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Living in a clean home that is low in dust, mold and germs is one of the healthy home principles. There 7 principals. These are discussed at https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/healthy_homes/seven_principles.htm and other resources.

A healthy home can improve health and reduce symptoms related to a number of health conditions including EI. Often very significantly.

Maintaining a healthy home while toxic and tired may be difficult to achieve without some home care and support. (ADL Support, other, e.g hiring a cleaning service).

Opening the window and using fragrance free and non toxic cleaning products or simple home made recipes like the ones recommended by Oregan Metro – Healthy Home  Green Cleaning (https://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/healthy-home) is recommended.  Microfibre cleaning can be a good option for most things, it only requires water. No chemicals are needed. Vacuum cleaners should have HEPA filter technology.

Cleaner Find it in Use it to It replaces
baking soda (sodium bicarbonate/ bicarb) grocery store baking ingredients aisle scrub sinks, pots and stains, polish sterling or silver plate abrasive cleaners like Ajax, silver polishes
white distilled vinegar grocery store condiments aisle clean glass, remove soap scum, grease and mineral deposits window cleaners like Windex, drain treatments like Drano
hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent pharmacy or grocery store first aid aisle brightens whites in the laundry, disinfect surfaces chlorine bleach
plant-based liquid soap (Castile soap) grocery store natural products section wash cars, mop floors, wash clothes, clean marble counters liquid car wash, laundry detergents, floor care products
washing soda (sodium carbonate) grocery store laundry supplies aisle cut oven grease, remove wine stains, boost cleaning power of laundry soap oven cleaners, all-purpose cleaners like Oxi-Clean

Cleaning and dusting is simpler when the home is free from clutter and when a cleaning schedule is followed.  You do not need to be a minimalist,  but adopting at least some of the minimalism “less is more” philosophy will make, not just every day cleaning, but also everyday life easier.  It will also reduce your exposures to potential triggers, significantly.

 

General cleaning tips and information:

(from https://extensionhealthyhomes.org/ccontent.html#2cleanhomesection)
The Kitchen:

  • Make cleanup a habit and perform cleaning chores regularly.  The list below gives suggestions on how often to clean various items in your kitchen:

Every Day:

  • Wash dishes
  • Wipe kitchen work surfaces (countertops, cook-tops, sinks)
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Empty Trash

Once a week:

  • Check refrigerator and throw out spoiled food
  • Mop floor
  • Scrub kitchen sink
  • Disinfect kitchen cleaning sponges
  • Wash and rinse kitchen trash can

Every Three to Six Months depending on condition of surfaces:

  • Wash face of kitchen cabinets
  • Thoroughly clean refrigerator and microwave oven

At least once annually, more if needed:

  • Clean out and wash cupboards
  • Wash walls and woodwork
  • Wash curtains
  • Clean oven
  • Wash light fixtures

 

 

 

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