Chemical fumes from cleaning products are among the most common allergens in the home, according to the Asthma Society of Canada.
Here are a some cleaning tips for reducing asthma and allergies, using natural products:
Avoid using commercial air fresheners, as they release chemicals into the air. To create your own natural air freshener, add 10 drops of your favourite essential oil to water in a spray bottle.
Toilet cleaners contain strong chemicals, so for a safer cleaner, use undiluted vinegar. Or even pour a can of fizz into your toilet to bubble away grunge and dirt.
Vinegar is a great cleaning product and a natural disinfectant. You can dull down the strong smell using a few squeezes of lemon or a few drops of essential oil.
Baking soda is a natural odour-absorber. To scrub dirt and clean away stains, use a microfibre cloth with a mixture of baking soda and water.
Vacuum all carpets and even curtains and your bath mat regularly. If someone in your household has allergies or asthma.
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