10 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home
Going green and clearing your home of toxins can be a daunting task. To get you started, here are 10 simple ways to make a big impact. Hint: Leaving your shoes by the door is where it all begins!
Seriously, Take Those Shoes Off!
Most dirt and pesticides come in on the bottom of your shoes. By having everyone slip their shoes off at the door, you’ll keep a lot of contaminants out of your home. If you are someone who needs something on their feet, keep those slippers handy! You can even provide slippers or some sort of disposable or washable foot coverings for guests who are uncomfortable removing their shoes.
Green Plants Are Natural Detoxifiers
Beautiful and able to clean the air? That’s right! Adding houseplants will improve the air quality of your home. They have a natural ability to remove pollutants, such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon monoxide. Breathe easy knowing your plants are working for you!
Goodbye Dryer Sheets
Instead of dryer sheets, consider using wool dryer balls as a way to soften your laundry. Not only are they chemical free, they last up to a thousand loads (meaning a lot less dryer sheets in landfills) and they reduce drying time, thereby lowering energy usage.
Non-toxic Cleaning Products
Once you start looking, you’ll find many of our household cleansers are full of toxic chemicals and harsh additives. Go green by making your own with everyday ingredients (like vinegar, baking soda and lemon) or seeking out “cleaner” cleaning products on the market.
There are a lot of options available when it comes to household water filters, but the ultimate goal is to remove fluoride, chemicals and heavy metals from your drinking water and showerhead. Whole house filtration systems are more expensive but may be a better investment for homeowners, while more budget-friendly options allow you to install filters on individual faucets and showerheads.
Swap Out Your Shower Curtain
If you currently have a vinyl shower curtain, consider switching it for a cotton liner. Vinyl shower curtains are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is known to release potentially harmful gases into the air.
Upgrade Your Vacuum
Trap dust, pathogens, bacteria and particles by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. This not only helps reduce the levels of many chemicals, it helps with allergens in your home and helps create a healthier environment overall.
Go through the plastics in your home, including food storage containers and dinnerware, and dispose of those marked numbers 1, 3, 6 and 7. Your goal is to eliminate as many plastics as you can and to use caution about those you bring into your home. By staying away from those types of plastics, you’ll reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals like BPA, phthalates and styrene.
Since we spend a third of our lives in our beds, it’s important to make sure our sleep environment is as toxin free as possible. Consider swapping out your mattresses to organic ones made without pesticides through chemical-free processes.
Green Dry Cleaning
Ideally, finding a green dry cleaner is the best way to go. However, if you live in an area where that is just not an option (search “wet-cleaning method” in your area), consider taking off the plastic bags and letting your freshly dry cleaned clothes air out for a couple days before putting them in your closet. This will allow some of the perchloroethylene solvents used to clean the clothes to be released.