The idea of “spring cleaning” is nothing new. There is something about renewal that has stayed with the spring season for decades, but have you ever thought of it as a way to “detox” your home?

A detox can be a physical and mental concept where we remove any build up around us that no longer serves a purpose in our life. Whether its dust and dirt or actual items we have bought, removing things can make us feel immediately better. There are also a few things we can do to ensure our homes are not harming our health by promoting allergies or other illnesses.

Invest in an Air Purifier

We may think that the air in our home is safe, but when we open our windows or have people visiting us, that can quickly change. An air purifier ensures that daily pollutants such as dust, smoke, pollen and pet dander are removed. People with allergies or compromised immune systems can benefit from cleaner air, especially within the home.

Use Green Plants as Natural Ways to Detox

Plants are a pretty addition to any space within the home, but they serve an even greater purpose by detoxing the air naturally. The plants’ leaves trap toxins and produce a natural, cleaner air. A few detoxifying plants are peace lilies, Chinese evergreens, English ivies and bamboo palms. Add a few of these in areas of the house the feel stuffy or in need of some green.

Make the Switch to More Natural Cleaners

While we know there are cleaning items you will never give up, you should know that finding more natural alternatives will be better for you. We aren’t asking you to make some concoction with obscure ingredients, but we do think that removing certain cleaning products with harmful chemicals is a good idea by replacing with others.  Brands like Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers can be found at most supermarkets and they use more natural ingredients. You can also swap out countertop, toilet, floor and shower cleaners for white distilled vinegar for a cheaper and even more natural option.

Donate Any Unused Items

Starting with your closet and look at any items you have not used in more than two years. If you keep looking at a pair of pants or shoes and choose not to wear it, it may be time to give them to someone who will. Additionally, ask someone to help you go through your garage, home office and any additional rooms to work through any junk you have been holding on to. There is no reason to keep things around if they do not serve a purpose for you.

Reorganize Any Cluttered Spaces

Organizing may seem like a daunting task, so start somewhere small like a junk drawer that always seems to be overflowing. Take everything out and look through the items. Use a paper to check if any pens are not working and find any loose items that do not match with the others. Then, use containers or drawer organizers to put like items together like this one for office supplies. You can visit this website for more inspiration on organizing.

We hope you will consider a few of these spring cleaning ideas to help you feel more at ease in your own home!