Detox your home for the new year


2020. The shortest and simultaneously longest year. Most of us have spent the best part of it in the house, and whilst there’s been plenty of time for de-cluttering and rearranging, a fresh start has never been more needed. The spaces we inhabit have a big impact on how we feel and, at the moment, in particular, it’s important to have a safe and calm environment to relax in. So, just as you may be detoxing mind, body and soul in the new year, now is an excellent time to do the same for your home. Here are some of the ways we’ll be approaching it.

Embrace air-purifying plants

It’s not the most pleasant thought, but there is evidence to suggest that certain household items – including detergents and varnishes – are made using materials that emit toxins. And when you start thinking about the general dust ­– especially if you live in a city – and germs that accumulate naturally around your home, your seemingly clean space starts to feel not-so-clean after all. Enter air-purifying plants, which bring a literal meaning to the concept of detoxing your home. One isn’t enough to clean all the air you breathe, but the recent trend of houseplants means you can go wild with an assortment whilst still being stylish.

Snake plants are a great option for the bedroom as they release oxygen at night, meaning you may breathe better whilst snoozing, plus are very easy to care for. If you’re new to plant parenthood, spider plants are also a win-win. They’ve been shown to remove formaldehyde from the air, which is common in cleaning and self-care products, and they’re pretty tolerant to most environments. As long as they have a little bit of sun they’ll be just fine, but they love humidity, so are a good choice for the bathroom. If you’re after a big plant, look to peace lilies, which can grow up to four feet tall and have beautiful white flowers. They are particularly good at getting rid of benzene and trichloroethylene, both found in paint. Once you’ve picked your plant, or plants, find a new planter to really show it off.

Refresh bed linen and towels for the year ahead

A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for our health, something we are all particularly mindful of at the moment. And after the year we’ve had, it feels like everyone could do with a bit more rest than usual. Opting for new, high-quality bed linen will give your bedroom a new lease of life, plus help you to get those essential eight hours. The things to consider for sheets, duvet and pillow covers are fibre, weight and thread count. Fibre and thread count is what contributes to softness; opt for fine fibres, like linen or Egyptian cotton, with a high thread count, which will have a smoother feel.

Refreshing your towels is another simple change that makes a big difference. Is there anything better than having a long bath and then wrapping yourself up in a big fluffy towel? Considering that travel is so uncertain at the moment, it’s a great way to bring that luxury hotel feeling home instead.

Deep clean every room

Putting some music and your Marigolds on and blitzing the entire house not only ensures your space will be looking revitalised for the year ahead, but it’s also thought to improve mental health as it provides a clear focus and feeling of being in control – something we didn’t have much of in 2020. Whilst your usual cleaning routine ensures everything stays looking presentable, having at least one yearly deep clean will allow your scheme to look its best. Commit to cleaning out the fridge and kitchen cabinets, flipping your mattress, dusting behind the radiators and hosing down the tiles outside, if you have any. They are tasks that are put to the back of your mind but will make all the difference.

Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to do and when before you start, as well as stocking up on cleaning essentials. And in the spirit of detoxing your home, why not get on board with products formulated using only natural ingredients?

Now that your home is in tip-top shape, it will be much easier to relax and unwind. And rather than while away the hours on our phones and laptops, we’re planning on taking some time away from our screens in January too, in the hope of building better habits for the year ahead.