It’s March so let the spring cleaning commence! Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. The leaves come back and fill our trees with luscious green leaves. Birds make their way back to our window sills (and cars..lol) and the air has a crisp yet dewy feel. Many of us look at spring as a time to detox and de-clutter from the winter. When it comes to home, you don’t have to go overboard. Small changes can easily make for a non toxic, healthy and clean sanctuary. Here are 4 simple ways to detox your living space.
Clear Your Closet..Again
I know, we did this for the New Year..lol. This time go through every closet in your home. Clear out anything that has not been worn or used in the last year. I usually go by season. To make it simple, winter items that I didn’t wear this winter or the previous one MUST go. I use that rule of thumb with all clothing, footwear, linens and even accessories. It’s a great way to make room for new inventory while giving you an idea of what you actually need to buy or replace. Feel free to look at your makeup and hair products and do the same!
Take Off Your Shoes
Mom wasn’t saying this just for her health! Our shoes carry so many germs on a daily basis. They can trek in nasty stuff like road sealant, pesticides, saliva and lead dust along with a million other things that can cause illness. Make it a rule for yourself and guests to take shoes off before entering your home.
Crack The Windows
Did you know indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air? Try opening your windows to let fresh air circulate as long as the weather permits. This is a great way to flush toxins out when you and family members are sick as well.
The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals, many of which we are unable to see, smell or taste. In small doses, exposure to these chemicals may not be harmful. However, longtime exposure to these toxins will lead to health problems.Avoid cleaners with triclosan. It’s been linked to liver and inhalation toxicity and even low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients may also increase bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Try opting for simple natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. You can also make your own DIY household cleaner using baking soda, washing soda, distilled white vinegar, Dr. Bronner’s peppermint oil soap and tea tree oil. If you’re not into the DIY method, here a few household cleaning brands that are triclosan free and void of other harmful chemicals and dyes:
- Seventh Generation
- Green Works
- J.R Watkins
- Mrs. Meyers
- The Honest Company
Seems easy right? There are a million other ways you can detox your home and live a less toxic lifestyle. These basic steps can help you get started in doing so without becoming overwhelmed. Just be sure to balance your home with an abundance of love, compassion, selflessness and forgiveness. Ridding your home of emotional toxicity is just as essential for a healthy home.
Stay tuned for more detox tips this month!
-Healthy Hair To Toe <3