How to maintain healthy indoor air
Ensure your house is warm and properly insulated. Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness. Invest in bedding – Asthma NZ recommends the Eco-bed mattress protector range from Briscoes or the anti-allergic MiteGuard mattress, pillow and duvet covers range. A good option is a latex mattress, which naturally resists dust mites. Avoid sheepskin rugs on beds as they can harbour dust mites. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner and vacuum often – carpets as well as mattresses, pillows, curtains and rugs. Minimise exposure to house dust mites in bedding, soft toys and carpets by regularly airing the house by opening windows and freezing soft toys for 72 hours every three weeks. ‘Damp’ dust your home with a wet cloth to properly get rid of dust particles. Recognise your ‘triggers’ (whatever sets off your asthma) and minimise your exposure to them; these can include pets, types of food and drink, stress, or even perfumes.
Don’t smoke inside. Avoid scented products. Wash clothes with unscented laundry detergent, or fabric softeners. Use unscented or non-aerosol versions of household cleaning products and avoid scented candles or room fresheners. Use VOC (volatile organic compounds) free paints and varnishes.