The Ultimate Guide to Detoxing Your Bedroom In 2020
It feels like there has never been a better time to do a deep detox than the year 2020. It has been a year of upheaval in so many ways, which is why it's so important to have a safe and inviting place to rest at the end of every day.
With big changes to our work lives, many of us aren't just using our bedroom to sleep in anymore, but also to do our work, or even eat meals. All of this can make our bedrooms seem like places to be switched on and where our minds need to be active, but in fact, it should be the exact opposite.
From work-related burnout to lockdown fatigue, it can feel like there is a lot standing in the way of optimal home- and self-maintenance. Here is one way forward: make a to-do list and give yourself a reasonable deadline. By breaking the work down into smaller steps, the relatively straightforward yet entirely overwhelming task of cleaning your room becomes more achievable.
Here is our eight-step guide to detoxing your bedroom in 2020.
Go tech-free (at least for a week)
Did you know that electronic devices emit low levels of radiation and light, which can interrupt your sleep and delay melatonin release? Keep phones and laptops out of the room complete if possible, or at least opt to keep them on a shelf far away from your bed to deter late-night scrolling.
Do one big deep clean
Dedicate an entire day to cleaning your bedroom. This means vacuuming, mopping, spraying, the whole shebang, to get rid of built-up bacteria. Choose natural, non-toxic products only, of course, and feel the zen start to re-enter the room.
Wash your bed linen
Ideally, you should be washing your bed linen once a week, but, in the interest of starting fresh, go ahead and wash them again right now.
Replace your bed linen
What's better than washing your bed linen? Replacing it altogether. If your bed linen has been kicking around for too many years, there could be bacteria and microorganisms living in the threads of the fabric. If you do choose to invest in new bed linen, keep in mind that 100% French Flax Linen is naturally anti-bacterial and also durable, able to withstand the weekly wash.
Optimise your lighting
Harsh, fluorescent lighting is a big no-no when it comes to the bedroom. Some would argue that lighting is everything when it comes to feeling relaxed and at ease. Choose energy-efficient bulbs that emit soft, warm light to set the mood in your newly detoxified sanctuary.
Try an air purifier
Think of how many hours you spend at night, breathing in and out the air inside your bedroom. A good quality air purifier is a great way to remove some of the allergens, dust, and chemicals that float around.
Try an air-purifying indoor plant
English ivy, aloe vera, and snake plants are just some of the plants that can help to purify the air. They'll also bring a touch of nature into the room.
Upgrade your mattress
The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every seven to ten years not only to give you proper support but also to repel dust mites and allergens that can accumulate over time—especially as you're cleaning the room.