Saturday, January 8, 2011

major contributors to allergies around your home or office

If you look closely around an average home or office you will find several allergens that can cause you or your children to react to. Major causes of allergies can be:

• animal dander- pets of any kind can cause allergies. Cats and dogs are the most common. If you have a pet, vaccuum and dust regularly. Groom your pet regularly and periodically, but never groom your pet inside your home or office.

• mold and mildew- any time you have moisture buildup indoors, you are likely to get mold or mildew. Not only in your bathroom, but in dark closets, under your bed, or under your house. Inside near windows, or inside your walls. Look around closely if you suddenly experience respetory issues that occur when you are inside. Never clean mold without adequate protection and wipe it clean without spreading it around. Do not spray cleaning solution onto the area, but spray the rag and then wipe. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask. Make sure your room has adequate ventilation to prevent further mositure buildup.

• dust- number one cause of allergies is dust. Use a duster or dust mop that attracts dust instead of pushing it around and into the air. Make sure your furniture is high enough to reach under for cleaning. Clean often. Declutter, declutter, and declutter. Get rid of small non-functioning niknak dust collectors and piles of paper and magazines.

• VOCs- Furniture, fabric, paint and stains offgas VOCs that can cause headaches. Choose zero-VOC paint and stains. Ventilate the room for a few hours before occupying a freshly panted room.

• Chemicals and cleaning products- Any chemically formulated cleaning product can cause alelrgies or health problems. Use natural simple products. Home made solution of vinegar and baking soda is a good general purpose cleaner.

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