Here’s your Green Cleaning Tip for August 2017 from Going GreenHouse.
Indoor air pollutants such as: dust mites, mold, pet dander, hair, secondhand smoke and common household cleaning products, can trigger asthma and other allergy symptoms. However, by using “green” cleaning products and processes, you can reduce the affects that pollutants have on allergies and asthma symptoms in your home.
The American Lung Association states that many standard cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs have been linked to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and can be found in cleaning products such as: bleach, ammonia, floor cleaners, bathroom and tile cleaners, air fresheners, polishes and more!
Not only are green cleaning products better for our environment, but they can also help reduce triggers that may worsen your symptoms. Below are a few examples of how you can keep your home green and free of allergens.
In your kitchen:
Baking soda is going to be your best option for a cheap, all-purpose, green cleaning solution. It is best to break down your cleanings and keep a regular cleaning schedule. Each week, floors should be mopped, and cabinets and appliances should be wiped free of dust and build up. Seasonally, wipe down the inside of your fridge/freezer as well as the inside of utensil drawers. In order to prevent moisture and fumes in your kitchen, remember to use exhaust fans while cooking and keep all food in sealed containers, making sure to dispose of expired and moldy food.
In your Living Areas:
Many living areas consist of bookshelves, tables, and little knickknacks. Be sure that these items are being dusted regularly with a microfiber rag, which will trap and remove dust without sending it in to the air.
Dust mites are your bedrooms worst culprit. Do your bedroom a favor and invest in dust mite-proof covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. In addition, be sure to wash your bedding and blankets regularly (recommended once a week) in at least 130 degree water, in order to kill dust mites and remove allergens.
In your Bathrooms:
Start by making your own green cleaning solution of either 50/50 water and vinegar mix or baking soda and water paste. Bathrooms see their fair share of moisture. You can help control the amount of moisture in your bathroom by using an exhaust fan to eliminate moisture/steam and reduce fumes caused by aerosol sprays, such as hairspray and bathroom deodorizers. You may also reduce moisture retention by eliminating the use of carpeting in bathrooms and opting for wood, laminate, or tile.
Maintaining a green and clean home may seem like a daunting task, but when broken down into a weekly routine you may find it to be quite manageable. If not, your friends at Going GreenHouse are happy to help. Green cleaning is what we do best!