Many people know that regular cleaning can help reduce allergy and asthma triggers in your home (such as mold, pet dander and dust mites). But you may want to pause before you reach for that spray bottle. Some people’s asthma and allergies may be aggravated by the way they clean. Harsh chemicals may trigger asthma symptoms or allergies, and dust that is disturbed when cleaning can make the process a nightmare.
So what’s the best way to keep your home clean and free of allergy triggers without also aggravating your symptoms? And what kind of cleaning should you do in your home? There are some simple steps you can take that could make a difference and may reduce your risk of developing allergy and asthma symptoms when you clean.
**Numerous products have received the “green” seal of approval and are easy on the environment. Many of these are derived from plant or natural sources rather than harsh chemicals, which can aggravate or create symptoms in people with allergies and asthma.
**Clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills with a solution of chlorine bleach (3/4 cup chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water). Always wear a protective mask when cleaning mold.
**In older homes, basements can be a challenge. Not only can they be damp and dusty, but they can also harbor rodents or mold. Always wear gloves and a mask when cleaning a basement that has either of these problems.