Home Detox: A Clean Start for the New Year

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.

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.

Kitchen Organization with Stasher Bag

KITCHEN

Maximize space

Cereal, pasta, and tea boxes taking up too much space? Stand-Up Mid and Mega to the rescue! Squeeze out the extra air before sealing to maximize storage space and freshness.

Make sense of it all

Organize 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

Restocking cleaning and disinfecting 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. For a good all-purpose cleaner, try 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 can take heat up to 425° Fahrenheit, making them 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!

LIVING ROOM

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 67 endocrine-disrupting compounds in household dust.

Bathroom Organization with Stasher Bag

BATHROOM

De-clutter cosmetics

No matter how tightly we screw on those lids, product explosions happen. 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.

Screen safely

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.

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