As spring approaches, many of us are planning doing spring cleaning. This is a dread for many with difficult to control asthma and allergies. Cleaning with strong chemical scents and fragrances triggers chest tightness, sob, and nasal congestion; for some it can land them in their doctors office or even lead to an emergency room visit. They have difficult to control asthma and are frustrated by the these easily avoidable triggers. They worry about the impact of these chemicals long term on their nose, lungs and skin. Or they just want to reduced their overall chemical exposure for themselves and their family.
Here are some “home made” cleaning products that you can use to avoid the potent products available in the drugstores. These recipes can be made with simple products like white vinegar, borax, dishwashing soap, and water. You'll need several labeled spray bottles to start. You can purchase these from the dollar store.
These easy to make products will keep your home smelling fresh while eliminating fumes and irritants that might trigger your asthma. Some people like to add a natural scent by using a drop of lavender or jasmine oil to the mix. You can purchase these in a health food store.
If you do have to use strong products, make sure the area is well ventilated, you use the recommended amount, and you take frequent breaks. It's helpful to use a mask as well.
Enjoy and happy cleaning!
Glass and mirrors:
3 tablespoons of white vinegar + ¾ cup of water. Mix in a spray bottle
2-3 drops of dishwasher soap, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Mix with water in spray bottle.
Disinfectant for Toilets:
1/4 baking soda + ½ cup white vinegar + 1 gallon of warm water
1 can of coca cola (yes this does say coca cola- cola has the same acidity as bleach!)
Mold and Mildew:
1 tablespoon baking soda + 2 tablespoons White vinegar + 1 quart of water. Mix in a spray bottle.
1 cup white vinegar + 1 gallon hot water mixed in a bucket