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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 –

Here are some quick and easy tips to detoxify your house and make sure the air you breathe is as pure and healthy as it can be.

 

Kick Your Shoes Off

The easiest way to keep your house clean is to keep dirt from getting inside in the first place. Your shoes walk through an unbelievable amount of grime every day, and they also bring in pollen, mud, and germs. In winter, you can add toxic ice melts to the mix.

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

Almost any type of green plant will help detoxify your home by filtering out chemicals and releasing pure, detoxified air. Many live plants not only cleanse the air of impurities, but have soil bacteria that helps to get rid of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds that also might be in the air.

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.

image of boston fern, a plant that can be used to detoxify the home

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 

Flowers can play a role, too. They’ll fill the room with a natural fragrance that has no chemical residue. Studies have also found that seeing flowers first thing in the morning puts you in a good mood all day (hello, self-care!), so go ahead and indulge yourself with some bright bouquets.

 

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

Another thing you want to start changing is what you choose to clean your home with. Naturally, having a clean home is part of detoxing it, but if you’re using bleach and a lot of harsh chemicals, you’re only adding more toxins into the air.

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.

image of natural laundry products

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

If you have a central air conditioner and heater, they might be contributing to a lot of debris and dander in your home. Clean the air filter regularly and have the ducts cleaned by a professional about once a year.

 

Mold Matters

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

Open the windows every day to get a breath of fresh air and sunshine.

It will lift your spirits and help circulate the air.

Let nature lend a hand in lifting away toxins and allergens.

image of woman opening a window to help detoxify the house
Be careful not to leave windows open for too long, especially if you have allergies. You don’t want to fill up the house with pollen or ragweed.

 

Detoxify with a Lemon Lift

For a simple, natural air freshener, forget scented sprays or wax candles. Instead, slice a lemon and set the slices out on bowls around the house. They’ll absorb odors and leave behind a beautiful fresh scent. As a bonus, the bright color of lemons is an instant mood lifter.

 

Choose Natural Flooring

Carpets are a major source of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which have been linked to several cancers.

Wall-to-wall carpeting is the worst because the glue used to install it is packed with toxins and VOCs.

image of room with wood flooring
To detoxify your home, choose flooring that’s sustainable and free of toxins, like hardwood or bamboo. Stick to area rugs that you can wash.

 

Breathe Easy

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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