Thinking of making some changes this year towards a safer, toxic-free home? The following tips can help you create a clean, comfortable living space without the necessity for harmful chemicals and toxins. Follow along for more tips and tricks during the month of January and get set for a year of toxic-free living.
One of the best ways to reduce the chemicals and toxins in your home is to switch to greener cleaners. This can be a simple switch a lot of the time though - it doesn’t even need to be costly! Did you know that vinegar is actually a really powerful cleaner and it can help kill bacteria, reduce grime and grease as well as it has no chemical or toxic properties that could negatively impact someone’s health. There is a bit of a vinegar or acidic smell occasionally, but you can mix some essential oils in with the vinegar to help cut down on the smell if you prefer. Click here to see more of our toxic-free recipe blogs.
Grow indoor plants. There are a number of indoor plants that are known to be great for reducing airborne toxins and can lead to a cleaner, greener living space. Look for options like a ficus, philodendron, spider flower and more. In addition to cleaner air, plants in the home can lead to better moods, reduced anxiety and better sleep.
Opt for natural air fresheners over synthetic and chemical versions. Air fresheners can contain toxins such as VOCs (volatile organic compounds), formaldehyde and phthalates among other things. Instead, create your own air freshener sprays with essential oils or use diffusers with your favourite oils or blends to help keep the air fresh, clean and toxin-free. Click here for some great diffuser recipes.
Open your windows! Indoor air pollution can build up and something as simple as cracking your windows on opposite sides of the house for 10 minutes a day can help circulate the air in the home and reduce air toxins.
Keep humidity to a minimum. Mold, bacteria, and dust mites can increase in humid conditions. The humidity in a home should ideally fall within 30-60% and can be managed by venting from the bathroom, kitchen and other areas of high humidity. Dehumidifiers and even opening the windows can also help with increased humidity.
Although there are a variety of additional options for a toxin-free home, these 5 are a great place to start. Learning more about safe, healthy home environments is important to ensure your family can enjoy their time indoors with less risk and more reward. Here’s to a toxic-free 2022 and every year after.