Control Childhood Asthma: Ways to Help Detox Your Home

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childhood asthmas control triggersAsthma is more common in people under 18 years of age. It’s the most common chronic disease among children (asthma.com). The number of children reported to be suffering with asthma has increased - a serious trigger can be the air inside the home. Often the air inside the home can be worst than the air outside. Air inside the home carries unhealthy dust, mold, dirt, pet dander, and gases (VOCs) from chemicals in the carpeting, upholstery, paint, and cleaning supplies. With more efficient, energy-saving housing products, such as windows, doors, and siding houses are tightly “sealed in” which means less air circulation between outside and inside. Those VOC gases in the air that once were able to escape are now trapped in triggering asthma, especially in young children.

What are VOCs?

According to the Sierra Club Green HomeThe gases, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in paints, stains, sealants, caulks, and adhesives, release the highest levels of VOCs for days, weeks, months, even years. Meanwhile your upholstery, carpets, and drapes act like sponges, absorbing VOCs and releasing them over time. While not everyone may be bothered by exposure to these gases, they can be a serious health risk for people with chemical sensitivities, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. The good news is most major paint companies now offer at least one low-VOC paint, usually a water-based latex. And a few companies offer a full line of zero-VOC paints. Water-based sealants, stains, and floor-finishing products are available now, too.

Detox your home and breathe easier.

  • Start with your kitchen cabinets. My husband replaced our original cabinet doors that were made from plywood and adhesive with hardwood doors. If you can’t afford to replace the doors or build your own from hardwood, you can apply low- or zero-VOC clear sealants over particle board and other pressed wood products to limit adhesive exposure.
  • Before you choose your wall paint, research VOCs and which paint have the lowest or no VOC levels which are allergy friendly for those who are sensitive…especially children and adults who are prone to asthama. From Consumer Reports: The federal government caps the VOC content in paint at 250 grams per liter (g/l) for flat finishes and 380 g/l for other finishes (low-luster, semigloss, etc.). However, some manufacturers have opted to comply with more stringent limits—50 g/l for all finishes—set by California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District. These paints include such products as Benjamin Moore Aura, True Value Easy Care, and Glidden Evermore.

(The Ozone Transport Commission, a multistate organization created under the Clean Air Act, also has a model rule that limits flat coatings to 100 g/l and non-flat coatings to 150 g/l. It has been adopted by the District of Columbia and Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. Any paint sold in these places must be OTC-compliant.)

  • We recently painted our den and replaced the carpeting in preparation of our fourth grandchild’s first birthday. Shortly after we decorated, his pediatrician told his parents he has asthama, the cause is unknown but now we are more conscious of what products we purchase.  Luckily we live in one of the states that is OTC compliant as stated above and the Stainmaster Carpet and padding we had installed were also low in VOCs.
  • Hardwood, vinyl, or tile flooring are each less irritating to those sensitive to allergens. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation offers this advice on home remodeling: Hardwood floors are an ideal type of floor for persons with allergies and asthma. Still, finishing products can cause a temporary reaction to the chemicals used in the process. To lessen these effects, choose varnishes and waxes with low volatile organic compound offgassing potential (ask your paint dealer to recommend safer products) and leave the house while floors are being finished. Ventilate the house for several days. Wait until the odor is gone before returning to the house, do not just ventilate and stay in the house. If possible, have the house professionally cleaned afterward to remove sanding and dusting residue.
  • With every change in season, so should your furnace’s air filter be changed. Ideally, it is recommended to change the air filter every 3 to 6 months. To help you remember, write the date you made the change – just remember to check. Since we all get busy. it’s best to change the air filters as the season changes.
  • For other household items, choose your cleaning supplies, including laundry items, that are dye and frangrance free. Purchase linens, pillows, blinds, and curtains that are easily cleaned without affecting sensitive family members. Do your research to find certified asthma and allergy friendly products.

One last asthma and allergy friendly tip for every household: have everyone take their shoes off before entering house. When we walk outside, we pick up fertilizers, animal droppings, seasonal allergens, etc, which we bring indoors and leave wherever we walk. With babies, children, and pets playing on the carpet and bare floors, they are exposed daily – and that is not good.

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Decorating with large area rugs can be an easy, economical way to give yourhome a new look without much effort. It’s been a while since I’ve posted about a website that helps you save money and also gives you quality products. I’ve found one that offers quality large area rugs along with matching assorted sizes, too. I know you’ll like plushrugs.com as much as I do. Chandra Carona CAR-701 Rug

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Since the housing market isn’t moving, homeowners are finding ways to give their homes the feel of “new”.  My husband and I are among those who are doing so. We attempted to sell our house, but like so many others, we are forced to stay where we’ve lived for the past 23 years. Instead of putting money into a new home, we’re updating our current home…and in case we do move in a few years when things turn around, our home will be ready.Read more: Free Shipping: Discounted Quality Area Rugs

Lift Winter Blahs – Redecorate with Little Expense

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We’ve had storms every week this winter keeping a lot of us indoors. Being indoors too much, not getting enough sunlight can cause seasonal depression. What I like to do after the holidays are over and there is much more free time is to make an attempt at redecorating with as little expense as possible. After the holidays, it’s very necessary to find ways to save money!

Interior decorators recommend several ways to lift your spirits by making minor decorating changes throughout your home to fight the winter blahs of interior design. Here are some ways you can redecorate and save money, too:

  1. Change throw pillows and throws from one room to another. If you buy new ones, look for end of season sales and coupons to be used on sale items to help you save money. (When deciding on colors, look for ones that could also be used in another room when you decide to redecorate.)
  2. Rearrange groupings of collections you have on your end tables, shelves, mantle, bureaus, etc. Make new groupings – you can’t go wrong, just about anything works. No need to spend money with this redecorating technique.
  3. While you are rearranging groupings, rearrange wall hangings. Make new ones by framing photos and making new wall groupings. The frames don’t have to match. Make photos even more interesting by printing them in sepia or black and white. Don’t forget children’s artwork for new inexpemsive wall hanging options. Look for sales on frames and photo printing specials.
  4. Artificial flowers are always uplifting for the spirit. These too, can be rearranged or purchased at end of seasons for little expense. Who says daisies or tulips can’t be on your table during winter months?
  5. What I do like to purchase new are window treatments to freshen up one or two rooms each season. Warmer colors in the cooler months and cooler colors in the warmer months. My living room window treatments allow the midday sun shine in to brighten the room while adding warmth.

The best window treatments don’t have to be expensive and buying them online allows me to shop for the best selections at the best prices without using up the expensive gas in my car. No need to wait for store sales or coupons or wait for a salesperson to get around to helping me! I’ve never had to wait for customer service online. Since I can hang them myself, why pay someone else to do it?

I save a lot with my DIY home deocrating approach…and I have fun doing it which lifts my winter blahs up and away!  Have a great day!