Chemical Free Cleaning
Spring Cleaning For The Allergy Sufferer
A look into many American homes usually reveals a wide variety of everyday cleaning products. Many of these products contain chemicals such as chlorine, phosphates, acetone, ammonia and petroleum that can cause side effects like headaches, depression and flu-like symptoms through exposure. Millions of Americans are sensitive to chemicals and millions more are concerned about the negative health and environmental impact they can have. At National Allergy, we are concerned for all our customers, so we offer fragrance-free, non-abrasive, non toxic cleaning products for almost any project. Our EnviroRite
line of products are plant-based yet hard working and include a multi-purpose spray, jewelry cleaner, bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, laundry detergent and more.
In addition to safe and chemical free cleaners, we offer several types of cleaning cloths that use microfiber technology to clean effectively but with no waste or harsh chemicals. The Miracle Towel
is a super-absorbent, washable, deep-cleaning cloth that needs only water to clean away dirt and mess. The Action Fiber
mop uses similar technology and is great for hard floors like vinyl and tile. Windows sparkle with the GlassWizard
cloth and only a little water, and it is engineered to clean oils and greasy smudges without the use of irritating chemicals.
In addition to a growing number of non toxic cleaning agents, there are several home recipes that have been used for centuries to de-grease, de-grime, unclog, and shine. Discover "new" spring cleaning uses for these common pantry items. The following is taken from Debra Lynn Dadd's book The Nontoxic Home
which appears to be out of print. Home Safe Home
by the same author would probably be a good substitute if you're interested. Vinegar.
Mix 1 cup white vinegar & 1 cup water in a spray bottle. This solution works on dirt, soap scum and hard water deposits, and is a natural deodorizer. In the kitchen, the spray cleans countertops, cooking surfaces and backsplash areas. The more undiluted the vinegar, the tougher the job it can tackle. Vinegar can also unclog mineral deposits in shower-heads - simply set the clogged showerhead in a cup of vinegar, or attach a baggy filled with vinegar to the showerhead with a rubber-band and let it sit overnight. Vinegar odor will dissipate as it dries. Baking Soda.
Sprinkling a small amount of baking soda on a damp sponge can do wonders on grimy drains and faucet rings. For tougher jobs, use a thin paste of baking soda and let it stand on the affected surface for several minutes. Clogged drains will benefit from a handful of baking soda and « cup of vinegar. Pour the solution in the drain, then cover it tightly and allow the fizzy solution to dislodge obstructive matter. Then rinse the drain with hot water. Lemon Juice.
Not only does it give a fresh scent to disposals and other surfaces, but lemon juice can also be added to simple borax cleaners to cut through grease. Some furniture polishes contain silicone oil which can eventually harm the wood. A homemade furniture polish is as simple as « cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of olive oil in a spray bottle. Simply shake it well and apply it to wood furniture with a cleaning rag.
Outside Your Home
A good final step in the spring cleaning process is to take a walk around the outside of your home. First, check for chipping paint, roof damage, or evidence of leaks. While these things are unsightly, they also can signal potential mold problems. You may discover areas that after a few harsh winters need re-painting. First, scrape, prime and paint peeling spots on the trim and woodwork. Then caulk and seal any noticeable cracks. These upkeep projects protect the wood both from the summer heat and from moisture intrusion. When re-painting, invest in mold-retardant paint or use a product such as M-1 Paint Additive
which will inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the painted surface.
Next, remove accumulated dead foliage and weeds from garden beds and the lawn, as well as from the roof and gutters. This decaying, organic material can harbor irritating molds plus an uncovered yard will grow more fully. While in and around the yard, inspect the patio, deck or any outdoor furniture you have for mold growth or green algae. If mold is present, you'll want to first remove the stains by treating with a non-toxic cleaner like our NAS-12
. After the surface is dry, follow-up with No More Mildew
to protect against future mold growth for a long period of time. If you see green algae growing on your deck or patio, simply spray on No More Algae
and 1 to 4 days later it will be gone. what could be easier? For more mold and mildew clean-up tips, you might want to review our page on mold and mildew
As you continue your walk around the house, make a point to inspect your HVAC system. Clear away all debris that is either on top of or around the unit so that it is not pulled into the unit. It may be wise to have a professional inspect your HVAC system to ensure it is ready for the approaching hot temperatures. Replacing your furnace filter at this time is a great idea for improving the air quality in your home. National Allergy's Permanent, Electrostatic Whole-House Filters
can reduce indoor pollutants by up to 91% and need only be washed monthly to last a lifetime! But if you want the most efficient furnace filters on the market today, you'll want the 3M Filtrete Filters
which should last 3 months each.
Spring Cleaning Checklist INSIDE
- Wash winter bedding in hot water (140 degrees) to kill mites (or use de-mite laundry additive)
- Vacuum, dry clean or launder window treatments
- De-clutter closets by sorting out winter clothes and donating clothes you no longer wear
- Consider investing in a HEPA vacuum cleaner
- Vacuum hard-to-reach, often overlooked places like baseboards, windowsills, heating vents, upholstery, and under furniture
- Change the pre-filters in HEPA air cleaners you use
- Throw away old newspapers and magazines
- Consider using a dust mite treatment product
- Dust, dust and dust some more
- Replace chemical cleaners
- Clean with reusable cloths
- Inspect paint, roofing and woodwork around house for cracking, leaks and mold
- Clear away dead foliage from gutters, lawn and flower beds
- Clean and repair outdoor furniture
- Check for clogged air conditioning units
- Clean or replace your furnace filter and arrange for a pre-summer inspection
This information is for educational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor first about your specific condition, treatment options and other health concerns you may have.