How to main­tain healthy in­door air

Element - - Natural Parenting -

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.

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