Home Detox: How to Cleanse and Detox Your Home
Everyone talks about body detoxes and cleanses, but how many people think about home detox? Meaning, “detoxifying your house”, not “doing a detox cleanse at home”? There are many unhealthy or toxic items in your home that a lot of people don’t think about. Read on for some great ways to do a home detox!
GREAT WAYS TO DETOX YOUR HOME
According to this website, there are about 20 different ways you can detox your home. I’ll go over some of them today.
Don’t Wear Shoes in the House
Shoes track in dirt, mold, pesticides, and any other toxic products you’ve walked on all day. Take your shoes off before you go inside. Keep a decorative box next to the door to keep your shoes tidy.
If you don’t want to take your shoes off, wipe them well on your doormat. There are also shoe cleaners that you can place next to your door to get more of the dirt off. Check this one out!
Keep your windows open and buy indoor plants.
Keeping your windows open will help keep the air inside your house from getting stale. Green plants make great air detoxifiers.
The best indoor plants to purify the air are Golden pothos, Areca palms, and Spider plants. These are hearty plants that are easy to care for.
Switch out your cleaning products
Buy natural products that don’t damage your health or the environment and work just as well. You can also household staples such as vinegar, baking soda, and peroxide. Add a bit of essential oil to vinegar and water in a spray bottle for a great all-purpose cleaner.
Make a paste of baking soda and peroxide to lift stains and scrub tiles. Baking soda and water makes a great all-purpose scrub, but it needs to be rinsed. Peroxide is great for lifting stains.
Avoid Teflon-coated pans and cooking instruments.
Teflon contains PFCs (perflourinated chemicals) that have been linked to cancer and other health problems. The chemicals burn off and pass through the air as you’re cooking. They are deadly to birds such as parrots, parakeets, and lovebirds.
Keep dust levels low
Mop floors once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for your carpets. Purchase a carpet cleaner and shampoo your carpets once a month with an allergen-reducing cleaning solution.
Make sure you open your windows and use fans to dry the carpet so mold doesn’t develop. Most cleaning solutions are fast-dry formulas that will help with drying.
Get a water filter
A whole-house water filter is cheaper than continually buying bottled water. Plus recent studies have shown that a lot of bottled water is more acidic than plain tap water.
Acidic beverages can erode the enamel of your teeth over time. Plastic bottles can contain toxic chemicals, so it’s best to avoid them.
Avoid harmful pet-care products.
Many flea and tick control medications for your pets can be harmful…to both the pets AND their humans. Try to find natural products, such as rose geranium oil for dogs. You can put a few drops on their collars.
DO NOT use essential oils on cats. They can become sick when they ingest the oils when they groom themselves. For cats, you can use the ingestible flea and tick control tablets that you get from your vet.
Make sure you have a Carbon Monoxide detector
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that is odorless. Often people don’t know they have a CO leak until they become ill.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control),
“The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. CO symptoms are often described as “flu-like.” If you breathe in a lot of CO it can make you pass out or kill you.”
CO detectors will go off like a smoke alarm if they detect a carbon monoxide leak. They could save your life, or at least prevent you from becoming violently ill.
Follow these tips to make your home cleaner and less toxic. For yourself, try Bioterra herbs’ Detox formula. A smooth, gentle formula you can use daily to help you feel great. Click the image for a link to purchase the product.