You don't need to be a rocket scientist to understand that the better we care for our body, the better we look and feel. One way to treat yourself right is to do regular cleanses — but with a busy job, a family, or simply no desire to commit to cleansing 24/7, this isn't always an option.
That's why I've created a system to make detox a way of life. I call it the "Cookie Jar Method," and I've already been using it to maintain a weight I love without depriving myself.
Here's how it works:
- I made a list of all the detox hacks I've always wanted to try.
- I printed them, cut them apart and put them in a jar, as if they were cookies.
- Two or three times a week, I'd grab a "cookie" (i.e. a detox hack) and if I liked it, I'd make it part of my routine.
Here are 26 tricks to help you detox your body, bathroom, and home:
Detox your body
1. Start your day with a glass of birch sap.
Loaded with vitamin C, birch sap is a sweet liquid from birch stress. I find that this drinking this helps me feel lighter and refreshed.
2. Eat foods rich in potassium citrate.
They can help alkalize the body. Opt for prunes, avocados, raisins, peaches, strawberries, spinach, apples or fresh mushrooms.
3. Add garlic to your meals as often as possible.
It's great for you. Garlic is an antioxidant that's been shown to help the immune system.
4. Drink nettle tea.
Available in most health food stores, this herbal tea is soothing and I find that this helps my digestion.
5. Treat yourself at the spa.
6. Do a castor oil pack.
Soak a towel in cold-pressed castor oil, ring it out, and put it on your abdomen. Place a hot water bottle on top and lie down for 30 minutes. (Want to know more about the wonders of castor oil? Start here.)
7. Try oil pulling.
Mix 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil with 1 drop of essential oil. Swish around in your mouth for 10 minutes. (Have no idea what oil pulling is? Start here.)
8. Stimulate your lymphatic system with dry skin brushing twice a day.
Brush your naked body with a natural bristle brush starting with your feet and working towards your heart. Then take a shower alternating between hot and cold water.
9. Detox with psyllium husk.
Grind 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk in a blender. Mix into an 8-ounce glass of water and drink daily for two weeks. Psyllium husk is loaded with fiber and available at most health food stores. Be sure you're drinking at least two quarts of water a day.
Always talk to your health care practitioner before making any dietary changes or before introducing supplements into your diet.
Detox your cleaning cabinets
10. Make all-purpose cleaner.
In an empty spray bottle, mix warm water with 2 Tablespoons baking soda, 1 Tablespoon white vinegar and 10 drops lavender oil. Use like regular cleaner.
11. Clean your toilet the non-toxic way.
Before going to bed, pour a glass of white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Scrub briefly and the bowl will be cleaner the next morning.
12. Make a DIY fridge air freshener
Put a small bowl with freshly ground coffee into your fridge to eliminate bad smells.
13. Try this recipe for drain pipe cleaner.
Mix equal parts white vinegar, salt and baking soda in a bottle and slowly pour into dirty drains. Repeat if necessary.
14. Soften up your fabric softener.
Mix 8 cups of coarse salt with 50 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Store in an airtight container and add 6 Tablespoons to your wash loads.
15. Clean your washing machine.
Pour a glass of white vinegar into your washing machine and run a complete cycle.
16. Make DIY wipes.
Cut old white T-shirts or sheets into equal-sized pieces. Put in a bucket with 2 cups of water, 5 Tablespoons white vinegar and 1 Tablespoon organic liquid soap until soaked. Keep in an airtight container.
17. Make an all-natural herbicide.
Bring 4 cups of water to boil and mix with 5 Tablespoons vinegar and 2 teaspoons salt. Store in a spray bottle and use like regular herbicide.
Detox your personal products
18. Treat your teeth with DIY toothpaste.
Grind 2 cups of xylitol in a high-speed blender. Add two cups of melted coconut oil and 1 cup of baking soda. Blend. Pour into an airtight container and add a couple of drops peppermint oil.
19. Try DIY deodorant.
Make another batch of toothpaste but add your favorite essential oil. Best deodorant ever! (Not ready to make your own? Here are six natural ones to try.)
20. Use gentler shampoo.
Use a bar of organic castile soap to wash your hair. This also works great as shaving foam
21. Care for your split ends.
Before washing your hair, massage half a teaspoon olive oil into dry and split ends. Repeat weekly.
22. Pamper your hair with a mask.
Twice a month, massage argan oil into your scalp and hair. Cover with a towel and leave on for an hour.
23. Treat dandruff holistically.
Mix 1 Tablespoon olive oil with 2 drops essential citrus oil. Massage into your scalp for a couple of minutes, and then wash your hair.
24. Cleanse your face with a vitamin exfoliator.
Mix a teaspoon of vitamin C powder with some almond milk. Massage the paste into your face, rinse and apply some rosewater. (I buy my vitamin C and my rosewater from Amazon.com.)
25. Treat your dry hands or heels.
Dissolve 2 Tablespoons of baking soda in 4 cups of warm water and soak your hands or heels in it for 10 minutes.
26. Make this anti-acne mask.
Mix 2 Tablespoons raw honey with 1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay, which is a healing clay that's very popular in Germany. Apply the paste on your face and rinse after 20 minutes.
Of course, I sometimes I forgot about a hack. That's why I always put them back in the jar until I've grabbed them several times and feel I no longer need reminders.
Wanna give it a try? Let me know in the comments below!
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