Goals of Asthma Management No asthma symptoms during day No asthma symptoms at night No missed school or work No hospital or ER visits Few side effects from medicines Regular cleaning in the home will help control triggers and lead to better asthma management!
Three things happen in all of those millions of tiny airways during asthma: 1. Swelling 2. Mucus production 3. Muscle contraction
How do you know asthma is flaring? Early Signs: Cough, allergies, tiredness, cold symptoms, not sleeping through the night Symptoms of an Asthma Attack (late): Cough, wheeze, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath Emergency, 911 Signs: Color change in lips, fingernails, Retractions Can’t talk
THINGS THAT MAKE ASTHMA WORSE EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT INDOOR TRIGGERS
Strong Smells Strong smells from cleaning products can cause asthma flare-ups. Chemicals used in many cleaning products can be toxic for everyone - not just kids with asthma.
What’s in the dust? Surface and Airborne Triggers
SURFACE issues: Molds and Colds Surface and Airborne Triggers
Categories of Cleaners Totally non-toxic Terrible Ten Somewhere in Between
Before you Clean Remember to: Ventilate. Never mix cleaners. Rinse thoroughly. Clean when children are not present.
Terrible Ten 1. Drain cleaners 2. Oven cleaners 3. Toilet cleaners 4. Spot removers 5. Silver and other metal polishes 6. Furniture polishes 7. Cleansers and powdered cleaners 8. Window cleaners 9. Bleach 10. Liquid cleaners Most contain Ammonia and/or bleach Ammonia turns into a gas that is harmful to lung tissue Mixing ammonia and bleach causes toxic gases (chloramines) Also avoid aerosols
Example: Adjusting for Drains Recipe for unclogging drains: Pour baking soda in the drain Pour vinegar in the drain Rinse with boiling water What if your drain plug or drain stopper prevents you from using this recipe?
Fantastic Four Baking Soda Environmentally harmless Absorbs odors Mildly abrasive (doesn’t scratch surfaces) Combats grease and acids Cream of Tartar Rust remover Removes stains from white clothing Lemon juice Antibacterial Antiseptic (prevents growth of micro- organisms) Great scent Vinegar Harmless to humans and the environment Acidic (fights stains) Acts as a disinfectant (kills bacteria and fungi)
Other Saf-“er” Cleaning Products Borax Mildly abrasive Deodorizes Softens hard water Disinfectant Fungicide, herbicide, insecticide Should not be ingested Hydrogen Peroxide Bleaching agent Antibacterial Sanitizer Tea Tree Oil Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral Deodorizes **Washing soda Cuts grease Deodorizes Removes wax
Cleaning with Vinegar Basic Recipe: Fill ½ spray bottle with vinegar Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water Add lemon juice or other essential oil for scent!
Vinegar Spray Use vinegar spray to clean: Kitchen counters and appliances Cutting boards and knives Flooring – vinegar is good for wood Bathroom counters and facilities Windows, mirrors, and glass
Flooring Use vinegar spray for all kinds of floors! Spray floor Wipe clean No rinsing Add 1 teaspoon of glycerin soap for dirtier floors, but you will need to rinse.
Linoleum Floors For waxed linoleum floors: 1 cup vinegar 1 gallon warm water For tough soils or grease, replace vinegar with ¼ cup washing soda Warning: this will remove any wax coating on the floor. Re-polish when dry
Windows, Mirrors, Glass Spray on. Scrub with a squeegee scrubber. Squeegee liquid down to one corner and wipe clean with a rag. Note: When cleaning the first couple times after switching from commercial cleaners, add ½ teaspoon of liquid soap (traditional cleaners contain waxes that need extra cleaning).
Shower Curtains Use vinegar to clean plastic shower curtains Pour 1 cup vinegar with ¼ to ½ cup laundry detergent in the washing machine. Add curtain with several old, light colored towels. Use a warm water cycle with a complete rinse cycle.
Clean with Baking Soda Baking Soda Blast 16 ounces of Baking Soda 4 Tablespoons natural liquid soap 1 cup warm water Great recipe when scrubbing is needed!
Baking Soda Use Baking Soda Blast to Clean: Soap scum in bathtubs and sinks Mineral buildup around water fixtures Tile and grout For sanitation, spray with vinegar spray then hydrogen peroxide, let sit for a few minutes, then rinse/flush.
Mold Mold Recipe Baking soda blast Add 2-3 drops tea tree oil Directions Apply paste to mold. Scrub. Let sit for 30 minutes. Wipe clean. This recipe will clean the mold, but if the water source is not corrected, the mold will come back!
Problem Mold Hire a specialist Restoration Water damage Carpet cleaning
Carpets Deodorize when needed: Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet Wait 30 minutes Vacuum Clean at least once per year: Rent a steam cleaner 1/8 cup liquid soap 2 gallons hot water Add 2 cups borax or baking soda per gallon of water.
Rust stains Combine1 Tablespoon cream of tartar with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply to the stain and let sit for several hours. Wipe clean.
Oven Oven cleaner Sprinkle baking soda to cover all mess. Spray with water until very damp. Re-wet occasionally with vinegar spray and let sit overnight. In the morning, wipe clean.
Thanks! You can create a healthier breathing environment by changing the types of cleaning products you use !