Even your home needs a good detox from time to time. And since such an environment is extremely beneficial for both your physical and mental health, you may want to consider adopting certain home maintenance habits that will keep your home toxins-free more effectively. After all, personal environment affects us all greatly; not to mention that detoxifying your space thoroughly will also keep the allergies at bay. If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do in order to detoxify your home and make it perfectly safe for every member of your household, keep on reading.
Take your shoes off before entering
Depending on where you live in the world, this custom may sound completely natural or completely silly to you. But even if it’s the latter, think this through carefully. In the end, this is one of the simplest habits to adopt while it can do a lot for your health. Essentially, wearing shoes that you wore outside in your home means that you’ll also get the toxins, dirt, dust and other potential allergens inside. Leaving the shoes on the shoe rack or in the hall will effectively prevent this from happening.
Air your home frequently
People often avoid opening their windows thinking that the dust will get inside. However, this can only make things worse indoors. With no airflow inside your home, carbon dioxide, which humans breathe out, will accumulate in large amounts. This is extremely unhealthy for people living there. Such a health hazard can be easily prevented with regular practice to just leave the windows open for a while and let the fresh air circulate around. Together with decorating your home with a couple of toxin-fighting plants, you’ll make a huge difference for the overall safety of your home. Another interesting practice to maintain adequate ventilation is to eliminate the chemical air fresheners and replace them with fresh flowers or herbs.
Use homemade cleaners
Many organic ingredients are good alternatives to clean the home without having to resort to the aggressive chemicals found in the store-bought cleaners. In fact, combining several of these can make a multi-purpose cleaner that will effectively disinfect and polish several different surfaces.
For instance, you could mix apple cider vinegar, baking soda and water for areas such as the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom.
- 1 and ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 spray bottle
All you have to do is pour all the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake the bottle well before use. Then just spray the mix on the surface and wipe it with a clean cloth. Much safer, equally effective and definitely toxin-free!
Get rid of the smoke
Smoke is very dangerous for one’s health, especially when it accumulates inside your home. Smoking is already a dangerous habit, but if you can’t bring yourself to stop just yet, at least refrain from smoking indoors. Even secondhand smoke and the lingering toxins in the air can damage your lungs. Air out your home, steam clean the textures and wipe the surfaces with a natural cleaning solution. If smoke is still one of your biggest concerns, it would be wise to invest in the best air purifier for smoke in your home. For a smoker, this is an absolute must-have that will detoxify your home and make it safer for other members of your household. What’s more, the potential gasses and fumes that may get inside your place when you try to air it out will also be effectively removed.
Pay attention to paint
You may or may not be satisfied with the current look of your walls. But, you should definitely examine whether or not your paint (and even floor and furniture coatings) contain harmful toxins. For starters, you should always go with low VOC paint. The painting process is not that challenging and yet, a fresh coat of paint means a lot for a safer home. In case you’re interested in wallpaper, you may want to stay away from vinyl wallpaper. Even though it can be useful in certain situations, it also can trap mould and cause respiratory issues. Materials such as bamboo, linen, silk and hemp should also be your go-to materials when home décor is concerned.
Remove the mould
The moment you notice mould or mildew form in any area of your home, basement included, get rid of it as soon as possible! Mould is one of the potential causes of respiratory disorders, sore throat and skin irritations. Proper ventilation and regular cleaning schedule are two key factors to prevent it from forming. In case the mould is out of control, or it keeps reappearing, you may want to call in professionals, as it’s entirely possible that there’s a spot in your home that allows moisture to gather. This may require a bit more effort and investment on your part, but it’s essential for preventing your home from turning into a health hazard.
Detoxifying your home is not a project that can be completed overnight. After all, the biggest part of this practice has everything to do with your own habits. In that respect, start slowly but surely, and encourage everyone in your household to do their own bit in keeping the place safe and toxin-free.
Stella van Lane is an interior designer and mental health advocate based in Sydney. She spends her free time blogging. Stella is in love with coffee, chocolate, music, books and good vibes. Her top interests are health, yoga, meditation and interior design. She enjoys helping other people by sharing her experience and knowledge.
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