Detox – The Home Edition
While proceeding on your way into a cleaner life with less artificial foods you will stumble over your pick of household cleaners and their toxic ingredients. What good is the healthiest diet if you secretly inhale toxic fumes from floor cleaners, wash your body with substances that might interfere with your hormones or swallow little amounts of dishwashing detergents that might be harmful each time you lick your spoon? The internet is a fantastic way to browse for alternative cleaning methods and you will find a plentitude of workarounds for almost any problem. Here are my favorite helpers for a greener house – they do hell of a job:
1. Baking soda
A) Clearing and cleaning the sink drain:
Put some baking soda into the sink drain and add white distilled vinegar, put the stopper in and let the bubbles do their magic, after a while rinse with hot water
B) Getting odors out of almost everything:
Sprinkle it on carpets, let it sit for a while and vacuum it off again. Stinky plush toys that may not be put into the washing machine can be freshened with it. Just put the toy into a plastic bag, sprinkle baking soda over it generously and lock the bag tight for some hours. Take the toy out and shake the powder off, the smell will be gone. If you have a cat pour some baking soda on the bottom of the litter box against odors.
C) For a healthy detox bath:
Take 2 cups of Epsom salt, 2 cups of baking soda, 1/3 cup of ginger tea (or more if you are not sensitive) plus a couple of drops from your favorite aroma therapy oil. Try to stay in for 40 minutes, the first 20 minutes will detox, the following 20 will replenish your body with the minerals.
D) A skin exfoliator:
Make a paste of baking soda and distilled water and use it in soft circles on your clean face, as always avoid the eye area and don´t use too much pressure.
E) Against product buildup in your hair:
Take half a spoon and mix it with your shampoo, massage it into your scalp and let it sit for a little bit, rinse well. I personally need a softener afterwards and dilute a shot of apple vinegar with water to rinse my hair.
2. White distilled vinegar
A) A bowl of vinegar in the kitchen will eliminate strong kitchen odors, like from frying fish or painting the house.
B) Get rid of fruit flies in summertime by putting up a little dish with undiluted vinegar in the kitchen. Spray the vinegar in areas around your house where ants might want to enter, take caution on marble floors they might get stained.
C) Remove soap buildup on faucets by scrubbing them with 1 part salt and 4 parts vinegar.
D) Due to its acidity white distilled vinegar is an excellent bacteria, germ and mold killer, you can use it on kitchen counters with a damp cloth and it works magic in the bathroom. It takes a while to get used to the odor of it, but they vanish quickly.
E) Remove odors and buildup from a dishwasher by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar into the machine and letting it run a full circle.
3. Essential oils
A) Use them in an oil burner to scent your home, and purify the air.
B) Put a view drops into your floor cleaning water together with some castile soap for a really nice scent in your home.
C) Use a few drops for a mattress refresher after changing the sheets. Lavender is nice for bedtime.
D) Spread some scent by putting a couple of soaked cotton balls with lemon and lavender essential oil into your vacuum cleaner.
E) Kill the fumes by putting 4 drops of essential oil into the toilet before you do no.2 – I prefer tea tree oil… the secret ingredient to a happy marriage!
I could go on with that list forever, but I think you got the idea. I am always surprised when I try new things how good they work most of the time. From my point of view green is the new black and it is pretty cool to find out safe ways to improve your life without any cancer risks!
Anna is one of our guest bloggers. She is a 46-year-old freelance fashion photographer from a small town in Northern Germany. Anna and her husband Hellmut travel around the world because of their shared profession and also their quest for warmer weather. They met each other 18 years ago in the fashion photography circles and it was a “love-at-first-sight” thing. After almost two decades they still do everything together from work to grocery shopping.
Anna’s job is hectic and 15-16 workdays are not rare which has guided her towards more wholesome eating habits. Avoiding the “brain fog” has helped to be a better professional. These days Anna is very interested in disease prevention and anti-aging strategies. She feels it’s her privilege to be able to share her journey and findings with all of you.
Image credits: Anna Schulze-Wenck