We spend so much time, energy, money and attention detoxing our bodies, but what about our homes? There are hidden toxins all around us that negatively impact our health the same way that toxic foods do. This is why we are providing you a guide to detoxing your home both practically and aesthetically!
Within this guide you will find simple tips and tricks for detoxing your home, even on a budget, as well as some of our favorite brands and resources.
Let’s dive in…
Top 6 Tips For Detoxing Your Home:
1. Clean air! Improper ventilation, mold, dust and toxins from candles, building materials, pets and off-gassing from your furniture and paint can cause your air to be damaging to you.
2. Ditch toxic cleaning products – opt for non-toxic ones or even DIY’s
3. Replace toxic kitchen ware and cooking utensils
4. Replace plastic with glass – from storing your water, to your food, eliminating plastic eliminates toxins and carcinogens
5. Drink and bathe in clean, filtered water
6. Begin replacing toxic furniture and bedding
While we highly recommend air filters and purifiers, there are some additional things that should be done in order to keep the air in your home clean and safe. Here’s how to increase clean air in your home in addition to air purifiers:
Dust and deep clean frequently
Open your windows in order to air out and ventilate your home
Diffuse essential oils – my favorites are lavender & geranium
Make your own cleaning products
Use plants to clean your air! They are beautiful and effective
Best plants to purify the air: English Ivy, Pothos, Snake Plants, Spider Plants, Bamboo, Chinese Evergreen, Weeping Fig, Dragon Tree, Aloe Vera, Gerbera Daisies
Favorite home air filter systems are –
But those are fairly pricey. If you are on a budget you can get a more cost-effective air filter system such as Germ Guardian or the IonB-1000.
Ditch the plastic – beginning with your filter and ending with the storage container – even the pitcher systems that are BPA free still have harmful toxins and carcinogens. Store water in glass containers once filtered.
A few of our practitioners favorite filter systems are Aquatru and for more cost effective options try filtering your water with a Brita system (usually you can find one for around $20) and then immediately store the water in glass containers.
Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, a chemical formerly used in the production of nonstick pans like Teflon was highly toxic. Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, Teflon’s generic name is still used and is just one of the many toxins your body can be exposed to through your cookware. That’s where stainless steel, ceramic, enameled, or cast iron pots and pans come in as non-toxic and great non-stick alternatives
Here are some of our practitioners favorites:
Lodge Cast Iron
Cast iron dutch oven – Amazon Basics makes a cost effective option
For stainless steel Cuisinart
The Always Pan
Clean skin begins with the water you shower in! Our skin is the body’s largest microbiome and toxins absorbed through the skin negatively impacts your health and the visual quality of skin. Be sure to get a water filter for your shower that will protect your skin from drinking in heavy metals such as fluoride, mercury, PCB’s, chlorine, lead, arsenic and dioxin.
Here are a few options for shower filters ranging in price:
Here are some of my favorite safe, non-toxic changes to make to your home. You can find more options and information at the blog post below.
Mattress: Naturepedic, Avocado, Awara, cost effective option: Live and Sleep CLASSIC2020 you can get $50 off plus a free pillow
Sheets: Plover, SOL Organics, and Coyuchi
Furniture: Medley Home, InMod, and The Futon Shop
Paint: Clare and ECOS
Towels: Towl, Coyuchi, and SOL Organics
It’s time to up-level your cleaning products. Cleaning products are notorious for having harsh toxic chemicals that are dangerous to you, your family and your pets.
Here are a few simple home cleaning product staples –
Apple cider vinegar
Lemon essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Pure unscented Castile soap