Is your home your safe space?
You’re probably thinking, “Of course it is. If you can’t feel safe at home, where can you feel safe?”
But what if you discovered toxic chemicals are lurking in your home — invisible and nearly undetectable to your senses?
The air inside your home can be up to 10x more polluted than the air outside, thanks to the numerous products, furnishings, and building materials inside.
It may be time for your house to detox. (Think of it as a juice cleanse for your home.)
Here are a few simple ways to detox your home:
1. Open the Windows
All that buildup from those chemical-based cleaning products you had under your sink, fragrances from your personal-care products, and dust mites in the rugs and couch can cause the air inside to be a lot dirtier than you might think.
That’s even more alarming when you consider the fact that most people spend 90% of their time inside.
Opening a window for just five minutes a day can go a long way toward filtering and purifying the air inside your home.
Bonus: In addition to airing the toxins out, letting in the sunshine may kill dust -dwelling bacteria.
Are you ready to breathe easier indoors? Pull open the drapes and crack a window.
2. Trade Dryer Sheets for Wool Dryer Balls
Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly how dryer sheets work?
The average dryer sheet contains tons of harsh chemicals — yes, that “fresh linen” scent comes from fragrance ingredients which contain dozens, even hundreds, of potentially harmful chemicals.
All those toxic ingredients — like acetaldehyde, butane, acetone, and quats — can coat your clothes in (and fill your indoor air with) a chemical soup, producing that soft feeling you know and love.
Ditch the dryer sheets and switch to nontoxic wool dryer balls.
These natural alternatives to dryer sheets can soften your clothes and eliminate static. Wool dryer balls can even reduce drying time, making it a more eco-friendly, energy-conserving solution for your home, too.
The average wool dryer balls can last for hundreds of loads. Wool, once again, is a total superstar material for a healthy home.
3. Switch out Your Shower Curtain
What’s your shower curtain liner made out of?
Most people like to use a plastic liner.
It’s easy to understand why. Waterproof and inexpensive, plastic liners are commonly used in showers.
The thing is, plastic in your shower curtain is no better than any other plastic out there. It can contain VOCs like polyvinyl chloride. More commonly known as PVC, this is a phthalate known for its ability to disrupt hormones.
Worse? It can offgas into your home for up to four months after you install it. Not to mention that gross film of mildew that can start to develop if you're not fastidiously cleaning the liner.
Replace your plastic liner with an organic cotton shower curtain.
Not only is cotton splash resistant, but cotton is also resistant to mold, mildew, and bacteria. That already keeps your shower a lot cleaner than a plastic curtain.
Speaking of keeping it clean...an organic cotton shower curtain is machine-washable. Hooray!
3. Add Some Indoor Plants
Did you know that indoor plants can purify the air in your home?
Air filtration and oxygen creation aren’t just for outdoor plants and trees.
That fern your brought home is more than just a pretty face. It’s silently removing harmful compounds from the air.
Some of the best plants for purifying indoor air are:
- Peace Lily
- Gerber Daisies
- English Ivy
- Spider Plant
- Aloe Plant
- Rubber Tree
What better excuse to head to your local garden center and bring some greenery indoors?
5. Change Your Bedding
If you’re using sheets made from synthetic materials like polyester, rayon, or anything that says that it’s stain- or wrinkle-free, you’re wrapping yourself up in chemicals.
Trade those synthetic sheets for:
- Organic Cotton
These natural materials are stronger, resist mold and mildew, and are breathable. You can sleep safer and cooler!
Memory foam is another big offender when it comes to indoor air pollution, like the polyurethane foam that may be lurking inside your mattress, your mattress topper, or even your pillow.
That stuff offgasses some severe amounts of chemical VOCs.
When it comes time to replace your pillow (every 1 to 2 years) or your mattress (every 7 to 10 years), consider an all-natural, nontoxic alternative instead.
You could remove a considerable amount of toxic chemicals from your home just by choosing organic mattresses and bedding made from all-natural, nontoxic materials like latex, wool, bamboo, or organic cotton.
At Sage Sleep, we have a shop full of organic, nontoxic bedding, so you can crawl into bed and rest a little easier knowing that your home has fewer toxins and that every member of the family can have safe, chemical-free sleep.
Your home should be a safe place. Give it a little detox and reduce the number of harmful chemicals and pollutants lurking inside, and you’ll feel safe indeed.