Chemical free cleaning products
More and more people are becoming sensitive to chemicals found in cleaning products. People suffering from asthma may find that some of these products will cause their asthma to flare up. Although many people think that you need chemicals in order to be able to clean effectively this is not true. Over recent years many natural alternatives have been found to do just as good a job.
In a 2007 study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine where 3,500 people from 10 European countries were recruited, the results showed that one in seven cases of adult asthma, could be caused by household cleaning sprays.
The study also reported that even occasional use of sprays resulted in a 6% increase in asthma. This risk increased with usage and people who used them every other day or so increased their risk by a further 50 per cent. The worst offenders were:
- cleaning sprays
- air fresheners
- furniture cleaners
- glass cleaners
There are now many alternative cleaning products to the chemical based ones and these are often as good, if not better, in the results you can achieve.
Baking soda can be used for deodorising, cleaning, polishing and removing stains.
Eco-friendly cleaning products
There are now many eco-friendly cleaning products available ranging from all purpose sprays to dishwashing liquids to window and glass cleaners. You should, however, still take care if using these since some ‘eco-friendly’ products may contain plant based chemicals that could aggravate asthma.
Microfibre cleaning cloths
There are now a range of microfibre technology products and cloths available where the fibres in specially manufactured textiles replace the chemicals. Using only water, the fibres are able to reach into the microscopic pores of any surface and lift and hold onto the dirt and bacteria.
Steam cleaners that are powerful are proven to kill 100% of all dust mites and their allergens. Steam cleaners use steam and suction and are highly beneficial for chemical free cleaning.
HEPA Vacuum Cleaners
Due to the filter in HEPA vacuum cleaners, large amounts of very small particles are trapped and therefore not allowed to recirculate back into the air of your home. Reducing or eliminating these particles will provide cleaner air in the house.
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Last revised: 6 December 2012
Next review: 13 December 2014