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    Asthma-friendly cleaning

    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.

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