If you’re like us, January is clean slate time. Not just for making New Year’s resolutions (which we love), but also to give our homes the equivalent of a deep, cleansing breath. Think of it as a detox for your living space — especially since it’s become so important over the last year!
Here are some handy tips by room and category to help you reduce mental clutter, maximize storage, and avoid toxins for a truly fresh start.
- Cereal, pasta, and tea boxes taking up too much space? Stand-Up Mid and Mega to the rescue. Burp out the extra air to maximize storage space as you go.
Make sense of it all
- Organize your utensils by activity and size. For example, if you have measuring spoons and cups that you usually use together, toss them in a Stasher so they’re easy to grab all at once, and not rattling around loose in drawers.
Forget the chemicals
- We’re all cleaning and washing our hands way more this year, and restocking supplies can be expensive and mean extra plastic waste. DIY solutions are a great way to go. The ingredients are cheap and readily available, and you can feel good knowing exactly what’s going on your surfaces. We like a mix of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and essential oils like peppermint.
Consider your cookware
- Teflon surfaces can leach harmful chemicals into your food. We love cast iron, ceramic, and stainless steel cookware. These materials can take a beating, last forever, and tend to heat more evenly for tasty results.
- If you’re looking to reheat leftovers or do sous vide cooking, Stasher bags are a safe, durable (and dishwasher safe!) alternative to single-use plastic bags.
Donate what you can
- Have some cookware or gadgetry that hasn’t seen the light of day in a year or more? Rather than putting them on the curb, find a local charity that can give them a second life.
- Local food banks are working overtime this year. If you have canned goods and non-perishables to spare consider helping your community Save What Matters for a win-win!
Scent your space naturally
- Skip the synthetics in air fresheners. Tea tree, lime, and cinnamon oils are known for their disinfectant properties, and can be diffused to help cleanse your home of airborne bacteria. You can also use clove oil rather than bleach to get rid of mold! If you love candles, opt for clean-burning beeswax candles with natural scents.
Grow some friends
- House plants aren’t just beautiful, they can help clean the air inside your home. A NASA study recommends the following plants for their efficiency in eliminating toxins and pollutants: Garden Mum, Spider Plant, Dracaena, Ficus/Weeping Fig, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Snake Plant, Bamboo Palm, and Aloe Vera.
Kick off your shoes
- Leave the outside outside, and keep your shoes on a rug by the door. We also recommend using a HEPA filter when you vacuum. A study by the Silent Spring Institute identified 66 endocrine-disrupting compounds in household dust.
- No matter how tightly we screw on those lids, product explosion happens. We love the Stand-Up Mid for easy cleaning, and for grouping types of products by color to keep the bathroom cabinet tidy.
Keep products clean
- When you’re shopping for shampoo, body soap, lotion, makeup, or toothpaste look for a short, “clean” ingredient list. Avoid triclosan and triclocarban, butylated hydroxyanisole, parabens, Polyethylene, “fragrance”, and sulfates.
- Help your skin detox by keeping it free of loads of chemicals. Choose a natural sunscreen that uses the mineral zinc oxide rather than a conventional sunscreen loaded with oxybenzone.