Natural Cleaning to Minimise ALLERGENS in the Home
 
 
If you have Eczema, Allergies or Hayfever your immune system is compromised, so chances are you could also be sensitive to things like dust mites and dust. 
 
Another common allergen around the home is cleaning chemicals. Most of us have at least a few cleaning chemicals which we use on a daily basis, like Spray'n Wipe, Floor Cleaner & Laundry Powder. These chemicals, although they seem quite mild, can cause an eczema flare up, especially on young delicate skin.
 
So how can you prevent these allergens from affecting eczema / allergy / hayfever sufferers in your home ? .........
 
 
  • Vacuum your floors / carpet as often as you can, but at least twice a week. Try to have your carpet, lounges and mattresses dry cleaned every 12 months.
 
  • Keep the humidity inside of your home between 30 and 50% to prevent Dust Mites. They thrive in humid conditions, and they can be your worst enemy if you suffer from allergies or skin conditions. Many people are actually allergic to dust mites, and can get very itchy or irritated if dust mites are present in the home. The typical places you would find dust mites is in your carpet, rugs or bed so be sure to vacuum and clean those areas.
     
    If you suspect Dust Mites may be present in your bedlinen or in your mattress; wash your sheets with a rinse such as 'Bosistos Dust Mite Wash' or for a natural treatment add 1/2 cup of either vinegar or eucalyptus to the wash. These methods will help to kill the mites and any germs.
     
    While your sheets are in the washing machine you can vacuum your mattress or have it professionally cleaned to kill the mites there also. This may sound like a daunting task but the results will be well worth the effort for a good nights rest!
    On that note; any doonas, blankets or pillows you're not using at the time can be stored in vacuum sealed bags to keep them clean and free from mould. Then when you do need to get them out (with the changing of the seasons, or if you have extra guests) they will be ready to use straight away!

 

  • Wipe down shelves, tables, fans, vents, etc inside of your home where dust or pollen could collect. We say 'wipe' because if you dust them with a feather duster you will potentially just spread the dust elsewhere around the house. Whereas if you wipe it you are collecting All of the dust or pollen in one task.

 

  • If you suffer from Hayfever you should try to keep your doors and windows closed whenever possible to keep pollens / allergens out.

    Pollen counts usually peak in the mornings, so if you like to garden or go for a walk afternoons are the best time to go outside. You may also like to invest in an Air Purifier for your home, to keep the air as clean as possible. And don't forget, pollens can collect in your hair and on your clothes, so it might be a good idea to wash off after being outside for an extended period of time.

 

  • Wash your Clothes using Natural Laundry Cleaners like our 'laundry wash balls'. They are extremely gentle on the skin, they wash your clothes very well, and they have a lovely natural fragrance that most people enjoy. They are the most cost effective laundry cleaner, at up to 1000 washes, and you can still use your eucalyptus or vinegar as fabric softener to remove any extra germs or dust mites. Please read more about the Laundry Wash Balls under their listing in our store.

 

  • Convert all Skincare products in Your Bathroom to natural, and toxic-free. That includes soaps, hand wash, shampoo, moisturisers and make-up. Any of these products can contain a host of chemicals, like sulphates, parabens, mineral oils, and alcohol which can cause eczema on young skin , and even hand dermatitis on adults. With so many beautiful natural skincare products available now, it's easier than you think to convert your bathroom to a toxic-free zone. Here are some of our favourites, please browse though our store for more - http://www.organiceczemashop.com.au/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=35

 

 

 

Some of our favourite Natural Cleaning Methods......

 


BI-CARB SODA

Bi-Carb is a natural food grade product and doesn't contain any aluminium, nor are aluminium-based additives used in the processing of it. An age old multi-use product which can be used for so many tasks around your home. Use Bi-Carb Soda for the following . . .

 

Clean the Bath Tub: This is particularly important for babies or kids suffering from Eczema. Don't use nasty cleaning products in your bathroom, as it could potentially just flare their Eczema up even more. Instead, just sprinkle some Bi-Carb onto a damp sponge, scrub the tub gently, then rinse thoroughly.

Clean everything in your Kitchen: You can use Bi-Carb Soda for almost every area of your kitchen, from cleaning the benchtops (depending on what type of surface they are), to cleaning the stovetop, oven, pots & pans, etc. Place a small bowl of water mixed with 2 tbsp of bi-carb soda into the microwave to clean it and get rid of those lurking food smells.

Wash down your walls: you can clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean microfibre cloth.

 

Clean Cloth Nappies or Baby Burp Cloths: Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in your laundry tub and soak nappies or cloths thoroughly.

Remove unwanted smells from the Fridge: place an opened box of Bi-carb Soda in the back of your fridge to naturally deodorise it. This is an age old odour removing favourite

Clean & remove odours from Drains: Pour some bi-carb soda down the drains of your sink, in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry. After a few minutes follow with some cleaning Vinegar straight down the drain and watch the odours and old bit of food bubble away. Follow with hot water to flush your drains completely.  

Clean & deodorise the Dishwasher: when your dishwasher is empty, run a cycle with bi-carb soda to clean and deodorise it. Watch it naturally sparkle afterwards, and smell fresh and clean!

 

 

 

VINEGAR

Incredibly affordable and environmentally safe, Vinegar is an ideal product for all sorts of cleaning jobs around your home. Pick some up from the supermarket for a couple of dollars and try these all natural cleaning methods . . .

 

General Cleaner and Disinfectant: From benchtops to windows to bathtubs, many household surfaces can be cleaned with vinegar. You can clean and disinfect just about anything with vinegar and water. Use vinegar full-strength for tough cleaning jobs and to remove lime or hard water stains, or mix the vinegar with warm water for a milder green cleaner.

Fabric Softener: Use vinegar in the rinse cycle to remove any excess detergent residues, and to soften clothes. This is perfect for families where one member has sensitive skin, or allergies to dyes or perfumes.You only need to use 1 or 2 tablespoons in a large load, and when the clothes are dry there is no vinegar scent.

Odour Remover: Is a strong scent lingering in your home? Vinegar is a natural odour remover. Some people boil vinegar in a pan to remove household odours, while others simply set out a small bowl of vinegar. Within a few days your room will smell fresh and clean.

Stain Remover: Whether you're cleaning carpets or cloth diapers, vinegar is a powerful stain remover. Put a good amount of baking soda onto the stain, then spray/sprinkle some white vinegar over the baking soda. It will go really bubbly and smell very strongly of vinegar. Wash clothes as normal then voila!

Blemish Treatment: Some moms claim vinegar is also a simple remedy for curing pimples. To banish blemishes fast combine 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons vinegar in a bowl and dab on pimples using a cotton ball. Let sit 30 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Drain Cleaner: To keep sink drains clean and odour free, I periodically pour baking soda into the drain, then white distilled vinegar. The foaming action works wonders to clean the pipes and remove odours.

Pots and Pans Cleaner: Why spend 20 minutes scouring off burnt food when vinegar and baking soda can do the work for you? Sprinkle baking soda into the bottom of the pan, then put the pan onto the stove at a medium heat. After 1 minute or so pour some vinegar into the pan. This will lift any baked-on food right off.

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL OILS

Extracted from plants, some essential oils can kill bacteria and mold. They’re very strong, so don’t go overboard: One drop of peppermint oil is as potent as 30 cups of peppermint tea. Use essential oils to clean the following . . .

 

Mould on windows, walls or in the bathroom: Clove Oil kills mould and prevents it from returning too! Mix a few drops of Clove Oil into a bucket of warm water. Using a soft sponge wipe the area where mould is lurking, and then go over it again. You may need to repeat this process again in a few days time, but after that the mould should stay away.

Combs and brushes: Fill a container with 1½ cups water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops tea-tree, lavender, or eucalyptus oil. Soak combs and brushes for 20 minutes. Rinse and air-dry.
 
Scuffed floors: Apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to the spots. Wipe excess oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.
 
Chewing Gum or Sticky items: Orange oil is great at removing this sticky offender from various materials. (Don’t worry: It shouldn’t stain fabrics. But do launder immediately.) Apply with a cotton ball.
 
Shower doors: Wipe scum-covered glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.

Toilets: Add 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water to a spray bottle. Shake, then spritz along the toilet’s inside rim. Let sit for 30 minutes; scrub. You can also place a few drops of your favorite oil on the inside of the toilet-paper tube. “Every time the paper is used, the scent will be released,” says Siegel-Maier.

Windows: Mix 2 ounces water and 5 drops lavender or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. Bonus: These oils may repel flies.


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