9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home

Woman cleaning the kitchen

You’ve had “spring cleaning” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation and yoga, now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality. Consider this: The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home, so you and your family and enjoy a healthier spring:

1. One of the easiest things to do is remove your shoes when entering your home. And besides, everyone loves indulging their feet with some cozy warm slippers.

2. Open a window often, even if it’s just a crack, to allow fresh air exchange. Every morning I open wide my kitchen window as a wake-up-feel-alive exercise, deeply breathing in the cool spring air.

3. Switch all conventional household cleaners to greener, more natural alternatives. Eco cleaners are everywhere; try vinegar, baking soda and lemons.

4. Buy only natural carpeting products, furnishings and bedding, and use only nontoxic paints and finishes. This is my area of expertise: You no longer need to sacrifice beauty in order to purchase environmentally friendly furnishings — the choices are now abundant (yay!).

5. Get some living plants. Plants not only create oxygen, they remove chemicals. A great book is How to Grow Fresh Air.

6. Be aware of all plastics entering your home, from dry cleaning bags (really bad stuff) to various food containers.

7. Check out all the ingredients in your personal care and beauty products for any hidden creepy culprits you may unknowingly be applying directly to your largest organ — your skin.

8. Reduce unwanted mail and catalog clutter as well as unsolicited telephone intrusions.

9. Start a daily commitment to lessen toxic materials — as well as people, thoughts, words, ideas and habits — and allow the cultivation of healthier environments, both inside and out!

Here’s to a lighter, healthier home!


  1. What a good way! Thanks for sharing .

    V.jasmine | March 3rd, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  2. I have always used vinegar, and just started using baking soda, you need a little elbow grease but i treat it as a work out, also i don’t have to worry about the grandson or puppies getting ill, I also just had a problem with ants yeah already all i did was use cinnamin worked like a charm….

    Tammie | March 18th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  3. i am curious about how tammie used cinnamon to get rid of ants.
    they are a problem every spring .

    ls | April 8th, 2011 | Comment Permalink

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