- Avoid contact with pets, including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, gerbils, and other animals.
- Avoid tobacco smoke.
- Control humidity, but avoid belt-type humidifiers, because fungi and bacteria live on the belts.
- Install ventilators for appliances like stoves, when possible.
- Make sure the home is properly ventilated.Keep the heating system and its filters well maintained.
- Minimize use of rugs.
- Vacuum away from children to avoid dust inhalation.
- Use and store chemicals wisely.
Nonallergenic Cleaning Agents
Many nonallergenic cleaning agents are available at supermarkets and hardware stores. Some of these are listed below:
- Ammonia: General household cleaner for windows, silver, glass, crystal (use plain, not sudsy or lemon-scented).
- Baking soda: General household cleaner and room or refrigerator deodorizer. May be sprinkled on rugs before vacuuming.
- Furniture polishes with beeswax, lemon oil, raw linseed oil, mineral oil, olive oil, paste wax. Make sure that vegetable oils have not turned rancid. Olive oil can be used to clean pewter.
- Nonchlorine bleaches: Household or laundry cleaner.
- Charcoal Room or refrigerator deodorizer: Use in packets; close off room for period of time.
- Club soda: Spot remover for clothing or rugs. Pour on spot, let set, sponge up.
- Soap: Avoid deodorant soaps - choose unscented or mild soaps.
- White or apple cider vinegar: Mix with water to remove mold, mineral deposits, crayon marks, wallpaper