4 Chemical-Free Cleaning Tips for Reducing Allergies at Home

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!

Going Green With Cleaning

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.

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How to Get Rid of Household Pests

The other morning, I was up before the sun (as usual) and went to the kitchen to grab a bottle of water. I flipped on the light, and what did I see? One solitary ROACH scrambling to hide under the edge of the cabinets.

OH NO. I HATE roaches. And I certainly hate them being in my home – where did that sucker come from?! I looked underneath the cabinets to find…a couple pieces of dog food that had gotten away from the dog and from my vacuum. Ah HA! I cleaned up the dog food, made short work of the roach and I’ve had no issues since then. 

Of course, the first time I see any kind of bug, I think, “Where are the rest of them?! Are we infested?! How many more are there?!”

So when Angela from NYCity Pest Control contacted me about a post on the best ways to get rid of household pests, I knew it was perfect timing. And she’s got some awesome ideas!

A household pest infestation will harm the health of your family if you don’t do anything about it. Everyone’s first instinct would be to use pesticides to kill them. But, it is harmful to you, your children and pets.  If you prevent them from entering the house in the first place, you do not have to face them, and you are taking the first step to saving your health.

Sometimes the infestation may be severe, and you cannot follow natural methods. Products available in the market are not as useful as the ones which expert pest control services use. At that time, you have to get help from professionals like NYCity Pest Control.

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However, until then…the first step to avoid severe pest infestation is to look for signs and areas that have problems. For example: firewood is home to termites and ants, so you must keep it at least 20 feet from your house.  And it is well-known to everyone that standing water is the primary reason for mosquitos to breed.  Also, you must keep shrubs and branches trimmed so that pests can’t enter your home.

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Is Your Home Affecting Your Skin?

We’re continuing on the journey of ridding our home of nasty chemicals before the girls arrive later this summer, and can I just say: I had no idea there was so much JUNK in our house! It’s almost scary, the amount of chemicals that are in everyday items! And I’m so glad we started working on it when we did!

So when Phoebe Parlade offered some facts on things in household chemicals that could be affecting our skin, I felt it was important to share with all of you! Please! Take a few moments to educate yourself!

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Recently several studies have linked many medical issues to household chemical exposure. The Consumer Product Safety Commission points out that asthma rates, for example, have jumped an alarming fifty-nine percent since the year 1970. This trend is not necessarily surprising considering that household cleaning products alone now make up a $12 billion/year industry.

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A Trip to World Market

I first learned of World Market from Emily over at Decor Chick. In one of her posts she was listing details of her husband’s birthday party, and she posted a pic from World Market, where she had visited for supplies. Immediately I Googled the store, feeling sure there wasn’t one anywhere around me, since I had never heard of it, but hoping…just hoping…

Just over an hour away from me, I located one. Wow! I was excited! I told my husband that night that I wanted to go to World Market. It was a new store I had discovered, I said. I got an eye roll…until I pulled up the website and showed it to him. He decided he might want to tag along. So, a couple Saturdays ago, we headed out.

We found this particular World Market in a HUGE beautiful new shopping center in Winter Garden. TONS of other stores – it was totally worth the drive!

When we entered World Market, we found out not only that they have a lovely rewards/coupon program, but they even do events in the store (they were doing a wine tasting that particular day)! How fun! It was pretty busy in there, but not so busy that you couldn’t move around and see all the treasures they had to offer.

At our store, when you walk in, looking to the right you can see just about any kind of gift packaging that you can imagine.

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