I’ve always had allergy issues. Then I married my husband, who has also always had allergy issues. And now we’re finding out that our littles ALSO have allergy issues. No surprise there, I guess. Do you have allergy sufferers at your house?
Allergies can impact people inside their homes and outdoors. While you can’t control what’s happening outside your front door, you have a little more control of your environment at home. I’ve been doing lots of research on this, of late, and while cleaning can reduce allergies, many times people turn to chemical products for cleaning which can make allergies worse and take a toll on the environment. In fact, did you know that there are more than 80 different chemicals in regular household cleaners today? With the following four chemical-free cleaning tips, you can reduce the way that allergies can impact you in your home, reduce the amount of chemicals you are exposing your family to, and do more to “go green” as you clean!
Clean Your Home with Natural Products
Did you know that you can remove 99 percent of bacteria and allergens using hot water with a little vinegar in it and a good cleaning cloth? If you find the vinegar smell a little too strong, dilute it and add some fresh lemon or orange juice. Cleaning your home without chemicals is much healthier for your family and more eco-friendly. When you’re done, you’ll feel great that your home is clean and smells naturally fresh.
Clear Out the Clutter
You may find your home more cluttered than you like. Spouses, kids, pets, friends, and families tend to collect many types of objects that can clutter up your home. Before long, your once stylish home begins to look like a secondhand store. It’s time to get organized and clear out the clutter since all that stuff is a haven for dust. Plus, the more stuff you have, the longer it takes you to clean it! Rally your friends and family and hold a garage sale to help you get rid of what you don’t need and bring in a little extra cash.
Get an Air Purifier
Air filters are an easy way to reduce allergies at home in a chemically free way. Air purifiers use filters to eliminate pollutants such as dust and pollen from the air in buildings. These filters are sometimes also called air cleaners, and they can help filter germs and bacteria out of the air to help prevent sicknesses. Make sure you check out product reviews and do some thorough research before purchasing an air purifier.
Steam Clean Your Carpet & Drapes
Dust mites are the prevailing trigger of asthma attacks, and pollen is the leading cause of allergens. Dust mites live in soft furnishings and linens such as beds, curtains, bedding, carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture.
Steam cleaning these areas will kill and remove the dust mites, making it easier to breathe. The bedroom is the top site of greatest exposure, so spend some extra time cleaning the bedrooms. You can rent a do-it-yourself steam cleaner or hire a professional. If you hire a professional, make sure you ask about the types of chemicals used for cleaning.
Dirt, dust, mold, pollen, and other annoying and dangerous allergens tend to collect over time, which can lead to a potentially dangerous amount of these common nuisances in your house. When combined with higher humidity in the home (an issue we really struggle with here in Central Florida), reduced ventilation, and sudden changes in temperatures, these irritants can make your allergy symptoms feel even worse. Your only defense is a good offense! Clean your home, clean the items in your home, and clean the air. Before long, everyone can feel happy and healthy once again.
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How many chemicals do YOU use to clean your home?
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