Detoxing Your Home… Even On A Budget
By Dr. Rachel Eva Dew, Doctor of Natural Medicine and Courtney Schank, Interior Designer and Healthy Lifestyle Consultant
We spend so much time, energy, money and attention detoxing our bodies, but what about our homes? There are hidden toxins all around us that negatively impact our health the same way that toxic foods do. This is why we teamed up to provide you a guide to detoxing your home both practically and aesthetically!
Below is our one hour talk on home detox and under that, all the details and links we discussed.
Within this guide you will find simple tips and tricks for detoxing your home, even on a budget, as well as some of our favorite brands and resources. We will provide links to recipes and products towards the end of this blog.
Let’s dive in…
Top 6 Tips For Detoxing Your Home:
- Clean air! Improper ventilation, mold, dust and toxins from candles, building materials, pets and off-gassing from your furniture and paint can cause your air to be damaging to you.
- Ditch toxic cleaning products – opt for non-toxic ones or even DIY’s
- Replace toxic kitchen ware and cooking utensils
- Replace plastic with glass – from storing your water, to your food, eliminating plastic eliminates toxins and carcinogens
- Drink and bathe in clean, filtered water
- Begin replacing toxic furniture and bedding
While we both highly recommend air filters and purifiers, there are some additional things that should be done in order to keep the air in your home clean and safe. Here’s how to increase clean air in your home in addition to air purifiers:
- Dust and deep clean frequently
- Open your windows in order to air out and ventilate your home
- Diffuse essential oils – my favorites are lavender & geranium
- Make your own cleaning products
- Use plants to clean your air! They are beautiful and effective
Best plants to purify the air: English Ivy, Pothos, Snake Plants, Spider Plants, Bamboo, Chinese Evergreen, Weeping Fig, Dragon Tree, Aloe Vera, Gerbera Daisies
Check out this blog post to see all of our favorite plants for different areas of your home – click HERE
My 2 favorite home air filter systems are –
But those are fairly pricey. If you are on a budget you can get a more cost-effective air filter system such as Germ Guardian or the IonB-1000.
Ditch the plastic – beginning with your filter and ending with the storage container – even the pitcher systems that are BPA free still have harmful toxins and carcinogens. Store water in glass containers once filtered.
My favorite filter systems are Aquatru and for more cost effective options try filtering your water with a Brita system (usually you can find one for around $20) and then immediately store the water in glass containers.
For more options and information take a read through this BLOG
Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, a chemical formerly used in the production of nonstick pans like Teflon was highly toxic. Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, Teflon’s generic name is still used and is just one of the many toxins your body can be exposed to through your cookware. That’s where stainless steel, ceramic, enameled, or cast iron pots and pans come in as non-toxic and great non-stick alternatives
Here are some of my favorites:
- Lodge Cast Iron
- Cast iron dutch oven – Amazon Basics makes a cost effective option
- For stainless steel Cuisinart
- The Always Pan
Clean skin begins with the water you shower in! Our skin is the body’s largest microbiome and toxins absorbed through the skin negatively impacts your health and the visual quality of skin. Be sure to get a water filter for your shower that will protect your skin from drinking in heavy metals such as fluoride, mercury, PCB’s, chlorine, lead, arsenic and dioxin.
Here are a few options for shower filters ranging in price:
Here are some of my favorite safe, non-toxic changes to make to your home. You can find more options and information at the blog post below.
- Mattress: Naturepedic, Avocado, Awara, cost effective option: Live and Sleep CLASSIC2020 you can get $50 off plus a free pillow
- Sheets: Plover, SOL Organics, and Coyuchi
- Furniture: Medley Home, InMod, and The Futon Shop
- Paint: Clare and ECOS
- Towels: Towl, Coyuchi, and SOL Organics
Learn about all of the certifications companies work towards here as well as all of our favorite brands – click HERE
Looking to make some other healthy changes to your home? Read this BLOG
Learn how to create a meditation space in your home – click HERE
It’s time to up-level your cleaning products. Cleaning products are notorious for having harsh toxic chemicals that are dangerous to you, your family and your pets. To read more about toxic chemicals and a full list of DIY non-toxic cleaning recipes, read Dr. Rachel’s recent blog HERE
Here are a few simple home cleaning product staples –
- Apple cider vinegar
- Castile soap
- Baking soda
- Lemon essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Pure unscented Castile soap