Sorry to break it to you, but beneath that pretty façade, your home might conceal a variety of harmful menaces that prey on your good health and well-being. And when allowed a free rein, they quickly accumulate and eventually become a major health risk. In other words, the root cause of your mental and psychical woes could be right under your nose.
It’s high time to ditch self-defeating behaviour and do something about it. Detox is not reserved just for our hangover-plagued bodies. It can also purge our homes from toxins.

So, let’s proceed step-by-step and deal with one problem at a time. Here is how to turn your home into a pristine sanctuary and banish the toxic presence once and for all.


In order to beat it, you need to know the face of thy enemy. Right at the top of the notoriety list, we have Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are found in a variety of products, from pillows and carpets to toys and wall paint. They cause more than a minor inconvenience: headaches, eye irritation, nausea, etc.

Therefore, be a conscious consumer and steer away from harsh chemicals as well as products that contain flame-retardants. It is always a good idea to stick to organic, natural, and DIY alternatives to popular household items that really do more harm than good. Believe it or not, there are 100,000 synthetic chemicals enticing today’s consumers.


Air quality constitutes the essence of a healthy indoor environment. We take it for granted, alas every day, a host of detrimental compounds and pollutants get released into the air. This often occurs via products that we so eagerly invite in, such as detergents, chemical cleaners, and fragrances. So, get rid of this peril.
Open your windows every now and then to void noxious gasses. Summon loyal children of Mother Nature, the potted plants. They will purify and filter your air and also breathe life into your stale design and décor layout. In addition, invest in a robust system such as quality Frigidaire mini split air conditioner. The synergy of these steps will help you reclaim the much-needed clean air.


Your eating habits are the bedrock of leading a healthy life. So, instead of spending a truckload of money on heavily-processed and chemically-saturated food, how about you tap into fresh and pesticide-free purity?
Even if you are short on space or live in a towering skyscraper in the heart of a concrete jungle, it is possible to make it happen. An urban gardening trend is shifting the urban landscape of today and proving that there is a way after all. Place a few pots on the balcony and start small: you can easily grow salads like leaf lettuce and herbs in the league of sage or parsley.


Regular cleaning is a chore that is on no one’s list of favourite things to do around the house. Yet, there is no going around the fact that it represents the only method to keep dirt and dust mites at bay. Make sure to vacuum at least once per week and preferably use newer models with HEPA filters that do not disperse the dust around.

Note that areas that tend to accumulate moisture, such as baseboards, upholstery, and windowsills, require extra care and attention. Likewise, wash the bedding to do away with grime, dead skin, and dust mites that like to feel at home there. Uninvited guests have no place defiling your personal shrine of relaxation.


Technology is an integral part of our daily life, a necessity more than anything else. But, areas that support relaxation and rest need to be cleared of any gadgets and electrical equipment. To mention a few risks, printers can emit tiny harmful particles, while blue light disrupts your shuteye time.

So, that sleek modern TV is only a disruptive addition to the bedroom and I would not spend hours with eyes glued to the smartphone screen either. Make small adjustments that add up. Replace a gadget with something like a pure beeswax candle or a tea tree and you will do yourself a great favour. Detox your home to detox your whole life.


Our homes are supposed to be soothing refuges, yet they are often under toxic siege. To repel the invading forces, you have to rethink your lifestyle and build healthy habits. To pull it off, embrace a holistic and proactive approach.

Uncover the health hazards lurking in your living environment. Keep the air clean and products and furnishing free from pollutants and chemical toxins. Eliminate electric clutter. Invite natural, rejuvenating blessing of nature inside.

Turn a new leaf and make a positive change around you, change with effects that will be long-lasting and far-reaching. You should be able to pull together a safe haven that oozes wholesomeness and nourishes life.

Lana Hawkins,

Daily Zen.

Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief on Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration from.