We hate to break it to you, but cancer-causing chemicals are everywhere — including your home. That being said, there are effective ways to detox your home and get on track with a healthier, chemical-free (for the most part), life.
From cleaning supplies to medications to harmful chemicals found in your carpet, we share effective tips and tricks to cleanse your home once and for all.
1. Decorate with detoxifying houseplants
One of the best ways to purify the air and detox your home is by adding some detoxifying houseplants to your decor. While they can be challenging to care for, certain houseplants can work like a filter to purify the air. Here are some of our favorites:
- Aloe vera: This plant can absorb chemicals from cleaning products and also warn you if there is an excess amount of chemicals in the air.
- Areca palm: This plant helps restore moisture in the air — like a natural humidifier.
- Spider plant: This plant is able to get rid of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene.
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2. Switch out your cleaning products for DIY or all-natural products
Another way to detox your home of dangerous chemicals? Cut right to the source and replace your cleaning products with DIY or all-natural products. Doing so can ensure you aren’t adding any more harmful chemicals to your home. Not to mention: It’s better for the environment.
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3. Clean your toilet bowl with white vinegar
This will definitely help you save money. Did you know you could clean your toilet bowl with white vinegar? All you have to do is pour a glass of white vinegar into the bowl before bed, give it a good scrub, and voilá! You’ll have a sparkly clean toilet bowl by morning.
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4. Use freshly ground coffee as a fridge air freshener
Want to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean? Use extra ground coffee to get the job done. Simply place a bowl of freshly ground coffee in your fridge and you’re good to go.
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5. Make your own fabric softener
You can ditch your dryer sheets for a homemade version. According to Mind Body Green, all you have to do is mix 8 cups of coarse salt with 50 drops of your favorite essential oil (try mixing a few scents together!). Then, when it comes time to wash, add 6 tablespoons of the mixture to each load.
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6. Detoxify your beauty products
Keep getting that rouge pimple? Consider doing a deep cleanse of your makeup products. Beauty products can be full of gross and harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc on your body over time. Instead, opt for homemade or all-natural products.
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7. Switch to homeopathic medicines
In addition to cleaning products, your medicine cabinets are another place nasty chemicals may be lurking. Start by going through your medicine and tossing anything that is expired (including vitamins!). Then, take a look at what’s left — and what you need to replace — and find homeopathic versions at your local health food store.
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8. Part ways with your plastic containers
While most plastic storage containers are now BPA-free, it’s still not the best for you — or, the environment. Instead, swap out those plastic containers for glass and porcelain ones. Not only do they look nicer, they’re better for your health and the environment, and last longer, too!
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9. Leave shoes at the front door
Do you always take your shoes off at the front door? Always leaving shoes near the front door can help keep your house cleaner. Good Morning America tested the bottom of shoes and found one mom had 66 million organisms! Another study found 9 different types of bacteria on shoes, which can cause infections in our stomachs, eyes, and lungs.