Small steps for balancing your home to be allergy-free and eco-friendly

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Cleaning up our diet to remain gluten, meat or dairy free has become easier. Given the choices that exist in the marketplace cleaning up our diets is a great deal less painful than it might have been just a few years ago. Whilst our bodies will love us for it, how about our homes? Can we keep our space allergen-free yet eco-friendly at the same time? Here are a few tips you can follow to achieve that balance.

 

Rid yourself of clutter

A clutter-free space is calming to the mind and less likely to attract dust and mites that worsen allergies. Consider removing furniture, decor or any items that serve no useful purpose. Instead of throwing them away, donate them or exchange them with family or friends for things that might be more useful in your home.

Swap chemical cleaning products for gentle natural products

This includes things such as laundry detergents as well as bathroom or kitchen cleaners. With careful consideration it is possible to replace each of these things with a product that is kinder to the environment as it is to yourself. Where possible use natural methods in place of products. Bicarbonate of soda with vinegar is an age-old cleaning method that works just as well in a kitchen as it does in a bathroom.

Replace carpets with wooden or cork flooring

If at all possible avoid carpeting your floors and opt for wooden, bamboo or cork flooring. These are easier to clean and reduce the build up of dust and mites greatly. An option like bamboo is also more sustainable than wood and cork is naturally antimicrobial and fire retardant. If you already live in a home with carpets vacuum regularly with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter and shampoo your floors frequently.

Reconsider curtains

Heavy fabric curtains and drapes collect vast amounts of dust that remain invisible to the eye. Opting for natural and eco-friendly blinds made of bamboo or even metal will not only make the space look more contemporary but your sinuses will be happier for it.

Add dehumidifiers to low-ventilation areas

If your bathroom doesn't benefit from a window or great ventilation then ensure that you have a dehumidifier in that space. Damp spaces are breeding grounds for mould and mildew which can easily transfer to towels. A heated towel rail would also help.

Change your bedding

When buying bedding choose items that have not used synthetic chemicals or dyes as these irritate the skin. There is also the option of innovative fabrics such as bamboo rayon (it's that bamboo again!) which work to minimise moisture and odours making them kinder to skin. With pillows always opt for anti-allergy and machine washable options.

Invest in a fantastic vacuum cleaner

No matter what type of home you live in this is a necessary investment and particularly useful if you are living in a home with carpets. The best cleaners available will suck up almost 99% of dust particles from any flooring. When used regularly it's an invaluable tool for making your home allergy-free.

We hope that you found this list useful. We'd love to hear any tips that you may have that we could share with the Leggero community. Start the conversation by sharing your own tips with us.