The word “detox” is all about eliminating unhealthy substances from your body, so, naturally, the items used in your home should mirror that conscious choice. The space in which you live should act as a foundation for your overall healthy lifestyle; it should inspire you to continue your journey. Detoxifying your home sounds like a daunting task, but it’s all about taking one step at a time. Don’t let a wonderful goal overwhelm you. Instead, feel excited about a worthy challenge that will benefit you both mentally and physically. Acknowledge that it will take a bit of research and time, but that making these healthy switches will be absolutely worth it in the end. This is all about new beginnings and being more aware of what’s surrounding us in our daily lives, from furniture to food. So, where to start? Here are 10 ways to detox your home.
1. Take Your Shoes Off
Have you thought about the dirt and germs that live on the bottom of your shoes? Okay, don’t think about it too long since it’s kind of gross, but you shouldn’t be wearing your shoes all over the house. You may be super excited about the new pair of heels you bought the other day (I totally understand the joyous feeling), but leave them at the door and away from your hardwood floors. You can also organize them neatly on a shoe rack, either in your mudroom or in your closet. I personally keep my fancier shoes in their original boxes so they are protected. As long as you’re putting your shoes in their proper place, you’re good!
2. Switch to Natural Cleaning Products
There are unhealthy and dangerous chemicals lingering in too many popular cleaning products. Phthalates, ammonia, and sodium hydroxide can be replaced with safer ingredients like baking soda and vinegar. There are brands such as BioKleen and The Simply Co. that offer natural alternatives to household products. There are also plenty of DIY “recipes” for you to try—the possibilities are endless.
3. Upgrade Your Furniture
When shopping for furniture, most people simply think about aesthetics and functionality without actually considering whether or not the materials used are harmful to our health. Chemical flame retardants, particle board, and toxic glues are found in an array of furniture pieces. This is why we offer organic sofas and natural platform beds.
Our Verona line of organic sofas, loveseats, and armchairs is both sophisticated and safe. We use organic fabrics for the upholstery (your choice between organic cotton, organic hemp, or a blend of the two), and natural Talalay latex for the cushions. Curl up with a book in one of our armchairs with the knowledge that this cozy and elegant piece of furniture is not adding any toxic chemicals to your home environment.