You may come across clean eating, but have you heard of clean living? Here’s the thing: The indoor air is at least two times more polluted than outdoor air. Hence, it only makes sense to ensure that we are breathing clean air inside our homes. Doing so means that we are not compromising our family’s health and wellness. However, that does not mean you need to take drastic actions and make your house LEED certified. You would be surprised that detoxifying your home can be affordable. Do you not believe us? Here are five budget-friendly ways to detoxify your home:
1. Invest in Indoor PlantsWe all know how plants and trees take in carbon dioxide and turn it into the oxygen we breathe in. However, we often associate greeneries and fresh air with parks and other outdoor areas. And only those with a garden can have plants at home. Not anymore. These days, we can now bring in potted plants to add a splash of color to the house. Additionally, indoor plants are also believed to help purify the indoor air. However, make sure to pick the right plants for your home. That’s because some plants may not be endemic in your area or can be harmful to your kids and pets.
2. Air Out Your Dry CleaningWe get it; going to the nearest laundromat to dry clean your clothes is convenient. But did you know that the chemical solvents used in dry cleaning can stick to clothing fibers? Exposure to these chemicals can cause headache, nausea, eye and respiratory tract infection, and more. That said, we recommend that you air out your dry clean clothes first before putting them back into your closet. If possible, hang them under direct sunlight for at least 30 minutes. Doing so also helps kill the bacteria left in your clothes.
3. Open the WindowsOne of the best ways to detoxify your home is to let the stale indoor air out and let the fresh air in. Hence, you should throw open your window whenever you can. At Maid Sailors, we always see to it that the windows are open whenever we clean a house. That’s because it helps aerate the house and makes the chemicals in the all-purpose cleaners evaporate quickly. You should only close and lock your windows whenever you go to sleep or when the house will be unoccupied.
4. Opt for Natural Home CleanersIf using chemical-laden home cleaners bother you, it would help if you go for natural home cleaners. Luckily, there are more natural home cleaners that are popping in the market these days. If you are strapped for cash, though, consider making your home cleaners. Equal-part water and vinegar, plus a squeeze of lemon juice, can make for an effective all-purpose cleaner. You can use baking soda to remove stubborn stains, while tea can help you deodorize a space.
5. Upgrade Your Vacuum and AirconYour vacuum is a handy way to pick up dirt, dust, and dander. It also makes cleaning convenient and less time-consuming. However, not all vacuums are created equal. Vacuums with HEPA filters are excellent for removing allergens in your home. That’s because it uses a thick, pleated media that can remove 99% of airborne particulates of 0.3 microns or smaller. These particulates include mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. Meanwhile, you can install an external HEPA filter for your A/C unit. This allows your air conditioner to filter the household airflow without restricting air volume through your unit’s ducts.
Go NaturalThe secret to detoxifying your home on a budget is to go natural. From making sure that your kitchen counters are clean and germ-free to having clean, dry clothes, you do not have to rely on chemicals. Instead, you can make use of what is in your kitchen or your surroundings. You also do not need to shell out a significant amount to reduce the indoor air pollutants in your home. To recap, here are five budget-friendly ways to detoxify your home:
- Invest in indoor plants
- Air out your dry cleaning
- Open the windows
- Opt for natural cleaners
- Upgrade your vacuum and aircon