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 commercialized spray bottle.
For some, cleaning may actually aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. Harsh chemicals used in some products may trigger asthma symptoms or allergies. Also, dust that is disturbed when cleaning can make the process a nightmare.
Numerous products have received a “green” seal of approval and are easy on the environment. Many of these come from plant or natural sources. An easy alternative to purchased cleaning products is cleaners that you make yourself from ordinary household ingredients such as lemon, vinegar and baking soda.
Cleaning solution: Mix 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups very hot water, 1/2 cup salt and 2 cups borax. Apply solution to area and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Apply the solution again, scrubbing with a soft bristled brush and rinse well with plain water.
If you have a mold/mildew issue, once the area is completely cleared of the growth, straight vinegar sprayed on the walls may prevent new mold/mildew from growing. Simply spray the vinegar and let air dry.
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This article has been reviewed by Andrew Moore, MD, FAAAAI