9 Steps Toward Detoxing your House

Chemicals and plastics are difficult to avoid, even when you’re at home.

Many of them don’t pose any threat to your health, but with the science constantly shifting on what’s good, not-so-bad and terrible to have around, it’s often better to err on the side of caution by keeping as many of them out of your household as possible.

Try these strategies and see if you don’t feel better at home!

  • Keep your shoes at or outside the front door — They’re the main importer of dust, pollen and bacteria into your house.
  • Toss woolen balls into the dryer — An all-natural, long-lasting alternative to dryer sheets, which contain a chemical that can irritate skin and aggravate asthma.
  • Put filters on your faucets and showerheads — A full-home filtration system is even better at removing contaminants and chemicals, but much more expensive.
  • Use natural cleaners, homemade if necessary — Baking soda, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, ammonia, borax powder, hydrogen peroxide and unscented soap all qualify.
  • Open your windows — Try to open at least a couple every day to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your household.
  • Reduce your plastics use — If you don’t want to throw everything out, at least check before you buy new ones, avoiding PVC (recycling code 3) and Styrofoam (6) as much as you can.
  • Keep your bedding clean — Buy a certified organic mattress or mattress cover and sheets to ensure you’re sleeping in as chemical-free a setting as you can.
  • Use non-VOC paint — Volatile organic compounds can cause respiratory problems, so find brands with low or no VOC content.
  • Pick organic yard products — Here of all places we should be using green and non-harmful products — seek out natural pesticides, herbicides and landscape products.