Fight allergies in your home using eco-friendly methods

The fact that 80% of Malaysians, over 40% of Singaporeans, 87% of Filipinos, and 64% of Thais are sensitive to dust mites, shows that dust mites are the most common sensitizing aeroallergens in those regions. This is according to a study by the Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology. The study indicates that the other main allergens in those regions are cockroach droppings, cat dander, mold spores, and dog dander. The problem is governments and individuals in those parts of Asia may be tempted to use toxic insecticides or cleaning products to fight cockroaches, dust mites, and mold. These chemicals are poisonous and can cause things such as skin diseases, breathing problems and even cancer. They may also find their way into rivers and the soil, which makes it easier for them to get into the food chain.

Use non-toxic cleaning products

Cleaning chemicals can trigger allergies and asthma in some people. This is because they contain substances such as chlorine, formaldehyde, perchloroethylene and chemicals found in “fragrance”.  Instead of chemical cleaning products, you can use cornstarch mixed with white vinegar to clean windows, shampoo carpets and rugs and even polish furniture. Other things you can use for cleaning include baking soda, lemon juice, and alcohol. If you want to stick with soap, go for unscented soap in liquid form because it is biodegradable, and can be used to clean just about anything in your home.

Energy efficient air purifiers

New energy efficient air purifiers are able to get rid of most contaminants in the air while using less energy compared to traditional purifiers. Their timers allow you to program them comfortably and some even have apps that you can use to monitor air quality in your home.  While traditional air purifiers use chemical-based bacteriostats or mold inhibitors on their filters, eco-friendly air purifiers use polypropylene fibers. These fibers repel water, which means no mold, bacteria or mildew can reproduce inside them. Other air purifiers use UV light to kill the mold, bacteria and virus trapped in their filters.

Even without buying an air purifier everyone can open the windows in their homes to get rid of moisture that causes mold. Also wash bedding in an eco friendly detergent and curtains to stop dust mites from increasing.  These simple actions are adequately effective and have very minimal impact on the environment.