heat will help release the toxic bisphenol-A.
8. DIY Cleaner
Why spend money on twenty different cleaning products when you can create your multipurpose DIY cleaner? Here is an amazing recipe from author Lisa Beres that will leave your surfaces sparkling: Mix 1 teaspoon of your preferred natural dish soap with half a teaspoon of washing soda. Add two cups of hot water, stir the mix, and put it in a spray bottle. What an amazing life hack, right?
9. Change the way you dust
We know that old habits die hard, but trust in this one. Using sprays to dust around your house will only increase your chemical load, and using a feather duster will kick the dust around, which can trigger allergies and other respiratory conditions. Instead, stick with a simple, unscented, and dry microfiber cloth. These amazing clothes will attract the tiny dust specks – an effective and non-toxic way to dust.
What do you think of these suggestions? Can you detox your house? Let us know!