August 05, 2017
You might be doing an excellent job at detoxifying your skin and body (if you’re reading this & thinking ‘I’m doing nothing of the sort!’ then quickly go & read my recent blog post on dry body-brushing, which is a great place to start!), but even if you are looking after your health on the inside, you might be un-doing a lot of your hard work if you’re spending your days & nights in a home which is full of toxins (and most homes are.)
If you’re busy, time-poor or just don’t have a handle yet on the green-living movement, here are three very easy, quick and affordable ways to detoxify your home – today! Because every big change starts with a few small things.
1. Switch ornaments for plants
In case you hadn’t heard yet; plants are extremely good for you! Not only do they look beautiful, brighten a space and add colour to your home, they’re also excellent air purifiers. Plants have the ability to keep air temperature down, reduce the levels of certain airborne pollutants, and reduce carbon dioxide levels in the home. Better air quality = less allergies, healthier lungs and more energy! So what are you waiting for? Some particularly purifying plant species include Garden Mum (flowering chrysanthemum), Spider Plants (much prettier than they sound!), Peace Lilies, and Aloe Vera (doubles as a wound-healing ointment if the need ever arises!).
2. Clean your fresh produce before you eat it
This is SO important, especially if you’re not in the habit of buying organic fruit & veg (which can be expensive!). If you’re eating the skin of your fruit and veg, this is even more essential. Skins can hold onto dirt, pesticides and all manner of chemical materials – and washing them takes a few seconds and costs next to nothing.
My favourite solution is just water, lemon juice and white vinegar (try 1 cup of water to 1 tablespoon each of lemon & vinegar). You can either spray the solution on with a spray bottle then let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing off, or, for odd-shaped things like leafy greens, simply ‘bathe’ the leaves in a bowl of the lemon-vinegar solution before drying them off for use.
3. Switch nasty surface cleansers for a more natural (& cheaper!) alternative
Spray & wipe products might seem convenient; but they’re loaded with nasty chemicals which you most definitely don’t want finding their way into your food (or the air in your kitchen).
A much better alternative is to use a homemade solution; and it’s so easy to do! Add a tablespoon of white vinegar plus a few drops of orange/lemon essential oil to a cup of water, and store in a spray bottle. Then, just spray and wipe like you would usually. You’ll be amazed at how effective it is.