New Year’s Resolution: Detoxing Your Home


It is startling how many chemicals exist in our homes. Even if you don’t feel the negative effects, it’s not healthy to regularly inhale such substances in an enclosed space. Everyone should consider detoxifying their indoor environment.

Toxic Cleaners

Some of the biggest offenders are common household cleaning products:

  • Bleach
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Drain cleaner
  • Floor wax
  • Furniture polish
  • Glass cleaner
  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Oven cleaner
  • Tile cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softeners
  • Home deodorizers

Make a New Year’s resolution to thoroughly detoxify your home by replacing toxic products. Chemical-ridden cleaners can be replaced by store-bought, non-toxic products – or common household supplies such as baking soda, lemon juice and distilled white vinegar. Baking soda cleans, scours and deodorizes as it absorbs odors. It also acts as a water softener and can help pure, unscented castile soap to clean better. Distilled white vinegar is an antibacterial substance that cuts through grease, making it an ideal organic, all-purpose cleaner for every non-porous surface in the home.

Another way to help detoxify your environment is by letting more fresh air into your home. Periodically, and weather permitting, you can open the windows to let the fresh air in and stale air out. You can also add easy to care for indoor plants such as Chinese evergreen, peace lily, spider plant and bamboo to filter the air.

Other Toxic Materials

Other toxic products can be found in less obvious places, such as carpeting, bedding, vinyl shower curtains and plastics. The pressboard that constitutes much of the furniture in our homes today is made of highly toxic materials including formaldehyde. Pay attention to the fabrics as well. If the materials are non-toxic, they will be labeled as such.

Health Benefits of Organic Materials

Making the switch to organic materials may cut down on chronic allergies of an unknown source. Since no one can be expected to replace all their furniture, bedding and carpeting with ecologically friendly products at once, the easiest solution is to use as little plastic as possible now. When it comes time to replace any of these larger items, look for carpet containing nontoxic materials and furniture made of sustainable materials. 

Another means to achieving to a less toxic home is to change air conditioning and furnace filters on the following schedule:

  • Every 90 days for homes with no pets and no family members with allergies
  • Every 60 days for homes with one or more dogs
  • Every 20-45 days for homes with multiple pets and family members with allergies

All of these changes can lead to improvements in your family’s day-to-day health and well-being. This is truly a New Year’s resolution worth keeping.

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