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We all know how important it is to rid our bodies of toxins. Clean eating and clean living make you glow with positive energy inside and out (read more about that HERE). But it’s just as important to detoxify your environment and freshen up the air you breathe every day too.
Our homes are full of toxins, and even if you live green and keep a squeaky-clean house, allergens, and irritants from cleaners, paints, pesticides and other chemical products can linger in the air for a long time.
Clean your space, clear your mind
– Unknown –
Kick Your Shoes Off
Keep this nasty brew out of your house by taking your shoes off at the door, and ask your guests to do the same. Wear socks or slippers indoors and you’ll keep your furniture and rugs clean too.
Detoxify with Greenery
If you run your air conditioner or heater regularly, you may have some traces of dust and other impurities in the air, which plants can help to cleanse in your home.
Luckily, some of the best choices of houseplants are also those that are easy to grow:
- English ivy
- Boston fern
- Wax begonia
- Bamboo palm
It’s recommended to have at least one house plant in the living room, kitchen, and other common areas.
Warning: If you have pets, consult this guide from the ASPCA to find out whether the greenery you’re buying may be toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets.
Add some Blooms
Use Natural Candles
If you like to use candles in your home, whether for ambiance or scent, you need to re-think the types of candles you use. When trying to detox your home, it’s best to avoid anything artificial or heavy in chemicals.
Unfortunately, many regular scented candles have additives that you probably don’t want to be in the air where your family and pets live. Instead, try to use natural candles like those made of soy or beeswax like these.
Use More Natural Cleaning Products
Instead, start switching to natural and organic cleaning products. There are many great products on the market these days. This is one of my favorites. It works great on granite and smells amazing!
If you’re the DIY type, you can always make your own cleaners using apple cider vinegar, plain distilled vinegar, baking soda, and many other natural items. Baking soda is great for pet stains and deodorizing, while lemon and vinegar are perfect for disinfecting.
You should also consider tossing out your dryer sheets, as they’re really not necessary. However, if you like a fresh scent to your clothes, put a few drops of essential oil on a rag or facecloth and throw it in the dryer with the rest of your wash. Wool dryer balls work well for static, and you can sprinkle a few drops of essential oils on them too. These are the ones I use (and LOVE!)
Clean the HVAC Unit
Mold grows when water leaks into the house and gets trapped. It can cause flu-like symptoms including rashes, sore throats, and nasal problems like sniffing and sneezing.
To stop mold from growing, eliminate leaks in your home and make sure it’s properly sealed at the doors and windows. Open the windows in your bathroom for a short time after taking a shower or bath, to help the walls dry and prevent mold from taking hold.
Let the Sunshine In
It will lift your spirits and help circulate the air.
Let nature lend a hand in lifting away toxins and allergens.
Detoxify with a Lemon Lift
Choose Natural Flooring
Wall-to-wall carpeting is the worst because the glue used to install it is packed with toxins and VOCs.
Detoxifying your home should be part of your routine, just like watching what you eat and what chemicals you allow into your daily life. With these tips, you’ll enjoy a fresh, clean home where you can breathe easy every day.
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