How To Allergy Proof Your Home

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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.

Dusting

Dust with a moist cloth. Dry dusting just spreads it around.

Bedroom

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.

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. 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.

Furnishings

Choose easy-to-clean chairs, dressers and nightstands made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. Avoid upholstered furniture.

Clutter

Remove items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books and magazines. Store children’s toys, games and stuffed animals in bins.

Pets

Keep animals out of the bedroom.

Air filtration

Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.

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Living room

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.

Kitchen

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

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Allergies
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
•2/5 adults
Asthma currently affects
•1/5 children
•1/10 adults
Eczema currently affects
•1/6 children aged 6-7 years
•1/10 children aged 13-14 years
•1/14 adults

Source

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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:
✔ Fragrance
✔ Preservatives
✔ Colouring and complexing agents
✔ Petrochemical ingredients
✔ Enzymes
✔ GMO
✔ Optical Brighteners*

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*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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Detox your home from unnecessary chemicals with 3 of our aromatic cleaning favourites

All-Purpose Cleanser
500ml RRP $7.50
An everywhere cleaner from kitchen to cars

Orange Power Cleaner
500ml RRP $8.90
Super effective and eco-nomical, yet gentle on hands

Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner
500ml RRP $8.80
Manages to clean and put good vibe aromatics through the home. This is the one you need when you have guests arriving at any moment!

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“Out of clutter comes simplicity.”
– Albert Einstein –

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Conscious Cleaning

Sheets to snuggle up in with Liquid Laundry Lavender, free from optical brighteners which remain on your skin

In today’s hectic world, washing and cleaning is an activity to be performed as quickly as possible – a nuisance and a chore. In spite of this, cleanliness still possesses a deeper meaning.

Why do we feel the need to wear clean clothing?

Why do we feel so incredibly good snuggled up in a freshly made bed?

Why do we organise and clean our house before visitors or having a celebration?

Order and cleanliness have something liberating and satisfying about them which is a reflection of the soul. We can also find an element of Mindfulness within our cleaning, by simply being present with the task at hand and to quiet our mind’s chatter.

The fact that the substances we use to wash and clean should also possess this sense of cleanliness is only logical.

Petrochemical or ‘unclean’ substances can only give an impression of cleanness.

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1) All SONETT products are FREE from:

  • petrochemical raw materials
  • petrochemical or petrochemical-based tensides
  • synthetic fragrances
  • synthetic colourings
  • synthetic preservatives
  • genetically engineered raw materials
  • enzymes*
  • allergenic ingredients
  • phosphates
  • optical brighteners
  • animal fats or other animal-based raw materials, apart from the cow gall (partially from Demeter bio-farms) used in gall soap

*The problem with enzymes is residue will remain on fabric and be transferred to skin. When you perspire this may set up a reaction with enzyme residue and cause skin irritations.

2.  SONETT uses only vegetable and mineral raw materials (apart from the cow gall used in gall soap):

  • only vegetable tensides (washing-active substances)
  • pure, natural essential oils
  • vegetable alcohol
  • citric acid (food quality)
  • soda, silicates, aluminates, pumice and lime powder

3.  SONETT uses the modular system for the most economical and ecological laundry cleaning:

  • basic detergent made of pure vegetable soap with coconut fatty alcohol sulphate and sugar tenside
  • pure oxygen bleach
  • zeolith instead of phosphate

4.  SONETT incorporates many raw materials grown using bio-dynamic or organic methods:

  • fats and oils: olive oil, palm oil*, rape seed oil, coconut oil
  • essential oils: lavender kbA, lemon grass kbA+ wild collection
  • spagyric salts

*All palm and coconut oil for our solid and liquid soaps derive from organic farming, therefore destruction of rain forest is strictly forbidden.  Our supplier is a member of the RSPO**

5.  All SONETT products are 100% biologically and rapidly degradable

6.  All SONETT products are particularly kind to the skin

7.  SONETT uses only recyclable packaging made of paper, cardboard, PE

8.  All ingredients are disclosed fully (particularly important for allergy sufferers)

9.  SONETT uses detergent additives rhythmitised in an oloid mixer To the best of our knowledge, SONETT is the only company using rhythmisation and life supportive technology in the field of ecological washing and cleaning agents.

**Why RSPO Certification?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil. Members and participants in its activities come from many different backgrounds and include environmental NGOs, banks and investors, growers, processors, manufacturers and retailers of palm oil products and social NGOs. They come from many countries that produce or use palm oil. The principal objective of the RSPO is “to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders.”

The RSPO Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production (RSPO P & C) are the global guidelines for producing palm oil sustainably. They have been described as the world’s toughest standards for sustainable agriculture production and have been variously adapted for other crops. No public claims relating to sustainable palm oil production, to the RSPO P & C, can be made without RSPO approved third party inspection.

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Do anti-bacterial hand washes really stack up?

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Many conventional hand washes today contain triclosan (an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agent), as do many household and personal care products. Triclosan is the most prevalent contaminant not removed by typical wastewater treatment plants.

US reports on FDA anti-bacterial decision receives Australian media coverage…

The Age http://bit.ly/JzeQcw
Sydney Morning Herald http://bit.ly/1bZmO9C

Following source: NICNAS, Australia.
’Widespread use of triclosan provides a number of ways for the chemical to enter the environment. In addition, tests showed triclosan to be toxic to aquatic species including algae. The chemical properties of triclosan indicated that it may be bio-accumulative and persistent in the environment.’

NICNAS link

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