Can cleaning make allergies WORSE?

By November 12, 2016Allergies

If you or your children battle with allergies, you probably keep your home sparkling clean to get rid of any triggers dwg trueview 2018. But what if your cleaning materials are part of the problem?

It sounds like a lose-lose situation: you need to clean up allergens like dust, mould and pet dander , but the chemicals in your cleaning products can trigger allergies too! There’s a solution – let’s identify the bad guys and find some allergen-free replacements.

Cleaning products that make allergy symptoms worse

There are a few easy-to-spot signs that a product may act as an allergy trigger. Try to avoid:

  • anything that has strong noxious smells, such as ammonia
  • products that produce particulates by aerosol spray, such as air fresheners and ozone generators. These can trigger allergies and research found that weekly use of cleaning sprays was linked to worsening of asthma
  • perfumed products, like carpet deodorisers or fabric sprays
  • insecticides – both sprays and powders

What to use instead

  • For smooth surfaces, such as counter tops, glass or wood, use products that have minimal odours – avoid strong smelling products or spray-on products.
  • Use mops and dust cloths that pick up and retain the dust and avoid those that stir it into the air, such as feather dusters.
  • When vacuuming, try to get a vacuum with a HEPA filter or a cyclonic vacuum – these are great at removing allergens without blowing them around!
  • Use your washing machine to keep allergen accumulation low – wash bedding, soft toys and loose mats regularly in hot water.
  • Keep insects at bay by not leaving food out, keeping sinks clean and emptying refuse bins often.
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Make some natural cleaning products

While green products are environmentally friendly, they are not strictly regulated so you can’t be sure that they’re hypoallergenic. Here are some things you can make at home that won’t trigger an allergic reaction.

  • Glass cleaner: mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice in a litre of water, spray it on glass, and using newspaper or kitchen towels to wipe the glass dry.
  • Furniture polish: combine a teaspoon of lemon juice with a pint of mineral or vegetable oil.
  • Carpet deodoriser: sprinkle baking soda liberally on your carpet, wait at least 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up.

Try them – you’ll get a sparkling home with even less allergy hot-spots, and you’ll end up saving some money!

Joanne Hart for 2016