9 simple ways to begin a home detox

Welcome to the new year! While many of us focus on eating healthier in January, or embarking on a detox, ensuring we have a clean and safe home environment can often be overlooked. The start of the year is an ideal time to go through your home and clear out any toxic or harmful elements. We are exposed to more toxins than ever before and it’s possible for the average house to contain over 500 chemicals. Read on for some simple but beneficial ways to help establish a safe and healthy home.

1.   Use ecofriendly cleaning products. An easy and effective introduction is to swap conventional cleaning products that you come into contact with daily – laundry detergent, dish soap, body care, bubble bath - with eco-friendly products. There are many on the market, so do your homework to ensure it is well and truly natural. We trust ecostore. If you’re into DIY, make your own general cleaner, simply mix baking soda, ACV or lemon juice, your favourite essential oil and water in a squirt bottle and use it to wipe down kitchen surfaces or windows. 

2.   Upgrade your plastic containers. Choose 2 or 3 of your favourite and most used plastic containers and replace them with glass or stainless-steel containers. This reduces the portion of your diet that comes in contact with plastic. Toxic chemicals in plastic can leach from normal wear and tear, as well as through heat (like dishwashers and microwaves).  

3.   Say goodbye to plastic in the kitchen. It’s best to avoid plastic food wrap, both for your health and the environment. It often contains BPA which is known to disrupt the endocrine system. Use beeswax wraps to cover plates or choose to store food in glass containers, mason jars or fabric snack bags. 

4.   Review your Pots and pans. When non-stick cookware is exposed to heat, the PTFE-coating, also known as Teflon, can become a health concern. It is convenient and easy to use, but is it safe? Click here for a good read, full of specific details. Consider other options such as ceramic or glass bakeware, cast iron pans or stoneware. 

5.   Refresh the indoor air.  Open those windows - it’s estimated that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Use natural air fresheners or diffuse essential oils into the air. Aromatherapy has many benefits, try orange, geranium, pine or frankincense in your home to boost energy, calm nerves, sharpen the mind, as well as general good vibes. 

6.   Enjoy the glow. Himalayan salt lamps give off a lovely gentle glow and improve the general atmosphere of a room. Did you know they also decrease air pollution and electrosmog caused by electronic devices, while providing more negative ions? Learn more about these lamps here

7.   Bring the outside in. Some varieties of indoor plants naturally filter toxins out of the air and increase oxygen levels, while also adding natural beauty to the room. The following plants are known for their ability to improve indoor air quality: Peace Lily (very popular as it is hardy and low maintenance), Gerbera Daisy, succulents, spider plants, Areca palm, Aloe Vera and Chinse evergreen. 

8.   Invest in a water filter. Drinking filtered water offers similar benefits to eating an organic diet: a reduced number of contaminants. Order your water filter from this NZ owned company. 

9.   Make Simple Swaps

  • Burn natural beeswax or soy candles made with natural scents and that are paraffin free. 
  • Say goodbye to dryer sheets – wool dryer balls are an excellent, natural alternative. Check out these NZ made dryer balls.  
  • Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar can soften your clothes. Simply replace your fabric conditioner with half a cup of apple cider vinegar in the wash machine. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can also replace your window wash. Create a 50:50 solution with water, and spray it onto your windows. Wait for the windows to dry and then wipe them to remove streaks.