Detox your home:10 tips to enjoy a healthier home

Healthy home? Yes, it's not just airy fairy stuff. You spend A LOT of time at home so making this environment relaxing and welvcoming has a huge impact on your mental health. 

Don't think that being healthy and fit depends only on your exercise and your diet. If you eat right and move daily, good job. You're on the right path. But you should also think about your home and the different ways you can make it healthier and toxin free. 

Here are out top tricks to enjoy a healthier home.

1. 1. Natural ventilation

Get into good daily ventilation habits

It is the simplest and most economical way for you to improve your indoor air quality.

Get into good daily ventilation habits:

  • Eliminate toxic substances
  • Restore the balance of the air
  • Regulate ambient humidity

When and how should I ventilate?

Cross ventilation is the most effective (windows facing each other).

  • In winter, airing the rooms in small intervals of about 5 minutes twice a day is sufficient to renew the indoor air.
  • In spring and autumn we can raise it from 8 to 15 minutes, and
  • In summer it can be extended to 30 minutes.

2. 2. Non-toxic cleaning and cosmetic products

Non-toxic cleaning and cosmetic products
  • Perfumes, parabens and other toxic products are part of the very long list of harmful substances present in cleaning and cosmetic products that we are used to using.
  • They can cause mild symptoms such as irritation, dizziness, headaches or even alter hormones, affect reproductive capacity, damage the nervous system..
  • The safest option is to use natural products or at least certified organic products.

3. 3. Less plastic, more health

Less plastic, more health

Plastic is toxic throughout its process, and some release harmful chemicals with serious health effects, for example on the endocrine system. Look around: there is plastic everywhere (bags, bottles, kitchen containers, toys, furniture...) Replace plastic with healthier options that protect your health and that of the planet.

  •  In the kitchen, use glass, ceramic or steel.
  • In the supermarket, avoid buying products that are packaged in plastic. Choose cardboard containers or those sold in bulk.
  • Wooden furniture and quality furniture.
  • For decoration and lighting, choose natural materials.

4. 4. Natural materials and paint

Natural materials and paint

The materials you paint your house with or cover your walls may be releasing harmful chemicals: volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can contaminate the air. Paint takes up a lot of space in the home and we need to pay special attention to it.

5. 5. Dust is not your friend

Dust contains toxins
  • If you belong to that large sector of the population that spends a good part of the day locked up, whether at home or at the office... clean up the dust whenever you can.
  • A lot of toxins from furniture, fabrics, paints... get into the air and are deposited as dust. It is necessary to clean especially when there are babies and small children who spend time on the floor.

What toxins does dust contain?

  • In every house the composition will be different but what is most worrying are the persistent substances (which do not degrade) and bioaccumulate in our body.
  • Pay attention to leave your shoes outside or in the entrance. Shoes often carry contaminated dust from the outside: pesticides sprayed in public parks, bacteria.

6. 6. Plants and flowers: connect with nature

Connect with nature

Everything feels better with plants and flowers in the house. You just have to keep in mind that some may cause allergies and be toxic for children and pets. Check out the ASPCA guide  to make sure you buy the right thing. 

7. 7. Electromagnetic pollution

Electromagnetic pollution

In these years the artificial electromagnetic radiation to which we are exposed generated by electrical installations, mobile phones, household appliances... has increased. Although most of us do not feel its effects (electrosensitivity) it may be gradually damaging our health. Check out our article about ways to reduce this type of pollution. 

8. 8. Geopathies: watch what happens under your feet

Watch what happens under your feet

In addition to artificial radiation, there is also natural radiation. They do not affect us all equally, but sometimes they can be responsible for an immune system with low defences, nervous tics, bruxism, hyperativity.

9. 9. Chromotherapy

 To create a harmonious atmosphere, try to use a maximum of 3 different colours in each space

Each colour has unique qualities. They influence your mood and your emotions. Selecting the colour of the rooms you live in is no small detail. To create a harmonious atmosphere, try to use a maximum of 3 different colours in each space.

  • For the colours that dominate the walls and floors, choose soft tones.
  • For secondary colours, choose a complementary tone to the main one.
  • For the decoration and accessories colours, a more risky colour.

10. 10. Positive environments that awaken the 5 senses

Prioritize the curve and the circle in front of the square or the triangle

If we pay attention to the details around us we get positive benefits for the mind and emotions and ultimately for the whole body and the well-being of our life. Feng Shui offers many guidelines for that.

Look at some of these examples.

  • Reduce the amount of sharp angles or corners that point directly at us, at least in furniture and decorative objects. Prioritize the curve and the circle in front of the square or the triangle
  •  Keep the whole house in order, both in the rooms and in the furniture
  • Avoid the accumulation of unnecessary things.
  • Plants and decoration: get rid of damaged or broken objects and take care of plants

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