It's Spring and time to give your house a deep clean makeover. For asthma and allergy sufferers it can be a double-edged sword. While cleaning the house reduces the amount of allergens, it can also aggravate symptoms. The trick to avoiding itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, skin irritations, congestion and possible allergy and asthma attacks is to be careful when selecting cleaning products.
Common chemical culprits found in cleaning products include Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Formaldehyde, Ammonia D'limonene Sodium hydroxide. These chemicals feature in many cleaning products including laundry detergents, fabric softeners, all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, oven, drain and glass cleaners.
For most cleaning duties a spray bottle of water mixed with vinegar can safely clean many things around the home.
OLD SCHOOL CLEANING
Back to basics natural cleaning products like soap, vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and water can effectively clean your house. You can easily make your own household cleansers that are allergy friendly. Simply invest in some plastic spray bottles and small plastic containers.
Mix two cups of vinegar and two cups of water to create an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant. It can be used on most kitchen and bathroom surfaces (excluding marble and other natural stone surfaces).
Mix 3/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water to create a paste for cleaning toilets, sinks, ceramic, tubs, aluminium, silverware, chrome and stainless steel. Alternatively, mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent and enough white vinegar to make a creamy texture. A squeeze of lemon into the paste will give it a delightfully fresh and clean aroma. A tablespoon each of bicarbonate soda and salt mixed into a paste with water is a healthy way to clean wooden and plastic cutting boards. (Don’t forget to rinse afterwards.)
Mould and mildew cleaner
Spray vinegar on shower walls and curtains to clean and prevent mould and mildew. Wait 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.
After vacuuming the floor, add 1/4 cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean tile or slate floors. Don’t use the mixture on marble or timber floors. Using these homemade solutions will keep your home green and clean and allergy free.