6 Ways to Cleanse your Home
6 WAYS TO CLEANSE YOUR HOME
1. REMOVE TOXIC HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS FROM YOUR HOME
If a product has words like "WARNING", "CAUTION", or "DANGER" on the label or a drawing of a skull with cross bones on it, you shouldn't bring it inside your home, because products like these are highly toxic.
How can we expect to be healthy if we are washing our clothes, our dishes, and even our own bodies with products containing toxic chemicals?
Now-a-days you can find "non-toxic" versions of things like deodorant, laundry detergent, dish detergent at health food stores and on-line, but what I have found, is that these products become unnecessary when we embrace "clean living".
It may seem "impossible" to be able to live without deodorant, but if you are taking showers to keep the outside of your body clean, and you are also giving yourself "internal showers" by drinking plenty of water, and by eating a clean diet that includes a lot of fruits and vegetables (which are around 90% water) your body will be truly clean from the inside out.
Plus, the more that you embrace "clean living", the more sensitive you will become around chemicals anyways.
I personally can't even walk down the "cleaning aisle" at stores anymore, because the smell of all the bleaches and detergents will make me feel dizzy and nauseous, and something inside of me will literally start shouting "WARNING", "CAUTION", and "DANGER" to let me know that these are poisons we shouldn't go near.
2. BRING THE OUTDOORS INDOORS
Add Some Sunlight in your Home
Sunlight can strengthen our immune systems and improve our moods, so instead of keeping your blinds closed and using florescent lighting, it would be best to let natural sunlight be your source of lighting during the day, and to then go to sleep at night when the sun goes down.
Add Some Fresh Air in your Home
The air in the average household is about 10 times more polluted than the air outside, so for a lot of people, the most effective and least expensive way to improve the air in their home would be to simply open the windows.
These days a lot of people spend almost all their time in-doors (either in their homes, in their cars, or in the buildings that they work in) and although there are usually windows in people's houses, cars, and work buildings, these windows might never be getting opened, so start making it a point to open windows whenever you can and start breathing fresher air.
Add Living Plants in your Home
Many people have been able to reverse serious health problems such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease by switching to a "plant-based diet". But did you know that just looking at plants can help aid in the recovery process???
If a person is in a hospital because they are injured or dealing with depression, it would be far better for them to have a window that provides a view of a beautiful forest than a view of a paved parking lot.
Living plants will add oxygen to the air as well as beauty to your home, and both of these additions can help uplift your mood and energy.
3. GET RID OF YOUR TV
Reason to Get Rid of Your TV # 1 "Negativity"
I believe that the most toxic things that you can put in your body are violent images and sounds that enter through your eyes and ears, because unlike other toxins which can be removed through cleansing, memories aren't as easy to get rid of.
Whether it's pretend violence in movies, simulated violence in video games, or real violence on the news, the averages child gets exposed to so much violence on TV before they are even teenagers, that I feel that it's a serious form of child abuse that is contributing to a lot of the mental illness that teenagers and young adults are plagued with with these days.
And if you have children, you should also be aware that even a lot of the seemingly harmless sitcoms can teach children to be cruel, and if you don't believe me, please do the following experiment...
Step 1 - Find a sitcom that plays the sound of an audience laughing during the funny moments of the show.
Step 2 - Watch an episode of this sitcom and count the number of times that the audience laughs.
Step 3 - Keep track of how many of the laughs are because someone gets made fun of.
If you do this experiment, you will quickly realize that almost every sitcom (including the ones that are considered "family friendly") rely almost entirely on the use of insults and put-downs to make their audience laugh. (Which teaches kids that the easiest way to get their school-mates to laugh and like them is to find someone less fortunate who they can easily belittle because of their looks, their weight, or their intelligence.)
Reason to Get Rid of Your TV # 2 "Loss of Time"
If you watch TV as much as the average person does, getting rid of your TV could instantly free up almost 40 hours of time each week!
Reason to Get Rid of Your TV # 3 "Mind Control"
If you think that you aren't easily influenced or manipulated by TV programming, try telling that to the advertising agencies who collectively spend BILLIONS of dollars each year on convincing people to think, eat, wear, buy and fear what they want you to.
When you are watching TV, you are literally in a hypnotic like state, and your brain activity slows down so dramatically that subliminal messages are highly effective, and all that advertisers really need to do to get viewers interested in their product is to get them to associate their products with feeling good. (If you want to make a successful "Denture Cream" commercial, simply show some old people dancing, and then mention the brand name of your denture cream at the end of the commercial and you will probably have sparked a lot of interest in your product.)
I grew up in the 80's and I recently watched a really old VCR tape at my parent's house that had Saturday morning cartoons on it from back when I was a kid. The tape was 30 years old, and when I watched it, I barely remembered the actual cartoons, but whenever it would go to a commercial break and there would be commercials from the 80's with catchy jingles, I would remember the commercials as if I had just seen them yesterday, and I would instantly start singing along word for word and without missing a beat...
TOOTSIE ROLL COMMERCIAL JINGLE FROM 30 YEARS AGO
"The world looks mighty good to me, cause "Tootsie Rolls" are all I see. Whatever it is I think I see, becomes a "Tootsie Roll" to me. "Tootsie Roll" how I want your chocolaty chew, "Tootsie Roll" I think I'm in love with you. Whatever it is I think I see, becomes a "Tootsie Roll" to me."
Why are old commercial jingles from our childhood still stuck in our heads? Because they were designed to get stuck in our heads! And if you want to protect yourself and your family from this kind of mental programing, please don't have a TV in your house.
4. GIVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU DON'T NEED AWAY
When something that you own is no longer useful, it becomes "clutter" which takes up space and is a source of stress rather than enjoyment.
I encourage you to go through your closets and take all of the clothes that you haven't worn in over a year, and then go through your house and round up any CD's, DVD's, books, tools, and furniture that you no don't use anymore, and once you have gathered up all of your possessions that you no longer need, try to let go of as many of them as possible.
You could sell the things that you no longer need on "e-bay", or you could have a "yard-sale", or you could simply donate everything to the local "thrift store".
I strongly encourage everyone to support the "thrift store" by not only donating your used stuff to it, but by also buying used things from such as clothing and other essentials rather than buying them brand new at a large chain store.
Getting rid of everything that you don't really need is a powerful form of house-cleaning, and supporting the "thrift store" is a powerful form of house-cleasning for our shared home... (Earth)
5. PRACTICE PEACEFUL PEST CONTROL
Please don't kill your roommates regardless of what species they are.
If "pests" have been moving into your home, please understand that the reason they wanted to move in with you was because your home was "inviting" to them in some way.
People who have ants, mice, and other "pests" in their homes will often leave food out for them on a regular basis. (They will drop small crumbs of food on the floor, they will let their dirty dishes pile up in the kitchen sink, and they will throw their uneaten food scraps in an indoor trashcan that is easy for little critters to get into.)
People will also let their homes become so cluttered and disorganized that "pests" have lots of hiding places, and if people simply started cleaning up the clutter and stopped leaving food laying around, these "pests" would naturally start wanting to move out on their own.
When you find insects in your house, please either leave them alone, or gently capture them and place them outside instead of killing them.
If for anyone who says that they hate insects...
- Try looking at insects up-close, because you may find that they are actually kind of adorable or fascinating to look at up-close.
- Try learning about the amazing abilities of insects, because some them can fly, some can walk up walls, some have unbelievable strength, and some of can even fall from heights that are hundreds of times taller than they are and walk away like nothing happened. (Which would be like if one of us fell off the top of a giant skyscraper and just got back up and walked home.)
- Try telling yourself that while you may not wish to live with insects in your house, the humans species could not live without insects in the world, and therefore, we should respect them enough to not give them a "death sentence" just for wanting to move in with us.
So before you spend money on mousetraps, bug sprays, and exterminators, try "clean living", "compassion", and "wonder".
6. SOUNDPROOF A ROOM IN YOUR HOME
For those who don't currently have the luxury of living in an area where the sounds outside are natural and peaceful, it actually isn't that hard or expensive these days to soundproof one of the rooms in your home.
The sounds of police sirens, loud music, barking dogs, construction work, and neighbors yelling can all be toxic and stress inducing.
Your home should be your "sanctuary", and having at least one room in your home where you can do anything from read a book to write a book in silence can improve your health dramatically. And having a quiet space where we can meditate in peace, will help you to become a greater source of peace whenever you leave your house and go out into the world.