Ways to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms

Ways to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms

Have you ever noticed that everyone seems to have asthma and/or allergies.  When I was growing up, I never knew anyone with asthma.  Now my own child has it, my niece, my nephew and just about everyone I talk to has a child with it.  I heard a saying one day that

“When we clean our homes we feel that they need to have a clean smell.  Well that’s not true, clean doesn’t have a smell.  The chemicals we are using are what we smell.”

I decided to do something and try to help my son since he went from cold related asthma to very severe asthma.  I threw out all of my household cleaners.  Went out and bought a spray bottle and filled it with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water.  That is now my all purpose cleaner.  I also bought a large bag of baking soda (from Sam’s Club)  I sprinkle that in the tubs, toilets and sinks.  Add a few sprays from my vinegar/water cleanser and let sit.  Scrub the tubs and sinks, then rinse.  Scrub the toilet with the brush and flush.

Next I switched my laundry detergent and dish detergent to Seventh Generation and BioKleen (an all natural detergent)  I found that there are formaldahyde in these regular detergents. 

Also, had to get rid of all candles (even soy based).  Now I just use essential oils to scent the room (place a few drops on a cotton ball and place inside your sweeper bag or cup…makes the house smell wonderful!)

The hardest thing I had to do was to get rid of stuffed animals.  My son was not too happy.  We didn’t toss them, just put them in containers and put them away, out of his room.

We also switched bath/body wash and shampoo to natural ones.  (Burt’s Bees is our favorite!)

Another thing we did was to get rid of the carpet and keep dust away.

All these changes really helped my son.  His doctor was amazed when we went for a visit and he found out we hadn’t used his inhaler since our last visit (6 months ago..before the household changes!)

He does very well now and only needs the inhaler once in a while (usually outdoor caused).  It really opened my eyes and made me realize what is really in these household/personal products. 

Written by babycakes93
I am a stay at home mom. I love crafts, puzzles, bargain shopping and spending time with my family!

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