If you or a member of your family have hay fever or asthma, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home. Some steps to reduce indoor allergens are complicated and time consuming, however there are some easy things you can do that may help.
Some steps may be more effective than others, depending on what particular allergy or allergies are involved.
Dust with a moist cloth. Dry dusting just spreads it around.
Bed and bedding. Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week in water heated to at least 54 C. Remove, wash or cover comforters. Replace wool or feathered bedding with synthetic materials.
Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Shampoo the carpet frequently.
Curtains and blinds
Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.
Windows. Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mould and condensation from window frames and sills. Use double glazing if you live in a cold climate.
Choose easy-to-clean chairs, dressers and nightstands made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. Avoid upholstered furniture.
Remove items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books and magazines. Store children’s toys, games and stuffed animals in bins.
Keep animals out of the bedroom.
Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.
Flooring – Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Wash area rugs and floor mats weekly, and shampoo wall-to-wall carpets periodically.
Furniture – Consider replacing upholstered sofas and chairs with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.
Curtains and blinds – Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.
Windows – Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mould and condensation from window frames and sills. Use double glazing windows if you live in a cold climate.
Plants – Find a new home for potted plants or spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mould.
Fireplaces. Avoid use of wood-burning fireplaces or stoves because smoke can worsen respiratory allergies. Most natural gas fireplaces won’t cause this problem.
Stove – Install and use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Most stove-top hoods simply filter cooking particles without venting outside.
Sink – Wash dishes daily. Scrub the sink and faucets to remove mould and food debris.
Refrigerator – Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mould growth. Discard mouldy or out-of-date food. Regularly empty and clean dripping pan and clean or replace mouldy rubber seals around doors.
Cabinets and counters – Clean cabinets and countertops daily. Check under-sink cabinets for plumbing leaks. Store food, including pet food, in sealed containers.
Waste – Place rubbish in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty daily. Keeping the kitchen free of food crumbs will help reduce the chance you will have rodents or cockroaches.
Source: Mayo Clinic Staff
Allergies have emerged as a major public health problem in developed countries during the twentieth century. Australia and New Zealand have among the highest prevalence of allergic disorders in the developed world. An ASCIA-Access Economics Report estimated that in 2007:
4.1 million Australians (19.6% of the population) had at least one allergic disease.
Allergy Fast Facts (Australia & New Zealand)
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) currently affects
•1/10 children aged 6-7 years
•1/6 children aged 13-14 years
Asthma currently affects
Eczema currently affects
•1/6 children aged 6-7 years
•1/10 children aged 13-14 years
Sonett uses natural and organic high quality plant essential oils for their aromatic products, as opposed to synthetic chemical fragrances and Sonett is a great choice rather than conventional products for allergy sufferers anyway. However, for some sensitive souls it’s best to leave out even natural and organic essential oils.
Sonett Neutral Range
Neutral Range is highly recommended when there’s a baby or young children in the home, or anyone with allergies.
Sonett is completely and rapidly 100% biodegradable and uses purely vegetable surfactants plus full declaration of ALL ingredients!
For those with allergies, Sonett Neutral is FREE from:
✔ Colouring and complexing agents
✔ Petrochemical ingredients
✔ Optical Brighteners*
*Optical brighteners – did you know?
Conventional washing powders or laundry liquids use optical brighteners which bind irreversibly to the skin from the laundry. It remains on skin until skin cells slough off! All Sonett Laundry products are FREE from optical brighteners.
Optical brighteners don’t whiten, they just reflect light making your eyes think your whites are brighter. The problem with using optical brightener chemicals is that they’re designed to bind to the clothing and remain. If you were able to rinse them off, they wouldn’t be doing their job. Because they remain on your clothing, your towels and your sheets, they come into regular contact with your skin. This is not ideal for your skin and may cause rashes, irritations, and sensitivities. Since they are not readily biodegradable, they can also be harmful to fish and other animals and plants.
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“Out of clutter comes simplicity.”
– Albert Einstein –
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