3 Tips for Detoxifying Your Home

Our homes are supposed to be our castles, our refuges from the worries and threats of the world, and the places where we are most able just to kick back and unwind in peace.

Unfortunately, some of the concerns in our day-to-day lives can follow us home and disrupt our calm, quiet, and even our health as a result. Mortgage loans, pending work deadlines, and issues with domestic appliances can all be cause for concern and may require us to take decisive action.

But the issue of toxins found in the home is another story. Perhaps you hadn’t even heard that your home is likely to be filled with numerous toxins, from gases emitted by your appliances, to stale air and harmful mold spores, to food contaminated by plastic containers?

Alas, it’s true, but never fear. Here are some effective steps you can take today to begin detoxifying your home.

Buy a good range of houseplants

You probably already know that plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, but you did you know that common houseplants can filter out serious environmental toxins, including benzene and formaldehyde, and leave you with significantly purer, cleaner air to breathe?

Doubtful? Then you should check up the NASA Clean Air Study which was conducted by the famous space agency specifically in order to discover effective ways of purifying air, and which found that houseplants such as peace lilies and aloe vera had potent air-purifying and detoxifying effects.

A significant number of plants were identified to have benefits, so it’s worth doing your own research on the subject. Just realize that the more greenery you have in the home, likely the cleaner your air is going to be.

Use a water filter

Water filters for home use are available both in the form of cartridge filters for filter jugs, such as those commonly sold by Brita, and also as inbuilt filters that purify water directly from the tap.

Many chemicals find their way into the water supply, both as a result of environmental contamination and as part of the process of killing microbes that would otherwise thrive in the water.

Using a water filter for all your drinking and cooking water, at least, may significantly reduce your exposure to these contaminants.

Avoid storing your food in plastic

Compounds such as BPA, found in plastics, have been linked with an increased risk of various types of cancer, not to mention assorted hormone imbalances and other health problems.

When these plastics get into the ocean and other bodies of water — as they so often do — the effect on wildlife is often catastrophic, with aquatic life dying off in large numbers and undergoing sexual mutations which prevent them from successfully breeding.

Unfortunately, much of the food we buy and consume today is frequently plastic-wrapped.

As much as you’re able to, avoid storing your food in plastic. When you buy plastic-wrapped groceries at the shop, transfer them to other forms of storage as soon as you can, at home.

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