During these times of the viral pandemic lockdown, dust and mess maybe all the more noticeable!
If you or any members of your family including your pets are sensitive to dust or dust mites, it is best to keep the humidity low and vacuum regularly to keep it under control. Dust mites tend to build up in bedding, so regularly washing linen in hot water is advised, mattress and pillowcases can also be purchased to protect from dust mites.
Decluttering items that gather dust and removing newspapers and magazines will help reduce the level of dust in the environment, also not wearing shoes indoors will also help.
Open windows and doors to exchange air
This is important particularly during these times, as we are having to spend a lot of times indoors, especially if you don’t have an outdoor area if you are living in an apartment. Ensure that the windows and doors are opened from time to time to get fresh air circulating.
Clean from the highest area to the lowest
To help minimise dust it is best to clean from the highest area, such as windows and shelves to the lowest, leaving the carpets and floor to last. Allow the dust to settle before vacuuming.
Having your furry friends in the house with you during this difficult time undoubtedly makes things more fun, but comes with that is fur shedding and dander which can wreak havoc for some people who have sensitivities to this. Train your pet to only use certain pieces of furniture and don’t allow them in the bedrooms. To make cleaning easier it is best to put a blanket over the furniture which they do sit on, this makes washing easier.
Use gentle non-toxic cleaning products
Many store-bought commercial cleaners are toxic and contain ingredients harmful to the lungs, triggering asthma even in a healthy individual.
Here are some of the most dangerous chemicals which can be found in home cleaning products.
- This is suspected as being carcinogenic and is found in many common detergents.
Quaternary Ammonium compounds or Quats
- Quats are known to trigger asthma, they are found in cleaning sprays and fabric softeners
- Chlorine bleach fumes from bleach can contain chlorine and chloroform which have been linked to cancer and neurological and respiratory issues, If combined with an acid such as vinegar, dangerous gases can form as bleach is highly reactive.
- Formaldehyde. This is a known carcinogen, used as a preservative.
- Perchloroethylene (PERC). Found in upholstery cleaners, spot removers and home dry cleaning products, a probable neurotoxin and carcinogen.
- Diethylene Glycol Monomethyl ether (DEGME or Methoxydiglycol). This has been banned already in the EU, as this compound has been linked to reproductive health effects. Commonly used in heavy-duty cleaners and degreasers.
- Fragrance. This description may include 100’s of compounds including phthalates which is an endocrine disruptor. the ingredients may also trigger asthma and allergies.
- Ammonia. Skin and respiratory irritant
- Antibacterials. Although many antibacterial compounds have been banned from hand and body soaps, these still may be found in cleaners. These banned substances have been linked to endocrine disruption and antibiotic resistance.
- 2-Butoxyethanol. (also 2-BE, BCEE or Butyl cellosolve) This is an eye and skin irritant found in oven cleaners, degreasers and stain removers.
Along with all these many nasty side effects listed above, many common cleaning products will burn or irritate skin and eyes and are fatal if ingested!
Thankfully there isn’t any need to use these toxic chemicals in your home, really affective cleaners can easily be made using natural non-toxic ingredients which are safe for your family’s health.
My favourite spray uses doTerra lemon essential oil and white vinegar, cleans and shines amazingly, great for shower cubicles! but during these times making a surface spray with doTerra on guard essential oil would be an effective antibacterial and antiviral. Below is the recipe.
All-purpose spray recipe
1/4 cup of white vinegar
1 and 3/4 cups of water
30 drops of Doterra on guard essential oil or any other Doterra oil, but currently, the on guard would be particularly beneficial.
Add all ingredients to a 16 ounce spray bottle.
Shake thoroughly. Spritz on surfaces and wipe clean.
To purchase and get the best price for doTerra oils, please visit my website at www.mydoterra.com/fionahall. Click ‘ join and save’ then ‘join doTerra’ (bottom right-hand corner)
- Select language and country
- Select ‘wholesale customer’ then enter details and check ‘accept terms’ box.
- Input my doTerra referral ID 8847837
- Select your kit or £20 (plus VAT) Wholesale membership fee and any products you wish.
- Then click ‘continue’ and add payment details.
There is currently a fantastic offer on until the end of this month, where you get credit worth about £40 towards your next oil purchase, hurry though as only a very short time left to get this offer!
I will be posting other helpful recipes using these oils which will help you clean effectively without causing harm to you or your family.