A comedian once said “Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.”  As funny as that is, keeping a clean home is essential to protecting our health.  This is especially true for those with allergies and asthma.   Unfortunately, cleaning products often include harmful chemicals which can be a dangerous symptom trigger themselves.  Many cleaning supplies can irritate the eyes or the throat, cause headaches, and trigger asthma attacks.  Even products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems.

Thanks to our friends at National Jewish Hospital we found some make-your- own cleaning supplies that may be just the thing to help with this dilemma.


  • Mix 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon warm water
  • Rinse with clear water
  • Add a drop or two of liquid dish soap for stubborn or greasy areas


  • Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup vinegar
  • Add 2 cups water and several drops of liquid dish soap
  • Shake before using


  • Shake baking soda directly out of the box and scrub with a sponge
  • Add a drop or two of liquid dish soap for stubborn greasy areas


  • Pour ¼ cup baking soda into the toilet bowl
  • Add 1 cup vinegar
  • Close lid
  • Let sit for 30 minutes then brush and flush


  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • Add all to a 24oz. spray bottle filling the rest with water
  • Shake well before using
  • You can add a little lemon juice for a fresh scent

Environmental control is one of the best things you can do for allergies and asthma.  If it’s not there it can’t bother you.

Happy Breathing!      Rachel