ABC’s For How to Maintain a Healthier Home

Creating a healthier home for my family is an ongoing process that I am still learning how to achieve through trial and error. With two kids, four pets and a husband, a clean home often seems hard enough to maintain, so I need to remind myself that is where a healthy home starts. The products you use can contribute to keeping the air, floors and rest of the house free of allergens, germs and toxins. I try and use “green” products as much as possible and am most recently exploring homemade solutions, where I can control the ingredients and typically save money while I am at it. I am currently reading about making my own liquid soap and we’ll see if I’m brave enough to take the challenge once I round up all of the ingredients 😉

Although my husband isn’t as picky about his cleaning products (ah-hem, not that he needs to be as he rarely uses them), his favorite garbage disposal freshener is citrus peels, because it makes the sink smell nice and as many of you know citrus also has natural de-greasing qualities. I just popped some leftover lemon slices and water in the microwave last night for a quick, easy, yummy smelling scrub down of the microwave. Easy, peasy and I am not worried about whether certain cleaners or detergents are safe to be used in there. 

No matter how much I vacuum, however, the house always seems to be covered in pet hair and even on a good day where I have it more or less under control, pet dander and other particles are still in the air. Consequently, a good air filter is a must! I will confess, however, that I always forget my filter size and to change it as often as it is recommended. I learned that the Filtrete Clear Advantages program offers the resources to help you remember your filter size, reminds you when it needs to be changed, and offers other resources like an air quality guide and special offers. We also purchased an air purifier last fall when I was having terrible sinus allergies and other issues during my pregnancy and really helped!

What are your tips and tricks to maintaining a healthier home? Filtrete has shared some tips and reminders from FAAP doctor Alanna Levine I have included below and visit Filtrete online for the full selection of products, tips and resources. 

Since most people with allergies develop them during childhood, Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), shares the ABC’s to help maintain a healthier home environment for children:

  • A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child’s bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
  • B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air.  These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don’t neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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