- Running the dryer with scented fabric softener sheets?
- Using plug-in air fresheners in bathrooms and elsewhere around the house?
- Hoarding lots of clutter, especially papers and books, or even a huge surplus of kid toys and stuffed animals like those shown in the picture below of MommyBlogExpert's kids' room?
More than 50 years ago, 1 in 50 people had allergies, today 1 in 4 do. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America confirms that allergy prevalence has been increasing since the early 80s.
- Choosing a furnace filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 13-16 for forced air furnaces
- Implementing a “no shoes” policy in your house. Shoes carry allergy triggers such as pesticides and other allergens into your home. Pesticides bond with fibers in synthetic carpets and can’t be vacuumed out
- Buying or making your own non-toxic cleaners for household cleaning
- Cleaning carpeted areas and upholstered furniture thoroughly once a week, ideally with an “S” type HEPA vacuum -- such as those made by Dyson and Miele -- since dust from many vacuums on the market today can remain in the air for up to two hours after vacuuming.
- Avoiding scented dryer sheets and plug-in air fresheners because they contain phthalates, a toxic chemical that is also found in baby teething rings and bath duckies, which are hormone mimickers and can alter one’s hormonal balance.
- Filtering out chlorine not only from drinking water, but also from showering or bathing water because toxins in chlorine can potentially trigger asthma -- you might be surprised to know that 50% percent of all chlorine intake each day is from showering
- Reducing your clutter because the “C-word” gives mold and other allergy triggers great places to land and multiply, and can make cleaning much more difficult and time consuming than necessary
- Adding plants to your environment and avoiding over watering of greenery that is another source of mold growth
- Washing sheets in 140+ degree water and using a mattress cover because bedding or even your favorite couch or stuffed chair can be a huge source of dust mite activity -- and in fact, these parasites actually feed off your dead skin cells and allergic reactions and are from the feces
- Wearing organic clothes and using organic sheets
- Keeping humidity at 35-50% to avoid mold growth
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN
MommyBlogExpert blames those pesky stuffed animals and kids' toys as the possible cause of allergies in her family. What is your family's worst DUST MAGNET? And if by chance you've been successful eradicating household shmutz, what is your secret solution to getting rid of it? We look forward to you sharing your thoughts on this in the comment section below this post.
Professional Eco Specialist "Shaylee" Sharon Oleson of Eco Shaylee LLC, pictured at left, is dedicated to eco-friendly initiatives that help both individuals and the environment. Since 2005, she has worked with chemically- and electrically-sensitive people to improve their health through the home environment by providing environmental inspections and eco-consultations on consumer goods and new construction or remodeling projects.
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