3. Keep your home clean
It’s vital to regularly clean your indoor environment to reduce the build-up of potential respiratory irritants from dust, pet hair and other particles, like pollen. Try to vacuum as frequently as possible and don’t forget out of sight areas, such as underneath the bed and the sofa.
It’s important to invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner, as studies have shown that some types can actually increase the level of harmful particles, particularly bagged vacuum cleaners. Opt for a wet vacuum or a washable filter bag model, as researchers found these dispensed lower levels of dust emissions – or even better, purchase one with a HEPA filter, as these were found to be the safest of all.
Wash your bed sheets at least once a week, at around 60 degrees, to reduce dust mites and bacteria and you’ll lower the risk of developing infections, allergies, breathing problems and conditions like asthma.
Don’t forget good old fashioned dusting either – as items like cushions and rugs gather a lot of dust, which can end up irritating your airways. To release the dust build up, take cushions, mats and blankets that you don’t wash regularly outside into the garden and give them a good beating, so you can breathe cleaner. Try to keep your surfaces as free from mess as you can, so you can regularly give them a wipe down to make sure things stay hygienic. Use non-toxic, green certified products or improvise with ingredients from your cupboards – vinegar and water is great for cleaning glass and for countertops that sparkle, make a paste of baking soda and lemon.