10 Tips to Detox Your Home or Office
When considering detoxification methods that can help improve your work and home environment, follow these tips to kick-start the purification process:
- Purchase natural cleaning products like Seventh Generation, Bill by Eco-Me All-Purpose Cleaner, CitraSolv, or try out homemade mixtures of natural products like baking soda, peppermint oil, borax, white vinegar, isopropyl alcohol and lemon.
- Eat foods and herbs that detoxify the body, including turmeric, blueberries, garlic, sprouts, ginger, broccoli and spinach.
- When cleaning, use natural cloth. Most people donâ€™t know that sponges can be toxic to the skin because theyâ€™re treated with a chemical called triclosan.
- Switch from regular perfumes, colognes and lotions to products that use essential oils and are certified organic.
- Take chlorella or spirulina supplements.
- Get a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide and radon gases are often found in homes, and they’re especially dangerous because theyâ€™re silent. More than 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning a year and more than 15,000 are hospitalized. Â Surprisingly, radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer after smoking.
- Check for mold and dust mites, particularly in damp climates. Mold is commonly known to cause serious respiratory illness. Humidity should always be below 50 percent in homes.
- More than 85 percent of dry cleaners use a toxic chemical called perchloroethylene, or “perc.â€ The EPA has a list of eco-friendly dry cleaners that donâ€™t use perc, and it also recommends wet cleaning using water and milder detergents.
- Buy an air purifier, but make sure it doesnâ€™t give off ozone. Read the small print; many purifiers give off ozone as a byproduct. Also, clean it regularly.
- Avoid purchasing or installing carpets. If you already have carpets, use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum cleaner.