January is the time to re-evaluate our homes, organise things and tidy up. Sometimes, however, amongst all the decluttering, tidying, and redecorating, we can forget another important factor: detox. If you thought detoxing was all about drinking green juices and swearing off alcohol and sugar then you’re missing a big part of what can make us healthier: the environment we live in. Yes, this is about detoxing our homes, making the space we’re living in not only cleaner, but also healthier.
There are many places in our homes that are fairly overloaded with toxins and nowhere is it more obvious than where we’re trying to be the most hygienic. So, the bathroom is a good place to start with our detox. If you’re using commercial products that are full of chemicals, think about replacing some of them with more natural products. There are quite a few good brands on supermarket shelves now that are eco-friendly and less toxic to our homes as well as the environment. If you’re looking to go even more ‘green’, then you might want to consider things like lemon juice, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, soap, tea tree oil and clove oil for cleaning and disinfecting this room. You can also detox your personal care by buying natural and organic skin care products that won’t affect your health or the environment.
Detoxing our home also means cleansing the air we breathe. There are some simple steps you can take to achieve this. The interiors of our homes are often more polluted than the outsides, so open your windows and let some fresh air in on a regular basis. Vacuuming regularly with a vacuum cleaner that has an anti-allergy filter will reduce dust mites and other allergens in the air. You should also consider bringing in some plants to cleanse the air. Plants like English Ivy, Boston Fern, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Rubber Plant and Bamboo Palm don’t only look beautiful, but they help to naturally purify the air we breathe. Consider getting rid of all commercial air fresheners as these are completely counter-productive to having all those plants. Instead, use natural oils and diffusers to fragrance your home. The smell of orange, lavender (very calming), eucalyptus or mint oils are not only very pleasant but they won’t harm your family or pets. When it comes to candles (after all, it’s only January and the evenings are still long), try to only buy natural beeswax candles. They won’t release toxins into your home they way ordinary candles do.
The kitchen, very much like the bathroom, is another place where we often encounter a lot of toxins. We are bombarded with adverts telling us to sanitise absolutely everything and get rid of all bacteria, but this often comes with a heavy dose of pollutants and chemicals. You can use the same basic items (lemon juice, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda etc.) you would use in your bathroom to clean your kitchen. Buying a water filter will help bringing down the toxins in water and is a far better solution for the environment than bottled water. Wherever possible, try to buy organic fruit and veg that haven’t been sprayed with all sorts of nasty pesticides. Try to avoid non-stick pots and pans as they are said to contain carcinogens which can contaminate your food. Instead, buy some good quality stainless steel items that will last you a long time and won’t contaminate your food.
I hope all these tips are helpful and inspire you to start the year in a healthier home.