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9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Posted By Cheryl Terrace On April 5, 2011 @ 3:11 pm In Green Living, Healthy Home | 3 Comments

Woman cleaning the kitchen [1]

You’ve had “spring cleaning [2]” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation [3] and yoga [4], now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment [5]. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality [6]. 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 [7]. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home [8], 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 [9].

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 [10] to greener, more natural alternatives [11]. Eco cleaners are everywhere; try vinegar, baking soda and lemons.

4. Buy only natural carpeting products, furnishings [12] and bedding [13], and use only nontoxic paints and finishes [14]. 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 [15] for any hidden creepy culprits you may unknowingly be applying directly to your largest organ — your skin.

8. Reduce unwanted mail and catalog clutter [16] as well as unsolicited telephone intrusions.

9. Start a daily commitment to lessen toxic materials [17] — as well as people, thoughts [18], words, ideas and habits — and allow the cultivation of healthier environments, both inside and out!

Here’s to a lighter, healthier home!

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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HowToDetoxYourHomeBlog.jpg

[2] spring cleaning: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/green-your-spring-cleaning-how-to-celebrate-the-planet-and-your-home/

[3] meditation: http://life.gaiam.com/guides/meditation-answers-solutions-go-guide

[4] yoga: http://life.gaiam.com/guides/yoga-answers-and-solutions-go-guide

[5] detox your home environment: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-frank-lipman/20-ways-to-detox-your-hom_b_682615.html

[6] healthy air quality: http://life.gaiam.com/article/breathe-easier-your-home

[7] resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air: http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/three_shocking_facts_about_the_air_in_your_home/

[8] detox your home: http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-easy-and-cheap-ways-detox-your-home

[9] cozy warm slippers: http://www.gaiam.com/product/eco+mule+slipper.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[10] conventional household cleaners: http://life.gaiam.com/article/whats-so-bad-about-chemical-cleaning-products

[11] greener, more natural alternatives: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/household/cleaners.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[12] furnishings: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/living-space.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[13] bedding: http://www.gaiam.com/category/bed-bath.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[14] nontoxic paints and finishes: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/healthy-paint-tips/

[15] personal care and beauty products: http://life.gaiam.com/article/green-makeover-your-cosmetics

[16] Reduce unwanted mail and catalog clutter: http://www.catalogchoice.org/

[17] toxic materials: http://life.gaiam.com/article/top-7-toxins-your-home

[18] thoughts: http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-break-through-toxic-emotions

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