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Spring is the time to clean everything out – in preparation for an active summer, the new year and new resolutions.

Cleaning your home properly to keep dust at bay is important.

Many people have allergies to “dust mites” – it is in fact the faeces of the dust mites that cause problems.

Dust is often a major trigger for asthmatics – usually for this reason.

Dust is also laden with other contaminants, depending on where you live. It often contains car exhaust, tyre dust, hair, skin cells, dirt… Dust and dander carry with them anything and everything that is light.

What to do??

  1. Invest in microfibre cloths – these are fabulous as they usually just need the assistance of water to do a great job.
  2. Wet dust – use a wet dusting cloth (ideally microfibre) to clean off dust. Dry dusting just stirs it up so it resettles somewhere else.
  3. If you have carpets, you will need to vacuum them regularly. If this is the case, ensure that your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter. HEPA filters filter out about 99.9% of particulate matter, unlike other vacuum cleaners that allow the dust and particulate matter to pass through them – which means you are basically stirring up the dust and allowing it to resettle on furniture and back in the carpet. Very important stuff!
  4. Avoid using mainstream cleaning products – they are laden with chemicals and fragrances… stick to microfibre cloths, sodium bicarbonate and vinegar.
  5. Getting rid of mould – this is a complex one, but I will touch on it briefly here…
    1. address and remedy the source (eg a leak),
    2. clean with a vinegar solution and allow it to dry in the sun, if possible.
  6. Regularly wash bedding, toys and other “soft furnishings” – ideally dry everything in the sunshine.
  7. Have plants around your home – they are fantastic at cleaning the air. Wolverton, an ex-NASA scientist has documented the effects of many house plants. You can read more about this in his book Eco Friendly House Plants.
  8. Open up your windows, exchange the air! This is the best air freshener around! At all costs, avoid using “air fresheners” and scented reeds as these add to the pollution and inhibit your ability to smell.
  9. If you have rugs take them outside and beat them and leave them to air in the sunshine.
  10. Declutter – get rid of anything that you haven’t used in the past 3 years.

This is a great time of year, and by really getting into the spirit of it, it can be like an emotional and spiritual cleanse, too!

Happy spring-cleaning!


Article submitted by Lucinda Curran – – Eco Health Solutions

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