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Detox Your Home Naturally, 7 Ways
Researchers now say indoor air can be 10 times more polluted than the air outdoors. This is due to the many toxic products we have in our homes, such as formaldehyde and benzene released from furniture, rugs, plastic and paints. These products can then trigger headaches, fatigue, wheezing, allergic reactions, or a blue mood. Many people are buying air purifiers but not only are they costly to buy but they use electricity - another cost.
Of course eliminating products that out gas and using no VOC paint products is the best way to start. However, there are many natural ways to address the problems which are decorative as well as effective:
1) BAMBOO -
When I lived in Korea, I noticed bamboo was used everywhere to clean the air. Not bamboo as a stalk in its green state. When bamboo is baked at ultra-high temperatures, it turns into absorbent charcoal. This charcoal becomes an odor magnet which then draws in bad odors and also hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia. People in Korea, as well as China and Japan have used bamboo in briquette form for hundreds of years to eliminate odors from kitchens, bathrooms, closets, shoes, etc. When I stepped into any school or business in Seoul, I always noticed large chunks of this kind of bamboo. Also whenever I purchased a green plant, a piece was stuck into the pot - perhaps making it doubly effective.
2) A SALT CRYSTAL LAMP - (see my photo below and links)
I’ve used this both in Korea and now in the USA. When the salt gets heated by the low wattage bulb, salt crystals are released into the air and attach to impurities, weighing them down so they cannot circulate and you will not breathe them in. It will also neutralize pollutants and toxins, and it offers light therapy. I do find the glow very soothing - so perhaps that is light therapy at work. There are no longer any dust bunnies under my bed - and I am no longer aware of the endless amount of dust that used to float about in every ray of sunlight.
3) CINNAMON - (see photo)
The photo that you will see is of real cinnamon. Unfortunately what we buy here in the USA is not real cinnamon - just something that looks a bit like it in quill form. It’s hard to say if the results will be the same. Studies show that the scent of cinnamon reduces fatigue, makes you feel happier, and increases your attention span. Simmer 1-2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon in a pan of water and the whole house will smell fresh and clean. Those scented air fresheners on the market actually create toxic air by releasing dozens of chemicals as well as carcinogens. Sometimes, I have to supplement heat on extra cold days by using a portable heater. On the top I put a pot of water, and crush a cinnamon quill (one is enough) and it does smell delightful!
4) BEESWAX CANDLES -
Only real beeswax will do, and they should be made from 100% natural beeswax. Regular candles on the market are often made solely from paraffin with added chemical scents; this then adds smoke and toxins to the air - whereas the beeswax literally cleans the air by producing pollution clearing negative ions (like the salt crystal lamp). The initial cost may be higher but then they last five times longer. Make sure it says 100% beeswax on the label.
5) A CACTUS -
My cat loved my cactus. She would regularly rub against it - making it a great backscratcher or cat-scratcher. Scientist in Switzerland have discovered that employees who suffer from tiredness and headaches feel more energized if a cactus is placed near their monitors. It is thought that cacti have compounds that counter the effects of electromagnetic pollution and radiation emitted from the screen.
6) WATER FOUNTAIN -
Once again it is the negative ions at play (or work), like the salt crystal lamp and the beeswax candles. The water fountain will wash away airborne germs. The flowing water will release negative ions - air molecules that have broken apart, that then attach themselves to air pollutants dragging them down so you cannot breathe them in. Researchers say the fountains are so effective at cleaning air - they work as well as a HEPA filter.
7) HOUSE PLANTS -
I think the most popular and most commonly used air cleaner is the house plant. Some work better than others. NASA scientists have found that houseplants, like spider plants, and flowers like mums and gerbera daisies can remove up to 87% of toxic indoor air all in one day; this includes carbon monoxide and cigarette smoke. Plants naturally have a built in filtration system that suck in hazardous particles and then neutralize them. Rooms with plants are said to contain half the amount of airborne microbes as rooms that do not have plants.
For my much polluted environment here in New York City, I need all the help I can get and so far the items I have used I think have made a difference, e.g. plants, salt crystal lamp, and cinnamon.
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Detoxing Your Home
salt rock lamp
Susan Whitfield on September 26, 2020:
Where can I get true cinnamon and the salt rock lamps? The links did not come up.
Debra on February 29, 2020:
Yes I love using my salt lamp .i have one in my bedroom,I use at night .and I also have a tabletop water fountain I love .will get some house plants to try .
Dona Khundrakpam on October 14, 2018:
Thank you so much for such a useful advice God bless you ...I really don't know about these method to detox our polluted home I am using only air purifier.
Andi on March 29, 2017:
Salt lamps are great. I have 3 throughout the house. Didn't know about the cactus. Living in the desert I have many around inside & out. Thanks for the info.
Joe John on October 31, 2016:
This is fascinating info for me. I remember how my grandmother always had huge plants in her (and 0ur) home -- particularly huge, looking like
rubber trees. That's when we lived in snowy-rainy Buffalo, NY. Now I live in the desert of Phoenix, and I've always found it relatively unhealthy. The sun is too hot to enjoy most of the time, water is so scarce (it seems never to rain), and the outdoor air is always heavily polluted with particulates that attach to all the dust; also there are signs up many days of the year warning of "high ozone" levels. Indoors, we are using A/C almost all the time.
I tried some plants some years ago here, but they DIED INSIDE OF the house, no matter how much water I gave them.
I'm going to try again. I developed cancer from living here (I'd swear it has been the environment, outdoors and inside).
I will try plants and this salt lamp idea (I have seen them in stores but never knew what they were!)
A very helpful article.
MikeTaylor on February 10, 2015:
I never knew that about the bamboo! I'm going to try that. Ditto with the cactus!
Lots of very good information here. thanks for sharing
Daphne D. Lewis from Saint Albans, West Virginia on January 19, 2015:
This is something I really need to do, because I've read so many articles on the toxins in our homes. I'm definitely going to find one of the salt lamps. If this keeps the dust down, then I need one as one of my allergies is to house dust. The cactus benefits were new to me so there may be more cacti in my future. I'm going to suggest it to my daughter who has frequent headaches. Great methods to use!
Jason on August 15, 2014:
Excellent advice! Keep up the good work :)
rj on March 08, 2014:
Mike on February 01, 2014:
I wasn't able to find any directed peered review literature/research on salt rocks, beeswax candles, and water fountains influence on air quality. There is research on plants and indoor air quality so I would suggest until more research is performed stick to plants.
Laura Ross on January 10, 2014:
Good advice here to detox your home. Where do you buy bamboo? I'd like to try it.
Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on January 10, 2014:
I never knew that about the bamboo! I'm going to try that. Ditto with the cactus!
Lots of very good information here. I do wish you had included cross-references to scientific studies on some of the solutions, though, such as the list of NASA detox-efficient plants: that would have been very cool!
Great hub, though anecdotal for the most part without the references. A good opportunity to improve your hub and increase your score and traffic, too! Voted up, shared, interesting, useful...
Michele on October 13, 2013:
The salt rock lamp is also effective if you suffer from frequent headaches. When I have the start of a headache I go into my room where I keep my lamp and lay down, close my eyes, and within a half hour all traces of the headache are gone.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 11, 2013:
MaggieMaye - Thanks for writing!
Toytasting - so glad you like the information!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 01, 2013:
Toytasting - Sooooo glad you enjoyed the hub!
epbooks - You're welcome - so glad you found the hub great and useful. I looooove my salt rock lamp and although it is still summer I'm going to plug it in on this rainy night because I need the light therapy - it works for me!
uNicQue - Hope you do try and enjoy. They just make me happy!
Nicole Quaste from Philadelphia, PA on July 31, 2013:
This is a really interesting article. I definitely plan on trying some of these methods in my home!
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on July 30, 2013:
Great and useful information. I've been reading a lot about cinnamon lately and I think I'm going to need to start using it more. Never really looked into the salt lamps or cactus, but it is definitely something I'll try. Thanks for posting!
Toy Tasting from Mumbai on July 30, 2013:
Amazing Tips. Loved the information you shared on cinnamon and cactus.
Thanks for sharing! :)
MaggieMaye on July 13, 2013:
thanks for info on salt lamp
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 01, 2013:
Hi Blake - I keep reading more and more about charcoal and its absorbing ability. I'd say you are in the right place at the right time. Do keep us up to date on your success. Glad you enjoyed the article and thanks for writing!
Blake on May 30, 2013:
Unfortunately the "Cactus absorbing monitor radiation" is completely fake or in a nicer way a myth (tons of research debunking the theory). However, you inspired me to start a business making and selling Bamboo Charcoal! I am a bit obsessed with it since I read your article! Thank you very much for compiling this list together!!! A huge fan!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 25, 2013:
Debbie it sounds like you should be writing here on hub pages. You have many good natural ideas. I'm glad you shared them here. Please let me know if you do decide to write; I'd like to keep up with you. Thanks for commenting and sharing!
Debbie on May 24, 2013:
i have 2 salt lamps and 3 fish aquariums in my house i have 4 cats and 2 dogs that are in all the time i also use a steam mop with vinegar to clean my floors and i use peroxide and vinegar to clean the bathrooms and kitchen counters i also make my own laundry soap and dishwasher soap. i love the smell of cinnamon i also drink cinnamon and honey tea.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 11, 2013:
Thanks for the info KarenSVaughan! I like the more pungent aroma and sharper taste of cinnamon from Sri Lanka.
KarenSVaughan from Brooklyn, New York on May 11, 2013:
We can get both Cinnamonum zeylandica (Ceylon) and Cinnamonum cassia (usually from Vietnam) in the US. C. Zeylandica was called Cinnamonum verum by the Dutch as a marketing ploy but both are real and C. cassia was used in trade first. There are subtle differences but they are basically interchangeable for medicinal uses and of course for aromatic uses.
Karen Vaughan, L.Ac.
Registered Herbalisit (AHG)
Jean on May 10, 2013:
I have a question about using the salt lamps. Should I leave the one in te bedroom on all day? What about when we have the windows open? Does it still work or should I just turn it off? When my grandson first saw the lamp he asked about it.. I turned around and he licked it--YUP! That's salt! Kids!
precy anza from USA on May 09, 2013:
Wow! I was surprised that, that link from Facebook group "Herbs and Oils" would bring me here on Hubpages. :) Love the information, very useful! I do have indoor plant in my room in addition to my air purifier. I love the plant, it gives life in my room. Voted up and shared!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 05, 2013:
Thanks shanalee! This sounds good and I think others will follow your tip. If I see pure eucalyptus leaves I will try it.
shanalee on April 03, 2013:
Years ago I heard about using eucalyptus leaves or oil. I used to throw the leave in a glass oven dish in water on the back of the wood stove, supposed to cleanse the air. Living in a small space with a large family it really did seem to lessen the spread of colds and other things that made the rounds every year, plus made the house smell clean. Just be sure not to use floral or decorative leaves as these have been treated.
I wonder why this is not in the list?
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 31, 2013:
Also see eBay to bid for a good price!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 30, 2013:
Hi lklg - they are sold online - even through Amazon.com and they sell a large variety. Many sold on Amazon are through independent sellers so you can really shop around. I wish you well and do keep in touch. I love my lamp.
lklg57 on March 29, 2013:
would love to find a salt lamp!! where can I get one?? I have lots of plants, and any thing else that would help me is great. I have lung trouble and it is hard for me to breath.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 13, 2013:
Thanks Vrvs for sharing this information. I'll leave it here so others can search further.
Vrvs from Palm Coast, Florida on February 11, 2013:
An all-natural paint additive has been developed. Air-ReNu, turns any newly painted wall surface, into an effective and permanent home air purification system, no electricity or filters required. The Air-ReNu all-natural, technology permanently maintains healthy indoor air quality and continuously removes offensive odors.
Valene from Missouri on June 15, 2012:
I had never heard the thing about the cactus...I get very tired at work since I work in front of a computer all day. I have a salt lamp, but I haven't used it yet!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 11, 2012:
Sounds like a good idea Seth Roseman. Thanks for commenting!
Seth Roseman from Atlanta, Georgia on February 10, 2012:
Very interesting article, my company sells bamboo blinds, paylessdecor.com (just linked to you!)- and I think it is an interesting feature to be able to use the bamboo after its useful life a room deodorizor. I think I'd just be careful to ensure any stains or sealants used weren't toxic at high temps.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 21, 2011:
Thanks for this information Jules. I'll leave it here so other can see it and will go check out the website.
Jules on November 21, 2011:
very interesting! its so scary how many harmful things are out there that we don't even know about. i found one of the best products with the bamboo charcoal was a Moso Bag from Moso Natural. You can go on their website for more information, mosonatural.com. Not only is the price great for how long it lasts, but it works amazing! thanks for the article.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 30, 2011:
Love my lamp bangingbeauty - and it's glowing right now. It's a great lamp too during the long winter nights.
bangingbeauty on October 30, 2011:
Very col salt rock lamp, gonna get myself one of those!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 21, 2011:
Hi Lila - the salt crystal lamp works because the 15 watt bulb heats it just barely enough...to be effective. I don't know what sea salt alone can do. You can order the lamp online but be sure to read sizes. Some inexpensive ones are actually very tiny.
Hello plinka - here it is fall and I keep my lamp on all the time and will well into the spring. I live in such a polluted area (NYC) that is more crowded than ever. I have the houseplants and it is time to shop for beeswax candles and a fountain. I need all the help I can get.
Thanks for the comments!
plinka from Budapest, Hungary on October 21, 2011:
Hi BkCreative, I love your green tips. I also use salt chrystal lamp, but I have not heard about using bamboo charcoal to clean the air. It is interesting.
lila on October 07, 2011:
Can sea salt suffice instead of the salt lamp? There's no salt lamp sold in my area.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 10, 2011:
Thank you Midnight Rider. So nice reading such a kind comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. Now that summer is passing it is time to get my bulb for my salt crystal lamp - only 15 watts. It also make such a great night light - so soothing!
Midnight Rider from Wherever it's midnight... on September 09, 2011:
Great hub! I came here looking for information on salt lamps. It's amazing so few people know about, and are writing about them. It was hard to find an unbiased opinion on them from someone not selling them. These tips are priceless--you are helping so many people with this hub!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 26, 2011:
Thanks bamboo blinds. Bamboo was used a lot when I lived in S. Korea. Often used as charcoal as well. You could not buy a plant without it have a piece of bamboo charcoal stuck in the pot. I'd love to have a bamboo flute.
Thanks for all the information!
bamboo blinds on July 23, 2011:
Nice hub with in depth information about detox your home. Bamboo is also used to clean the air in India and other Asian countries. Bamboo is also affordable as bamboo blinds and and bamboo stalks are used as lucky bamboo for the rooms in India. Flutes are also made of bamboo. Bamboo is grass and used for many verities of products in India. Will explore other products which I am not much aware.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 21, 2011:
I'm glad you found it too. I wrote it 2 years ago and it is becoming popular again. Reason not to delete those old hubs!
Thanks for commenting!
fucsia on March 21, 2011:
Useful tips! I am glad to have found this page!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 21, 2011:
You're welcome almasi - I think you will be pleased. Thanks for writing!
almasi on March 21, 2011:
Thanks for the great tips. Will put them in practice.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 07, 2011:
Hope you find some you like. Thanks for commenting!
Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on March 07, 2011:
A very interesting hub. I'll have to try some of these.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 03, 2011:
Thank you for writing mysisters. I'm happy to say I have a home that does not reek of chemicals. I often wonder what the use of chemicals does to our pets as well.
The cinnamon is the best. I'm glad you liked the hub.
mysisters on February 03, 2011:
I really enjoyed reading your Hub. You have some great tips to detoxing your home naturally. I have actually tried the cinnamon idea and it works great! Makes your home spell amazing!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 11, 2010:
I love my salt rock lamp pigfish. It is on right now - this early rainy morning as I sit here and write. In the pot, my cactus was about a foot and a half - I was so surprised when my female cat started rubbing against it - even gently nibbling the needles (?) - she never hurt it. And the boy cat wouldn't go near it. When I did the research - there was nothing about one kind or the other being better - mine was the tall straight cucumber shape.
And the cinnamon - such a difference with the real one from Sri Lanka - it had a real, rich, aroma - very distinctive and more powerful than what is sold and on the market as cinnamon.
Thanks for writing - I look forward to throwing my windows open and doing some Spring cleaning.
pigfish from Southwest Ohio on March 11, 2010:
Lots of good information BkCreative. I've always been a big fan of cinamon. I will definitely try a salt rock lamp and a cactus. Any advice on what kind of cactus? Size? If your cat is using yours as a backscratcher I figure it isn't one of those tiny ones you can buy at the home improvement store.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 12, 2009:
Thank you Chris Eddy111. I find that I have to have my salt lamp on all the time - the glow in that corner maybe, some secret benefits too, I'm thinking. But when the bulb blows out I must replace it immediately! Love the wamm glow at night too! Glad you liked this hub!
Chris Eddy111 from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2009:
I like my salt lamp and it has a nice warm glow in the night. Of course, I have plants and love those. I'd like to try the bamboo or cinnamon. I like this hub. Great info.
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 19, 2009:
You're welcome Mighty Mom!
Thanks for the compliment and I would love to read about your kitty cats. I am your fan now - should you publish such a hub.
Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on August 19, 2009:
Another excellent hub. With four cats I can use all the home detoxification I can get! Thank you!!! MM
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 23, 2009:
Thanks for adding so much vital information for everyone to read. I am so glad Americans are finally doing research to improve health and demanding such changes. We have shut our eyes for too long.
But we have such a long way to go - too many people in denial. Sigh!
Hanna Kroeger Healer on June 22, 2009:
These are great tips. I especially like the one about Bees Wax Candles.
I think that the Cactus plant being near computers -- it absorbs the EMF from the computer - a normally invisible energetic phenomenon. This is great. However, consider it could affect your human EMF field as well. Positioning is extremely important.
There are a class of people who have weak EMF, or easily disturbed EMF, and they are very sensitive to exterior fields. This is likely due to weak kidneys, and metal poisons in the body disrupting the generation of the human electro magnetic field.
These people who have weak fields, often have developed chronic candidiasis, chronic viral infections, and weakened their kidneys -- chronic ailments. Limit the time you spend in front of the computer.
People who can't tolerate certain kinds of cell-phones because it bothers them (e.g. teeth hurting) should not use them, and probably meither household indoor wireless phones.
It may not be any coincidence at all that a person who lives in a house or near a property with wireless hifi spots has developed a chronic illness, such as candidiasis.
Increase you EMF Field Naturally with Qi Gong.
Master Healer Salvatore Crapanzano
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 24, 2009:
Hi Mrs BigReese - the lamp I bought last year locally at Xmas for a real bargain price - but I think the ones in Korea were more beautiful - nice if you can see it before you buy - I like more orange and less white.
And justmesuzanne - The cactus idea is new to me too - but I am a fan of the salt crystal lamp - the glow is lovely and soothing and the nicest kind of light. I do think it reduces the dust flying around too.
justmesuzanne from Texas on January 23, 2009:
Nice ideas. I didn't know about the salt crystal lamp or the cactus! :)
Mrs. BigReese on January 23, 2009:
Where did you get that lamp?????