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I have been using baking soda for abrasiveness, vinegar for any other for almost fifty years, Club soda is god, you can even add your spice cabinet to downplay the natural stuff,, I put a few drops of rum extract or cherry or whatever I feel like sniffing that day.
As far as a cleaning implement, I have been using Dobie for scrubbing, thus eliminating cleanser, bleach,etc,, Dobie is made I think by SOS,, but they come in a two pack or single, very cheap,, like a dollar apiece..
My daughter and I are highly sensitive to the commercial cleaners,, I have also bought Mrs. Meyers for her,, she seems to do well with them, but I cannot afford to buy them, so I duplicated them.


As far as the vacuum, I bought the Bissell pet fur upright with attachments, but now that our dog died, I do not need that, but when I empty the "tunnel tech" canister, I put a wet paper towel over the top.

I use the homemade laundry soap recipe from here on Sparks for laundry, baking soda for cleaning boost.. tore out all carpeting except hal and living room, bought leather furniture, removed those nasty mini blinds, bought wood ones for my bedroom, that clean easily with that lemon oil, bought a furnace with 92% efficiency that has the highest 5 of filtering microns in the huge accordion filter,, added a humidifier to the furnace too.. what a difference,,
No itchy skin or dry coughing,,,
I use old fashioned lemon oil on wood, formica, acrylic,metal..



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12/6/12 12:44 A

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If by green cleaners, you mean microfiber cloths, there's no truth to it at all, if you mean "green" sprays and such, there's some truth to it. See my video in my general reply post.

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12/6/12 12:37 A

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Hi all,
Have to weigh in with a solution that I found. After I used "normal" bathroom sprays (using a mask) I'd have to run the water hot for a while (not good in drought stricken Australia) to try to get rid of as much of the product that they leave behind as possible, but I'd still have trouble breathing and come out of the shower a red, inflamed lobster because of all the residue steaming off the walls and onto my and my lungs!

My asthma, and all my allergies improved no end when I started using Enjo - my house is also cleaner than any other way of cleaning. Don't worry, I'm not an enjo consultant, I just think when you can help people's health and the earth at the same time, then you kind of have a duty to spread the word. Supermarket microfibers are not quite as good as the real thing but still do a much better job than chemical cleaners, or vinegar and water.

Here is a great video made by enjo Australia that shows exactly how much bacteria is left behind when you use 4 products - a normal chemical spray and cloth, vinegar and water, supermarket microfibers, and actual enjo - you'll see the chemical spray is the worst!

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The trick is two fold
1) microfibers and enjo actually clean the surface right down, whereas the chemical sprays have things like silicon in them to make a surface feel shiny, but they stay on the surface.
2) Whatever you use, always dry the cleaned surface, manually, because moisture is what bacteria thrive on - the supermarket chemical cleaners leave so much residue that even when it feels clean and dry, it's not.

If you can afford enjo I highly recommend it (if you add up how much you spend on chemical cleaners over 3 or so years, you'll find it's worth it.I have only had to replace my enjo cloths once in 8 years.)

Oh and if you have sensitive skin, the enjo face and body range is amazing - it's particularly great for travelling, since it's such a nuisance to get your potions and ointments on board planes, anymore!

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white vinegar mixed with water is a great disenfectant.

also wipe down surfaces or pets with distilled water on a rag. I have no idea why it works but i read it in asthma and alergy magazine to cut down on dander and dust.

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Dust is a major trigger for me, but not much I can do when I live in a house that is 135 years old. I use a nasal spray and claritin at the first sign of irritation to try and nip it before it triggers.

I can't use traditional cleaners like Scrubbing bubbles, so we have noname green cleaners. We're still concerned about the cleanliness. I've heard that a lot of green cleaners just make it look clean, but don't actually kil bacteria. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?

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Albuterol will make you shaky as hell (regarding the nebulizer) but it will go away in a few minutes.

My boyfriend cleaned my standing fan the other day (it was FILLED with dust and cat hair) I could feel that phlegmy cough building but after it being cleaned my room is a lot less stuffy (My bedroom is on a second floor. Damn heat rising.)

The only issue I have with my asthma when cleaning is going up and down stairs. Especially with laundry since the laundry room is in the basement.

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My husband does a lot of the cleaning.
I do daily spot cleaning. I use vinegar,lemon juice and bleach(sometimes). I try to stay away from strong smelling toxic chemicals

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7/30/11 12:14 A

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I find that anything with amonia in it sets my asthma off, so I have banned it from the house. My cleaning product list looks a lot like WKDPIXI73's below. I really like Mrs. Meyers and Method cleaning products, and Dr. Bonner's Liquid Castile Soap. You can also clean an amazing amount of things with club soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and/or vodka (yes, vodka!)

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My asthma got exponentially bad when we moved to Georgia, but we are military so theres not much choice there. They allergy tested me last november, but according to the tests Im not allergic to anything except cat. I still believe it is skewed b/c I was on 80mg of Pred b/c I couldnt last the week I had to stop my antihistamines and had 3 breathing treatments in the ER.
Yesterday I pruned some of our shrubbery outside and as soon as I cut the juniper bushes I started with watering eyes, runny nose etc.
For cleaning up after my cats, I use Natures Miracle. I dont think theres a scent...at least Ive never noticed it.
We found Filtrete filters at Lowes that are rated for 1900 ppm filtration..and those helped improve things.
I also cut back my hours at Burger King to just weekends b/c my school got longer, and a major improvement seemed to correlate with that timing.

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1/22/11 9:31 A

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GAEA3070, your mention of a hairless dog reminded me of an article i read somewhere that chihuahuas actually help people with asthma. it's something to do with their dander.
i had a chihuahua for 11 years and we live in Buffalo. as long as they have a dog sweater or coat and dont go out too long in the freezing cold, they are fine.
the only problem was that after i moved out of my childhood home, every time i went back to visit, i would get a small rash when i picked her up. i think i was allergic the whole time but living with her made me immune. when i moved out the allergy came back. obviously that won't happen to everyone, and if you're anything like me you'll become immune too if it's your dog.


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yes! totally. i can't vacuum, clean the litter box, or dust shelves. and i can't give the cats a bath.
i cant even be in the house if my husband is doing any of those things. last time he vacuumed i was in completely different room and i had an asthama attack and ended up in the ER with no health insurance.

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After having a year of terrible attacks I saw an allergy specialist. He tells me that because my reaction seems to be to chemicals only, like cleaners, fragrances and paint, that I do not have allergies and he can't help me. My allergy tests were all negative, which makes sense, I suppose, since I feel better outdoors than in. Allergists can't test for chemicals, I'm told. Thank you for the lists of recommended cleaners. I must experiment with things at home. At work and out in public I struggle, though.

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I like to use a Roomba to vacuum. If I use the regular vacuum cleaner, I only do one or two rooms at a time. This thread reminds me I need to replace the hepa filter on my vacuum.

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For a while ... my asthma was really getting bad. I had a doctor tell me that I was just one of those who's asthma gets worse as they get older. I cannot use ammonia cleaner, or anything with ammonia in it! I also cannot dust! I have a bagless vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter, and also have a hepa filter in my a/c unit in our home. Since moving to our new home, where the floors are mostly tile... things are much better. I have my son and husband do all the things that I cannot.



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I have asthma pretty bad too. The two things, besides exercise inducement, that causes me to have an attack are old house dust and smoke of any kind..tobacco or wood smoke. So I exercise and use the inhaler and I clean every day so that I don't have old house dust and I avoid smokers like the plague and if the area has smoke in it, I don't walk in that area. South Louisiana has a lot of marshes and sugar cane fiels that are always being burned for new growth. We live 65 miles from there and I still am able to smell it when no one else can. So do my lungs.

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unfortunatly my allergies are so bad that if i find a product that helps with my asthma it somehow affects some other part of my life, but i found that the mrs. myers cleaners don't hurt me to bad in to many ways. good luck ya'll

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For me, it was a combination of things that gave me the most significant improvement. First and foremost: getting rid of chemical cleaners and chlorine bleach. That, coupled with paring down the cleaning product arsenal to a few, basic products in general did wonders.

My entire household cleaning product list (including all laundry products) now reads like this:

Bon Ami
Charlie's Soap All-Purpose Cleaner (1001 uses!!!)
Method Glass/Window Cleaner
Method Wood polish
Febreze (though 100-proof vodka works just as well)
Charlie's Soap Laundry Soap (LOVE this company!!)
3% Hydrogen Peroxide (instead of chlorine bleach)
White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Microfiber cloths (dusting, etc.)

And, actually, the two Method products and Febreze are pretty much optional/occasional products in my house. I listed them mostly because for those categories of cleaning products, they are the ones that I tolerate the best.

The other two changes that made the most difference were buying a Dyson vacuum cleaner and getting rid of as much carpeting as possible. I know, it sounds counter-intuitive to buy such a pricey vacuum only to then get rid of the carpeting. But, if you don't have the option to remove the carpeting in your home, the Dyson truly is a life-saver (and mine still works great for the small amount of carpeting I do have)... especially if you have pets, like I do.

Anyways... I hope you've been able to find products and/or a routine that is working for you!




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Vinegar is great stuff. There are so many things you can do with it: protecting hard cheese from mold, cleaning mirrors, removing mineral build-up on shower heads and faucets. It is good for clearing clogs in plumbing, too. Pour Vinegar down the clogged drain, then baking soda (cover the drain so the clog goes the other way (learned that the hardway))
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i also bought Mrs. Meyers cleaners,, they are great, we both have severe asthma, so it does not trigger anything...

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Chemicals do a number on me also. If I need to use something strong my boyfriend usually does it for me. I try to always have good ventilation when cleaning.

My nebulizer also leaves me shaky, so I sit for awhile after until I feel better.

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Lysol isn't allowed in my home at all and I don't buy a lot of stuff. I use ERA for laundry soap, Downy's white bottle, and most importantly on my tile floors I use a strong solution of Vinegar and water. And wow!, the floors shine. I'm also using the vinegar and water for windows and practically everything else. I can use Clorox but only if it is dilluted down a lot. Just remember, that before companies came out with all the chemical cleaners, we cleaned with hydrogen peroxide, vinegar (disinfectant), baking soda.
I feel like someone out there needs to know about something that could get rid of odors in the air that they can handle. The company is Spartan and the product is called Airlift. I bought it at a store that sells products to those who have cleaning businesses. I was told by a representative that it is used a lot by our fire department. So it's got to be good if their using it on the job. Two sprays in a smelly or smoky room does a good job. It is not overly scented, but they do have different scents available.

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But what about the fumes that come from the carpet cleaner? I have one of the small steam cleaners and when I use it, there is a mist that comes up from it. I use a industial type of cleaner in it and sometimes a cleaner used for pet stains.

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A steam cleaner will get stains out pretty well, and you can get small ones pretty cheaply these days. They're also very easy to use and because you can take it slowly it needn't be too difficult on the lungs either.



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Unfortunately, I live in an apartment and can only do so much to limit allergens. I don't make it any better on myself as I have 5 cats. But I have noticed an immediate attack comes on when I use sprays on carpet stains (hairballs, yuck). Can anyone help me get out the stains with something other than Pet carpet stain remover spray or Resolve type sprays?

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My asthma has also got worse over the years and I now take a lot of medication including regular nebulisers and long-term high-dose oral steroids (50mg). I'm allergic to a multitude of things and I'm now unable to do the cleaning myself so I have someone from Social Services come and do it for me once a week. This may not be terribly useful for you, but it could be an option for you to discuss with your doctors, and they can (at least here in the UK) give you a referral if they think it's appropriate.

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My ashtma has also got a lot worse over the years. I have noticed that now I can not use most household cleaners without having sever asthma attacks. I am on two inhalers, allergy medication and stariods for my asthma. Still when I use these cleaners I can't breathe. I have tryed using gas masks (with the filters on them) as it was suggested by my doctor and still have a asthma attack while using the cleaners. At this point I have started making my own cleaners... using things like vinegar, baking soda, ect. If you search online there are tons of recipes out there. Since I have started this my asthma dont bother me as bad when I am cleaning house. My other suggestions would be to open the house when your cleaning. If possible put a fan in the room to blow the fumes from the cleaners out. It sounds silly but it helps me. Good luck.

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spray my mattresses with dust mite spray after vacuuming them

tore out all carpets except living room and hallway

refinished hardwood floors in all three bedrooms

replaced both bathrooms floors with ceramic tile

new 92% efficient furnace with humidifier and super hepa filter

installed C/A last September for future

replaced all upholstered furniture with leather

steam clean remaining carpet frequently

use baking soda and/or vinegar and water for cleaning


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I use a microfiber cloth for cleaning glass. It's not the fluffy kind for dusting -- this one is totally smooth and I use it with straight water. I get one half wet, squeeze it out and dry the glass with the dry half. It doesn't leave any streaks. :)

I use commercial grade cleaners in the bathroom. Regular cleansers always killed my lungs and so did the scrubbing motion. Now I spray on an acid, wipe it around and rinse off in 5 minutes. I can't use it in my bad months, but it works for most of the year.

As far as vacuuming and mopping, I do them when I feel good enough. It'd be nice to have a magic solution. Maybe someday Irobot will come out with a better Roomba and I'll make it do the work. Our Roomba is just too wimpy to do all the vacumming.

 
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A few more things - I use an electric broom sometimes but mostly a swiffer and eco friendly floor cleaner for mopping. Definitely no bleach as that messing with my lungs and blood pressure.

And don't let the cat sleep on your chest! lol
If I didn't have 2 cats and 2 dogs I would opt for 1 dog and no more. I love them too much to get rid of them but when they go I'm only having 1 dog at a time. Maybe something hairless if I move south!

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My asthma has gotten better with age. Let's see the changes.

Before:
Feather pillows
Fabric softener
No meds or diagnosis
Smokers
carpets
pets

After:
Double spin laundry so less dryer time
allergy pills, advair, flonase
no smokers
no fabric softener
foam pillows
still pets
no carpets
lots of houseplants w/moss mulch to prevent mold

I sneeze a few times in the morning and I pull my shirt over my nose when I dust really dusty places. Hope there's some insite in there for someone else.

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I've switched to microfibre and it's a lot better.

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How do you handle your everyday house work and keep you asthma under control?

My asthma has gotten worse since I have gotten older. My weight is no help either, so that is one reason why I am here at SP.

I have an asthma attack everytime I mop or vaccum floors, everytime I go down to the dungeon (my basement) to do laundry and everytime I have to shampoo the carpet or spot clean. When I clean the bathrooms or kitchen with household cleaners I have to be very careful to not breath too deaply. Sometimes I wear a mask, but I think sometimes that makes me just breath harder than I should.

I have reacently been put on a nebulizer and it seems to be helping but I get really shakey after taking it.

So what do you all do about everyday housework??

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