General cleaning tips
- Avoid harsh chemical cleaners and strongly scented cleaners around your child with asthma.
- Use unscented detergents and fabric softeners.
- Avoid air fresheners, deodorizers, plug-ins and candles.
- Use baking soda instead of scented air fresheners to absorb odors.
- Create your own all-purpose cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup white vinegar with 4 cups of water and 3 to 4 drops of liquid castile soap in a spray bottle. You can spray the cleaner on multiple surfaces including countertops and windows. Wipe with a cloth or rag. Use newspapers to wipe down glass.
- If you prefer to buy cleaning products, try Seventh Generation brand.
Tubs, toilets and sinks
Combine baking soda and liquid castile soap on surface, and then rub with a rag. Rinse well.
Dusting and polishing
Use a damp cloth or rag to wipe down surfaces. Use a few drops of olive oil to polish surfaces.
Getting rid of mold and mildew
- Mold is found in every home. It can be found in dark and damp areas.
- Spray white vinegar directly onto moldy areas. Let dry, then scrub vinegar and mold away.
- Lemon juice and salt, or white vinegar and salt can be used to create a paste to scrub areas with mold. Dry surfaces when finished.
- Fix plumbing problems and leaks as soon as possible.
- Do not paint over mold. Remove mold and dry surface completely before painting.
- Do not use humidifiers or vaporizers. They can be mold factories!
- If possible, use a dehumidifier or run the air conditioner in warm weather.
- Your child should avoid basements, laundry rooms and any room with mold, musty smell, dampness or water stains.
- Hang up wet towels to dry after showers or baths. Open the window or door to air out the bathroom during and after showers and baths.
- Run the bathroom fan for at least 15 minutes after a shower or bath to help remove moist air.