Anytime you hear the word detox it’s usually in regards to your body and what you can’t eat or what you need to be drinking. But the main goal is always to flush out toxins and “clean” out your system. Which is essentially what you should be doing for your home as well.

Your home is where you spend the majority of your time. The air you breathe, the chemicals you clean with, the products you use all a play a part in you and your family’s health. There are many things you can do to live cleaner & remove chemicals & toxins from your environment. Just remember detoxing your home is a process. It won’t happen overnight. Start making changes one step at a time and in a year your home will be greener and closer to toxin free! The best part is you’ll start to physically feel better too!

Here are a few ways you can begin. Again don’t feel like you need to implement these all in one week or even one month. Pick two and do it for two weeks then add two more. Some of these you may be doing already.

  1. Take your shoes off at the door.
    Keep as much bacteria & germs out of your house as possible!

  1. Keep your air clean.
    Open windows if it’s warm enough or use a diffuser to clean your air during the winter season. Indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted as outdoor air, especially during the winter when you’ve been cooped up for months. House plants are also a great way to help reduce volatile organic compounds (like formaldehyde) in the air.

  1. No more Dryer Sheets.
    Get rid of the dryer sheets & use wool balls (you can make or buy these). Dryer sheets have chemicals like quaternary ammonium compounds (which have been linked to the development of asthma) and acetone, also found in nail polish remover.

  1. No more Plastics.
    Replace your plastics with glass or at least get rid of the toxic plastics. Some plastic containers can leach out a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA), which is known to tamper with our hormones. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned BPA from infant bottles and sippy cups. Look for plastics marked with a 7, which may contain BPA, and never put BPA-containing plastics in the microwave or dishwasher; BPAs are more likely to leach out when heated.

  1. Go green with household cleaners.
    You can make your own or buy green cleaners but make sure to read labels if you do. The majority of the cleaners on the market are poisonous to our bodies. The MOST toxic offenders are drain, oven, and toilet bowl cleaners or products that contain chlorine or ammonia. (In fact, mixing chlorine with ammonia creates chloramine, a toxic gas that was used as a weapon during World War I.) Making your own products is easy & can save you money.

  1. Replace Teflon pots & pans.
    This is a hard one for me because I hate losing half of my eggs to the pan but non-stick pots and pans come with a hefty price tag. The chemicals that manufacturers use to create the seemingly magic lining of nonstick cookware are made with fluoropolymers and fluorinated telomers. These could end up damaging your liver or thyroid, or messing with your immune system. So reduce your risk of endocrine and immune system damage by using iron, porcelain-coated, stainless steel, or glass pots and pans instead.

  1. Check your personal care products.
    Most of your soaps, shampoos and toothpastes and even make up contain sodium laurel sulfates (SLS). It is a surfactant which means it is used to break down and clean slippery grease havens like pavement and car parts. Yes, the same harsh chemical used in industrial cleaning is being used in your mouth, armpits and hair. No wonder you get so fresh and clean!

    Instead start buying brands that use natural ingredients like Jason’s, Avalon Organics or doTERRA. You can even make some of your own products. Whipping up a body butter, lip balm & body wash can be a fun project for the weekend & ingredients like beeswax, Shea butter and coconut oil are actually good for your body & cost less!

  1. Use essential oils to disinfect.
    Essential oils like melaleuca, lemon, lime and cinnamon are great for their disinfectant properties. These are better for you than commercial anti-bacterial products, which typically contain chemicals like triclosan and formaldehyde and work just as well if not better!

  1. No more plastic at the dry cleaners!
    Tell the dry cleaner not to use the plastic wrap or remove it as soon as possible (as the plastic traps the dry cleaning chemicals on clothes and in your closet). Let your dry cleaning air out (preferably outside) before storing it. Use “wet cleaning” if you are lucky enough to have it in your area.

  1. Get to know the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists.
    If you can’t afford to buy all organic produce, focus on avoiding the items with the most pesticides.