How to detox your home
How decluttering & non-toxic cleaning products can support hormonal balance.
A healthy home for healthy hormones
Spring is in the air. Finally! For many of us, that means it's time for a fresh start. As days grow longer and warmer temps linger, it's natural to feel the urge to clear the clutter, open the windows, and give our homes a deep clean. But did you know that spring cleaning can do more than just improve your home? It can also have a significant impact on your vitality — particularly when it comes to hormonal health.
Hormones: As powerful as they are sensitive
Let’s back up. To understand why spring cleaning supports hormone balance, it's essential to know how hormones work in the first place. Hormones are chemical messengers. They regulate many bodily functions — metabolism, mood, hunger, and reproductive health — to name a few! But when they’re out of balance, a range of health issues can ensue: fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, infertility, and more.
Toxin exposure can disrupt hormone
One significant factor that can disrupt hormone balance? Exposure to toxins. Specifically, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Unfortunately, many cleaning products contain chemicals that can wreak havoc on our overall health. These chemicals can disrupt our homes and our hormones. That’s why we’re using non-toxic cleaning supplies when spring cleaning our homes. Keep reading for our favorite products!
The importance of decluttering
Spring cleaning may seem like another tedious task to add to your to-do list. We get it. But there are many benefits to this annual tradition. Below are just a few reasons to spring clean:
1. Reduces clutter and stress
When we accumulate too many possessions, it can be overwhelming and stressful. Go figure. Spring cleaning is an opportunity to get rid of items we no longer need or use, which can help reduce clutter. In turn, this creates a more organized and peaceful living space. By eliminating excess belongings, we can feel more in control of our environment.
2. Boosts mood and productivity
Speaking of reducing stress, a clean and organized living space can have a positive effect on our mood and productivity. It can help us feel more energized, focused, and motivated to tackle other tasks in our lives.
3. Improves indoor air quality
Dust, mold, and other pollutants can accumulate over time, causing respiratory problems and other health issues. Spring cleaning can help improve indoor air quality by removing dust and debris from surfaces and improving ventilation.
4. Helps maintain your home’s value
If you’re a homeowner, this is particularly beneficial. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help extend the life of your home’s appliances, furniture, etc. Spring cleaning is an opportunity to inspect your home for signs of damage or wear and tear (and address them before they become bigger problems).
Non-toxic cleaning products
As mentioned, cleaning products can be a major source of indoor air pollution. Many conventional cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues. To detox your home, switch to natural cleaning products.
Cleaning brands we love:
You can also check out the EWG’s cleaning guide!
Choose safe scents
Do you enjoy burning candles? If so, say sayonara to artificial fragrance and scented candles made of paraffin wax.
Unfortunately, most candles are made of paraffin wax, a type that leaches toxic chemicals into the air. When in doubt, choose candles made of soy wax and beeswax. We love Otherland candles! Diffused essential oils, chamomile flowers, and dried lavender are great alternatives, too.
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