Healthy Living at Home: tips for detoxing your home for free

One of the common myths about detoxing your home is that it is pricey; however,  not everything comes with a high price tag.  In fact, there are lots of things everyone could (and should) be doing that won’t cost you a penny more.  In some cases, these things might actually save you money and/or time!   So let’s dive into healthy living at home, the free version 🙂

  1. SHOES OFFstudies have proven that our shoes are disgusting! Shocker!
    • 40% of shoes carry the bacteria Clostridium difficile, and the majority of sterilized shoes picked up e. Coli after one walk outside.
    • 421,000 units of bacteria were found on one shoe, which can lead to various ailments 
    • Aside from bacteria, your shoes will also bring in toxins from pesticides, asphalt roads, gasoline etc. These can circulate in your house through dust, and these are the very things we are trying to decrease!
    • Carpet holds the bacteria & toxins more than other floor types
    • Other perks: sweep & mop less (time saver!), minimizes freak out sessions when your kid licks the floor 😝, lengthen the life of your floors
    • If you can’t do this, place door mats in front of every door and use them!
  2. STOP using DRYER SHEETSyou might be thinking, well this costs something because I have to replace them.  Wrong, I’d rather you not use a softener than use these sheets of toxicity!
    • If you do want to replace them, use dryer balls +/- essential oils if you want some aromatherapy on your clothes.  See THIS POST for a run-down on wool dryer balls.
  3. STOP using FABRIC SOFTENER in the Washer
    • Use vinegar instead – weird, I know, but it works.  See THIS POST for more information on using vinegar as a liquid fabric softener.
  4. OPEN WINDOWS Dailycirculate your air often!
    • Modern houses are so well-insulated to keep the harsh temperatures outside, which is good, but it also keeps the bad stuff inside.
  5. Indoor PLANTS
    • Plants naturally clean the air by converting carbon dioxide to oxygen and by removing toxins. 
    • Did you know that plants can clear some of the harshest volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 
      • such as formaldehyde & benzene from the air?  It’s always these tiny details that remind me of God’s wisdom & goodness.  Anyone else?

    • They also increase humidity, reducing respiratory distress. Succulents & orchids absorb CO2 even at night while some plants switch to oxygen absorption at night.  Thus, these are great options for bedroom plants.
  6. CLEAN up any MOLD you see growingcheck bathrooms as they tend to hold moisture
  7. AIR-OUT & SUN Dry-Cleaned Clothes & New Stuff
    • Did you know that sun & fresh air can eliminate toxins in new clothes and in clothes that have been washed in conventional detergents?  Tip – turn inside out to reduce fading.
  8. DISCONTINUE your PEST CONTROL service and SWITCH TO DIATOMACEOUS EARTH  – this one actually saves you a ton of $.  A detailed post on DE is coming soon!!
  9. Set your phone to “AIRPLANE MODE” while sleeping
    • Get grounded while you sleep!
  10. DUST/VACUUM often to get rid of the not-so-cute bunnies that attract & trap toxins
    • Vacuum your mattress & furniture too! And, don’t forget the fans!
              • *Robot vacuums are my personal favorite😜

 

There are lots of great ways to minimize your toxic load at home that don’t cost a penny!  Challenge yourself to identify at least 5 things on this list you and your family could do; then, implement one a week.  You CAN do this!  This is a great place to start if the budget is a common deterrent for leading a cleaner lifestyle.  Comment below with the things you plan to start doing in your home, or things you are already doing!

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13 Comments

  1. Strahinja
    September 20, 2019
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    Thank you for this awesome tips. I never knew that there was so many bacteria in our shoes and it can possible damage our health.
    I can also agree that good sleep solves many things. We feel better, healthier and energized.
    I appreciate the tips you provided.

    Looking forward to your future posts.

    Strahinja.

  2. September 20, 2019
    Reply

    I would love to line dry my clothes, have a clover yard, and ditch most pesticides and mowing. However, I live in an apartment complex. I usually wear socks because they’re comfy, and my floors do not get cleaned enough. I quit using dryer sheets a while back but haven’t figured out what to substitute, so I’m going to look at the article on wool you linked to. Thanks for helping us detoxify our homes. 🙂

    • Heidi
      September 20, 2019
      Reply

      Apartment living does provide some barriers to detoxing, but you’re finding ways! Love that you ditched the fabric softener. You should definitely check out the post on the wool dryer balls. They work great, and you can customize them by adding essential oils – all in the post 🙂 Also, if you use any sort of indoor pesticides, keep an eye out for my upcoming post on Diatomaceous Earth. Thanks for reading!

  3. September 21, 2019
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    Great tips. I wear indoor shoes, but now I see them a little differently. My shoes are now in the wash with baking soda. Another thing that surprised me was using vinegar instead of fabric softener. Going to have to give that a try.

    • Heidi
      September 21, 2019
      Reply

      Honestly, the shoe one is a hard one for my family – not me, just my family…I think indoor shoes are a great compromise so long as you ONLY wear them inside. That is actually what I had finally got my family to do when we lived in snowy weather, but now that the snow is gone, they are rebelling again lol And yes, vinegar in place of the fabric softener will rid your clothes of so many toxins. It really is a great swap – a financial and toxin win!! Thanks for reading and hope you visit again!

  4. LG
    September 21, 2019
    Reply

    I use the dryer balls with essential oils. I also use vinegar for my softener. Both work great!

    I’m going to try to turn my phone to airplane mode at night.

    • Heidi
      September 21, 2019
      Reply

      Dryer balls & oils are the best!

  5. September 21, 2019
    Reply

    Hi, Heidi
    What a thorough post about detoxing our home for free.
    Your post is filled with awesome advice and tips, and I learned so much through it.
    Coming into my house with my shoes on is a routine for me. And my wife often scolded me for that: “We Wash and you get dirty! Stop it!”
    But in reality, I didn’t know that our shoes contained such many bacteria. I’m taking the commitment to stop today.
    I love Jesus and I will do my best!
    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Heidi
      September 22, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks Sebastian! Glad the information confirmed the value of shoe removal! I’m still working on my husband lol And I’m even happier you love Jesus 😊 Thanks for reading!

  6. September 26, 2019
    Reply

    Hi Heidi, enjoyed your tips on detoxifying our homes. Some of these tips I use , some are new to me which I may try. Shoes are much dirtier than I thought. Thanks. Good information for everyone. Wilma

    • Heidi
      September 26, 2019
      Reply

      So glad you will be able to use the info to decrease the toxic load in your home! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  7. September 27, 2019
    Reply

    Hi Heidi, and thanks for the awesome ideas!
    I live in Canada, and it’s customary to take our shoes at the door. I always find it weird when we’re in the US and everyone keeps their shoes on. lol. Even on carpet??
    Can I ask why “airplane mode” is important while you sleep? Other than to help the battery life?
    I’ve always wondered about those robot vacuums for our floors. We have two shelties and lots of hair bunnies in all our corners. Do you think it’ll help or will the roller brush just get bunged up?
    Thanks,
    Suzanne

    • Heidi
      September 27, 2019
      Reply

      Yes, the US is one of the few places where it is normal to leave your shoes on – unfortunately for us. And great question, the complete answer is actually a post (or several) in itself. However, the short version is that anything that has an active WiFi signal emits electromagnetic radiation. So, if you sleep near your cell phone, you are exposing yourself through the night. EMF waves were thought to be pretty harmless initially, but now that SO MANY things use WiFi, they are finding that these waves are disrupting our nervous systems. There are different ways you can go about grounding yourself and decreasing your exposure. This is just one of the easiest things to do 🙂

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