How to Detox Your Home

The best part of my day is when I finally get to return home, able to unwind and relax, throw on a face mask and...
How to Detox Your Home

The best part of my day is when I finally get to return home, able to unwind and relax, throw on a face mask and indulge in a much needed Netflix binge. Home really is my sanctuary and safe space, where the worries of the world are left at the door.  In an effort to make sure this space remains safe, I have become committed to minimizing toxins within my living space. Though its not always easy and straight forward - I am determined to see it through! Here are the steps I have been following to start detoxing my space!

 #1: Stop using plastic 

First and foremost is to stop using plastic bottles. I used to believe that using a plastic bottle once in a while was never doing any harm. However, plastic bottles are a double negative: harmful to health and the environment. Initially, there was bisphenol A (BPA), a potent endocrine disruptor. Exposure increases when plastics are heated, such as in microwaves or hot cars. Then, there was the switch to BPA-free, offering hope. However, it turned out that BPA-free plastics harbor equally harmful additives. A smarter and more cost-effective option is to either purchase a Brita filter or, if you dislike the idea of refilling it, invest in a countertop water filter. When you go to the grocery store, use reusable bags. Using plastic bags can introduce toxic chemical additives into your body, which can alter hormone activity and disrupt reproduction, growth, and cognitive function. Using tote bags, such as the Out of the Woods City Tote or Iconic Shopper, not only simplifies your life but also protects your health. Having a reusable bag always in your car or close to the door also saves you a little cash because you won't be charged a fee for using plastic or have the fear that it might break when you get home.

The City Tote


The Iconic Shopper

 #2: Take your shoes off when you get home  

Take off your shoes as soon as you walk in. It's not just about comfort—it's about keeping your place cleaner and avoiding tracking in dirt and germs. So, the moment you step inside, kick those shoes off. Your feet—and your floors—will thank you.

 #3 Dust is the worst roommate

House dust isn't just irritating for allergies; it's loaded with harmful chemicals like lead, fire retardants, pesticides, and more. Getting an air purifier is the best roomie. Air purifiers function by employing an internal filter and fan to draw in undesirable particles from the air in a room. Subsequently, they expel clean air back into the room. This process occurs several times each hour, continuously enhancing indoor air quality. Even doing a quick vacuum of your house twice a week, will help fix the ongoing issues of dust.

 #4 Non-toxic cleaning products

The labels on your products aren't lying to you. The cleaning products stashed under your sink, marked with "warning" and "poison" labels, harbor a potent blend of chemicals. Opt for environmentally friendly cleaners labeled "green" that are free of chlorine or ammonia. Prioritize those labeled "petroleum-free," "biodegradable," or "phosphate-free. 

 #5 Gosh it smells good 

Cut out synthetic fragrances in air fresheners, candles, and personal care items—they often harbor harmful chemicals. Choose fragrance-free or naturally scented alternatives.

In the quest for a healthier home environment, these simple yet impactful steps can help taking on toxicity seem less, well, toxic. With each step, your home will continue to become and remain your safe place. 

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