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Sometimes cleaning can be a problem for those suffering from allergies.  All triggers, such as dust mites, pet allergens, and mold spores, must be kept under control, but how do you minimize them without making allergy symptoms worse?

According to a study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, about 62 percent of patients reported having allergy symptoms caused by indoor allergens. 

There are certain things you can do to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals and still end up with a healthy green clean home.

What cleaning products worsen allergy symptoms?

Avoid products that have strong odors, such as ammonia, and also products that produce particulates, including air fresheners.  Aerosol spray cleaners are other items to avoid.  Not only can they trigger allergy symptoms, but a recent study also found that weekly use of cleaning sprays was linked with increases in asthma, asthma medication use, and wheezing. More frequent use of these cleaners was also associated with greater risk.

What cleaning products should allergy sufferers use?

Use products that have minimal odors.  Use dust cloths (microfiber cloths) and mops that pick up and retain the dust instead of those that push it back into the air.  Vacuums with HEPA filters are good choices  for removing allergens. 

Bedding, curtains, and kids’ stuffed animals should be washed regularly with hot water to keep allergen accumulation low.

What about natural green cleaning products?

Look for products that have the Green Seal of Approval.  These products are approved by Green Seal, an organization that tests products to make sure they work and are also good for the environment. 

Making your own green cleaning products is another healthy and cheaper option.  Make your own glass cleaner by mixing a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice with a quart of water.  Make your own furniture polish by combining a teaspoon of lemon juice with a pint of mineral or vegetable oil.  Deodorize carpets by sprinkling baking soda on them, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum.  Cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mint, or white peppercorns are great air fresheners for your home.

Maid Brigade Cleaning Service would like to know how you keep allergen accumulation low in your home.  Share your ideas and tips with us on how to spring clean this allergy season!

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