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How to Create an Allergy-Free Home

If you or your children suffer from indoor allergies then you are probably already aware of the many allergens to avoid such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, so on and so forth. What you might not be aware of is that many of the household products you might be using to rid the room of these particles can have chemicals and allergens that can cause harm. Children and some adults can be susceptible to allergies. Asthma is on the rise and allergens can have an effect on many different skin disorders ranging from mild to severe. In most cases, prevention is extremely important in keeping allergy attacks at bay. Prevention starts with your cleaning products. The good news is there are a lot more non-toxic and allergen-free alternatives available to use as cleaning materials and products. Here’s what to spot for when looking for allergen-safe products to use for washing clothes, bedding, and cleaning furniture.
 

Your choice of laundry detergent for washing clothes and bedding can have a major impact on you or your child’s allergy levels and skin sensitivity. Products that are hypoallergenic is a safe choice as a health-conscious and environmentally-friendly option. Look for the “free and clear” label on any cleaning products, which is referring to being free of preservatives, artificial dyes and any sort of fragrance, natural or artificial. In some cases, it can also mean free of fabric softeners and optical brighteners as well. Using hypoallergenic cleaning products can help alleviate skin disorders such as allergic rashes and eczema. Luckily many of the major laundry detergent brands offer “Free and Clear” versions.

As with laundry detergent, there are options for allergen-free furniture cleaning products as well. Many household furniture polishes used for cleaning contain harsh waxes and chemicals that can be reactive to your child’s allergies. Additionally, if you have carpet in your home it is advised to vacuum once or twice a week using a HEPA filter to combat dust mites and other tiny allergy causing bugs. For protection wear a mask over your mouth and nose when cleaning and dusting.