Detox your Healthy Home

The detox benefits of eating clean, nutritious, whole foods are clear – the less toxins, chemicals, and junk you feed your body, the more vibrant a life you’ll lead. While the phrase “you are what you eat” stands true, the state of your environment also impacts your health.

Detox and Cleaning Products
Begin your healthy home detox by switching to natural alternatives. Not all cleaning products list their ingredients, so a little extra know-how may be required – anything with a danger, hazard, or poison label should be avoided along with ingredients (in the rare event they are listed) like ammonia, DEA, APEs, and TEA.

Although even the most natural cleaners contain small amounts of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, choose cleaning products like you would food. Opt for short ingredient lists (five or less) and make sure you comprehend most of the terms – plant-based ingredients are the best choices, followed by solvent and phosphate-free labels. Avoid labels that promote vague, unfounded terms like “natural” and “ecologically-friendly”. (This is marketing speak.)

Alternatively, you may make your own products. Baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and cornstarch are pantry staples that can also double up as cleaning supplies. Combined with hot water and elbow grease, you may never need to use a chemical cleaner again.

Here are some non-toxic store brands that I like-

  • Better Life Simply Floored! This non-toxic solution works on all flooring types and it requires no rinsing because it leaves no residue. Learn more here.
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap This biodegradable organic soap can do most everything! Use it to clean counters and watch them sparkle. Fair Trade, too! Learn more here.

Detox Furniture and Textiles
Mattress manufacturers often add flame retardants in order to comply with fire regulations. Regardless of the chemical concoction used (there are more than a few), retardants are known to cause poor brain development as well as learning, behavior, and memory problems in children. Carpets also contain their own chemical cocktail – stain resistance treatments, antimicrobial properties, antistatic agents, etc. In reality, none of this is good for you.

Be a conscious consumer and think detox when you choose a mattress made from natural materials like untreated cotton or wool. Also ensure they are free from synthetic materials like foam, glue, and moth-proofing chemicals. Use the same standards when choosing bedding, curtains, and rugs. Clean carpets with a plant-based detergent, or if you’re moving homes or renovating, opt for hardwood floors instead.

Detox Painting and DIY
Be sure to use no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints. Many companies advertise no-VOC, but this is only the base white paint. Once color is added, it’s no longer no-VOC. If you prefer using wallpaper, avoid vinyl varieties which can trap mold and fungus and cause respiratory problems. Detoxing your home and creating a Zen environment and sprucing up a living space requires a lot less than you may think. Natural woods, white wash (no-VOC) painted walls, and minimalistic furniture goes a long way. Decorate with other natural fabrics such as hemp, bamboo, silk, and linen.

A truly clean, green home can’t be achieved overnight – so if you can’t incorporate these detox suggestions right now, that’s okay. Begin with one or two small changes and make forward progress from there.