Saturday, May 1, 2021

Healthy Habits: Lung-Safe Cleaning Tips for a Healthy Home

When it comes to cleaning, everyone has a different go-to method. From dusting "top down" to spring cleaning once a year, there's no "right" way to clean — it all boils down to what works best for you to create a clean, healthy, stress-free environment in your home.

However, for those with lung or respiratory conditions like asthma, cleaning can be even more of a chore than it usually is. Harsh chemicals that many household cleaners are created with can trigger or exacerbate symptoms of asthma or COPD, which can in turn make cleaning harmful or potentially even dangerous — the opposite of what you want in a happy home

Luckily, there are a number of solutions to ensure you can clean to your heart's content without causing an asthma flare-up or making an existing condition even worse. You should start by identifying toxins that come in many store-bought cleaners, such as:

  • Aerosol sprays

  • Air fresheners

  • Ammonia 

  • Bleach 

  • Oven cleaners 

  • Rug cleaners 

Many of these cleaners are made with potentially dangerous cleaners, which is why those with lung conditions should often steer clear of store-bought cleaning agents altogether. You can then make cleaners that are better for you (and for the environment) using ingredients you likely already have on hand, like white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. 

To learn more about creating lung-safe household products along with how to create a clean, healthy home, check out the below visual created by

Guide to Lung-Safe Household Products Infographic

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