Detoxing your home can sometimes feel like a daunting task. With all the different things to think about sometimes it’s easier to just ignore the whole thing and continue undisturbed. Easier, but certainly not healthier. We know it can be rough. Heck, we’ve had our share of false starts. So to ease you into home detoxing we have come up with a list of ideas that will get you excited enough to try them. Think of it as designer detox, as these ideas are all guaranteed to give your space a face-lift while lifting unwanted toxins from your space. (Saw what we did there?)
The good news is that most of these can be implemented with one quick visit to your favorite home goods store. Perfect excuse for a quick shopping trip!
1. Bring in some air-cleaning plants
While all plants release oxygen through photosynthesis, scientists have found some to be better at purifying the air than others. Houseplants can absorb harmful toxins from the air, especially in enclosed spaces with little air flow. So adding air-cleaning houseplants to your space is a good way to detox while beautifying your home. Consider plants like aloe vera and potted palms if you’re not sure where to start.
2. Switch out your plastic containers for glass
Some plastics contain BPA which has been linked to cancer and phthalates. For this reason, many detox experts and doctors recommend cutting back on your use of plastics, especially where you have a choice. So why not trade in those dingy plastic storage containers for fancier glass containers with fewer health risks?
3. Buy clean burning candles
Who doesn’t love a good scented candle? Imagine if you could enjoy your favorite fragrance without having to worry about all the toxic crap most candles release into the air? Actually, you can. With clean burning candles. These are generally made with sustainable waxes that are safe for the environment while not sacrificing quality. You can choose between soy wax, beeswax, palm oil wax or coconut wax. Just be sure to check your labels.
4. Get new towels
If the towels that you are currently using are not organic, now is a good time to trade them in for a more environmentally-friendly set. The beauty about these towels is that you won’t have to sacrifice on quality just because you want to protect your household and the environment. Many brands are just as fluffy as you would expect while being certified organic and environmentally friendly. As always, just be sure to read the label.
5. Roll on a coat of non-toxic paint
While this one may be more labor-intensive than the others its impact is noticeable right away and the return on investment can’t be beat. Nothing says I’ve done some redecorating like a coat of fresh paint, and it can be quite the picker-upper for a space. What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy it and rest easy knowing that it is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.