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Breathe easy, allergy friendly cleaning

All of us have cleaning duties to attend to, to a larger or lesser extent. These are an inevitable part of the domestic routine. They are annoying at times, but not too troublesome. Unless you are one of the thousands of people in the UK suffering from hay fever, asthma, intolerance to dust, chemicals or other allergic reactions.

Then, a simple bout of housework can bring you to a literal standstill as your body battles the effects of being exposed to one or more allergens. What you need then is some great advice allergy-friendly cleaning advice. Look no further…

Keep it natural
Try to clean with products that have as few chemicals as possible that could trigger an allergic reaction. Avoid cleaning fluids, creams and waxes containing ammonia, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium hypochlorite. These are regularly found in furniture polishes, disinfectants, mildew removers, laundry detergents and oven cleaners.

Shop around for miler alternatives, look into making your own eco-friendly versions or ask a professional cleaning company specialising in allergy friendly cleaning for a quote to take on the work for you.

Vacuuming
Getting up close to dust can be bad news for allergy sufferers. However, vacuum cleaner manufacturers are growing wise to the problem and many models are now available on the market with HEPA filters and other allergy-friendly extras. These are worth looking into. As is a mask, again specially designed to act as a barrier to prevent dust from being breathed in by the wearer. Vacuum twice a week at least to keep the dust levels low in your home.

Live light
Try to declutter as much as possible at home. Piles of magazines, boxes, clothes etc. are magnets for dust to gather. They are also harder to clean around and will be hard to move when you need to find something you are looking for. They can also trap allergens like dust mites, moths and cockroaches.

Minimise mold
Pay close attention to areas more susceptible to damp since mold can be highly irritating to allergy sufferers. Invest in decent bathroom cleaners as part of your allergy-friendly cleaning regime. Always wipe the tiles and shower screen after a bath or shower and scrub kitchen tiles too.

Machine wash you shower curtain on as high a temperature s possible (check the curtain label for precise washing instructions) and freshen up your towels regularly.

Bedroom bliss
Many allergens love living in the bed, where they live off our dead skin cells and sweat. Change sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers weekly and wash on a hot temperature. Turn your mattress at least twice a year and leave your bed unmade from time to time to let the air get to it inside the covers. Avoid unnecessary linens, such as cushions, throws and rugs as these can also harbor dust mites and other irritants.

The smell of success
Avoid scented air fresheners, detergents etc. as the chemicals can set off allergic reactions. Even seemingly innocuous items such as pot pourri and scented candles can cause harm. Keep the windows closed on days with a high pollen count too to keep the atmosphere as clean as possible inside the house. Consider installing air conditioning to keep the inside of your house cool instead.

By following these tips, you can significantly reduce the effect that domestic cleaning has on your health, and you can even enjoy restoring your house to its sparking best during your allergy-friendly cleaning sessions.

How to keep your shoes ship-shape?

Effective Cleaning Tips – This time for your shoes.

We ask a lot of our shoes. They must take up from A to B and back again, several times a day. They must keep out the rain, protect our feet and look good while doing all the above.

So it is too much to ask that they receive a good, effective cleaning in return every once in a while? Here’s how to show your shoes some love.

1. New shoes often cause painful blisters on heels as the owner wears them in. Help avoid this by rubbing the backs of new shoes with soap, thus softening them and helping them get eased in.

2. Waterproof leather shoes by covering them with boiled linseed oil while they are still brand new. Repeat three times, drying thoroughly between each coating. You can also seal new or fraying shoelaces by dipping the ends in nail varnish and allowing to dry.

3. Stop patent leather shoes cracking by rubbing them occasionally with petroleum jelly, milk or olive oil. Remove scuffmarks by rubbing the area with egg whites and polish before wearing. Store them in a warm, dry place, preferably in their own box or shoe bag.

4. Remove water stains from leather shoes with warm water and olive oil – leave the oil on for a few days. Dry wet shoes by filling them with crumpled newspaper, then wrapping in more newspaper and leaving them in a warm place to dry.

5. Restore old suede shoes by holding them over a steaming kettle. Allow drying, and then using a suede brush to raise the nap.

6. Clean leather shoes with the inside of a banana skin for a beautiful shine. For brown shoes, the pithy side of a lemon can work just as well. Use cleansing lotion on white leather.

7. Get gold or silver evening shoes looking at their best by wiping them with cotton wool, dampened with soapy water. Dry and store in tissue paper to prevent tarnishing when not in use. A sprinkle of baking soda will get rid of any nasty residual smells.

8. Use a raw potato on children’s leather shoes to remove scuffs and marks. Apply a layer of hairspray after polishing them so the polish doesn’t come off so easily. Or apply nail varnish to areas that are frequently scuffed. If possible, buy two pairs of shoes and have the child alternate them, to cut down on wear and tear.

Cleaning tips for busy professionals

Everyone is busy nowadays, not least those who hold down a demanding job while still having to run an orderly home for themselves and their family. Those who do not work outside the home have many calls on their time too, be it young children, older relatives, volunteer commitments or endless errands.

The perfect solution to keep control of the house is to engage the services of a cleaning company. Professional cleaners can visit your home as often as you require them to dust, hoover, wash and polish your hone so that it is a joy to come home to each night. But how can you help them keep on top of the mess?

1. Clear as you go. Tidying up mess as you come across it, rather than letting is all build up keeps the task manageable and not quite so daunting. So, pick up toys, put clothes away, sort out newspapers and magazines for the recycling. Sort and file household admin as soon as it comes to your attention so that you don’t forget further down the line.

2. A quick vacuum every day will keep the carpet free from bits and the house looking instantly cleaner. Sweep lino or tiled floors. This will only take a few minutes to do.

3. Keep the bathroom fresh with a quick spray of disinfectant over the taps, sink, bath and toilet. Shove some bleach down the toilet, check the towels are clean and wipe the smudges off the mirror with a paper towel and some spray cleaner. Voila!

4. Empty the bins well before they start to overflow. Make a note of bin collection day and get your bins ready in good time. This will help keep things inside the house looking good – and smelling even better.

5. If you have a dishwasher, get in the habit of chucking dirty plates, cutlery and glasses in immediately after a meal or snack. Even lightly soiled saucepans and cooking utensils can go in, although do check that things are compatible with dishwasher cleaning first.

6. Storage is your friend. Invest in sturdy plastic or wooden boxes and label them for things like children’s toys, shoes, books and spare bedding. These can be quickly hidden from view or stacked up neatly if the house suddenly needs to look presentable.

7. Open the windows as often as possible to get air flowing through the house to remove nasty smells. In winter, room scents or candles can also provide a welcoming ambience – be careful when handling a lit candle and never leave one unattended.

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