How to detox your home

Detoxing your home needn’t be difficult. Here are six simple steps to get you started.

We all make New Year Resolutions; some we keep and others, quite frankly, we don’t. The good news is that if this year you vow to live a healthier life, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy non-toxic living can be.

The key is to start with small changes to your daily routine. This will make a huge difference when it comes to the short and long-term effects of chemical exposure, and you won’t be overwhelmed. Remember, this is not a fad diet, the idea is to make it a lifestyle change. So start small, be consistent and then add incremental changes as the year progresses.

So, where should you start? Here are six easy tips that you can incorporate into your everyday routine all year long. In doing so, you will be able to eliminate countless harmful chemicals from your daily routine and stick to that healthy living resolution for 2017 and beyond.

How to detox your home in six steps:

  1. Open your windows every single day: (even if just for a few minutes) Why? The air inside of our homes can be more toxic than the air outside, thanks to chemicals from cleaning products, flame retardants in furniture, lead in paint etc which migrate into the air and dust, making a tightly sealed home a pretty toxic one. So, open those windows and allow fresh air to circulate and those nasty chemicals to escape.
  2. Stop using synthetic home fragrances: This includes deodorizing sprays, plugins and even many candles, all of which contaminate the air inside our homes. Opt for candles made from 100% beeswax or a spray using water mixed with your favorite pure essential oil.
  3. Streamline your beauty routine: Why? Our skin is our largest organ and everything we put on it is absorbed by our bodies. If you are pregnant, everything you use on your body will, thus, make its way to your unborn baby. Using less products on a daily basis will expose you to less chemicals. You don’t need to stop using your favorites, but keep those for special occasions and stick to a more simplified daily routine.
  4. Switch to safer products: Start purchasing personal care products from companies that use non-toxic ingredients or make your own. When inspecting the ingredient lists, you should be able to recognise what each one is. A good place to start for both children and parents is by switching to a safer daily moisturizer. Many mainstream moisturizers contain chemicals that have been linked to hormonal disruption, cancer and skin allergies. Instead, try organic unrefined oils. These are excellent moisturizers and completely safe for infants and pregnant mothers. My favorite is organic coconut oil. Prefer traditional moisturizers?   Plenty of safe options exist for your entire family. Our favorites, available on The Tot, are:
  1. Seek alternatives to plastic for food storage: Do you have a lot of plastic in your kitchen? Baby bottles, cups, plates, food storage containers? The problem with plastic is that it can leach chemicals linked to hormone disruption, developmental issues and cancer into your food, especially when exposed to heat (ie: hot food on a plate, plastics in the dishwasher, microwaving plastics and serving warm milk in a baby bottle). The good news is that there are many safer alternatives to plastic like glass, stainless steel, food-grade silicone, bamboo and wood. Invest in a set of glass containers such as these from Wean Green to safely store and reheat food.
  2. Keep plastic away from kid’s food: Infants and children are most vulnerable to hormone disrupting chemicals in plastics…. this year, serve their milk and/or food in safer materials, we love these from The Tot: