A clean home makes for happy lungs.
Keeping a clean home is important for your health, especially if you have a lung condition like asthma or COPD. Reducing allergens and triggers in the home can make breathing easier. Unfortunately, many household cleaning supplies release chemicals and fumes that can trigger breathing complications. This puts people with lung disease in a tough position because a clean house is important for soothing symptoms but the actual act of cleaning can aggravate symptoms!
A cleaning routine that reduces potential irritants by using simple cleaning materials paves the way for easy breathing. Follow these tips for a clean home that won’t aggravate lung conditions.
Avoid harsh chemicals. Many cleaning supplies release dangerous chemicals. Detergent, rug cleaners, furniture polish, aerosol spray products, and air fresheners all contain potentially toxic substances that may affect people with a respiratory illness. Scented products can also aggravate breathing, so opt for non-perfumed supplies. Warm water and soap often will be sufficient for cleaning purposes. Baking soda is good for scrubbing and a mix of vinegar and water can clean glass.
Avoid sprays. Use solid or liquid cleaning products. Sprays get into the air and down into your airways easily.
Ventilate. Always open a window to bring in fresh air when using cleaning products.
Kill dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic creatures that feed on dead human cells. They work their way into furniture, carpets, and bedding, and are a common trigger for breathing conditions. Wash your sheets and bedding weekly in hot water to kill dust mites. Cold water doesn’t kill dust mites. Use dust mite-proof coverings on mattresses and pillowcases as well. Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting if possible, especially in the bedroom, and wash rugs in hot water whenever possible.
Use a HEPA air filter. Air filters can remove a large percentage of airborne particles from the air. Filtration systems help eliminate common contaminants like dust, allergens, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mildew from the air.
Dust weekly. Use a damp cloth to dust surfaces. Consider wearing a dust mask that fits over your nose and mouth when dusting or vacuuming.
Consider hiring someone to clean your house with non-toxic, simple cleaners if cleaning triggers your symptoms too much. A serious lung disease such as COPD can make everyday tasks challenging, and any step that lightens the burden should be taken.
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