Posted on April 23, 2015

How to Detoxify Your Home in Five Steps

Many of us regularly detox our bodies and are careful of ingesting harmful chemicals and contaminants. However, we often overlook the toxins that are lurking in our homes. In fact, indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air which can have a detrimental effect on your health. A few simple changes at home can go a long way towards eliminating environmental toxins and improving your overall wellbeing.

Trash Toxic Cleaning Products
Many of the products we use to clean our homes contain harmful chemicals - from ammonia and bleach in bathroom cleaners to pesticides in antibacterial wipes. Yes, pesticides! Homemade natural products clean just as well, without the nasty health and environmental effects. A vinegar and baking soda paste works wonders on bathtubs and floors. If you’d prefer to buy products, looks for brands like Mrs. Meyer’s and The Laundress, which are made from non-toxic and environmentally-friendly ingredients.

Ban Unhealthy Bedding
Household furnishings like drapery, upholstery and bedding can release formaldehyde, a chemical known to cause wheezing, allergic reactions and cancer. Replace old bedding and any “wrinkle-free” fabric – what reduces wrinkles is the formaldehyde coating – with organic linens and towels and choose an organic mattress. Many people who switch to organic bedding even say it has improved their sleep quality! When buying upholstery, look for products that don’t contain stain-repellants. You can also have your furniture re-upholstered with untreated fabric.

Improve Air Quality
Air quality is one of the top environmental health concerns. One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality is to open windows to allow in fresh air. You can also purchase an air-purifier with an HEPA filter to remove dust, pollen, odours and chemicals. Of course, dusting and vacuuming regularly also helps keep the air clean. Putting a large floor mat at every door helps keep dirt and dust from being tracked into the house in the first place. Dehumidifiers also help reduce the amount of moisture in the air – making the environment less attractive for dust mites and mold. 

Purify Your Water
The water you drink and bathe in can contain chlorine, parasites, arsenic, nitrates, sodium and heavy metals like copper and lead. Many municipalities also add fluoride to the water system. Before it gets to your tap, water passes though many pipes that could contain dirt, rust or sand. To purify your water, you can buy a reverse osmosis water filter, which removes large particles. Filtering water also improves its taste, which could encourage you to drink more – something that’s key to your overall health. 

Be Mindful of Electricity
Electronics create electromagnetic fields, which can disrupt the signals between your brain and nervous system. It’s especially important to be mindful of electromagnetic fields in your bedroom. To reduce radiation levels, remove or unplug electronic devices when they’re not in use and switch to a battery-powered alarm clock.

Even doing one or two things to detoxify your home can go a long way. A healthy home is a happy home!

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