Everyone knows pollen can be an allergy trigger, but are you aware of the allergens found within your home? These culprits include common household cleaning products and environmental triggers like dust mites, mold, pet dander and secondhand smoke.
Green cleaning is one important way to
reduce indoor asthma and allergy triggers.
While cooking, use exhaust fans to reduce cooking fumes and to limit moisture. Keep all food in sealed containers and dispose of expired, out of date items. Seasonally, wipe down the inside of refrigerators and utensil drawers. In all of these kitchen areas, baking soda is the best option for an all-purpose cleaner.
Use dust mite-proof covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs and wash sheets and blankets regularly in 130° F water. When vacuuming, be sure to use a closed-cannister vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. Things such as knickknacks and books that may collect dust should be removed from bookcases and shelves and wiped down thoroughly.
Having an exhaust fan is an easy way to control the moisture in the bathroom when showering. Avoid use of aerosol sprays such as hairspray or bathroom deodorizers. And, make your own natural and effective bathroom cleaner using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix or baking soda and water paste.
Regularly check for water damage or leaks and use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness. If mold or mildew is spotted, spray straight vinegar on the wall, let it dry, and do not rinse.
In February the American Academy of Pediatrics set new guidelines for identifying and treating ear infections in children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the guidelines indicating a possible treatment for an ear infection are now more clearly defined. Observation and close follow-up are encouraged first instead of antibiotic treatment for many children, including those under the age of two. When dealing with recurrent ear infections, the guidelines advise doctors and parents when it is time to see a specialist.
These new guidelines were set in hopes of decreasing antibiotic use. The biggest change in the new guidelines compared to the last guidelines that were issued in 2004 is the definition of the diagnosis itself. Even though the diagnosis is now more clear-cut and precise, it can still become tricky because of the different stages of an ear infection.
If you have a child that suffers from frequent ear infections ask your pediatrician about these new guidelines and how that might impact their treatment of your child.
March is just right around the corner and for the third year in a row Maid Brigade will be collecting gently used books to be donated to Akron Children’s Hospital and Hands of Hope.
This year we have partnered with The Canton Charge to expand our reach into the Greater Canton and Great Akron areas.
Each cleaning visit during the month of March, Maid Brigade cleaning teams will pick up your donations but there will also be drop boxes at the following locations:
Maid Brigade Office: 1506 Whipple Ave NW, Canton
Canton Civic Center: 1101 Market Ave N Canton
SarahCare: 6199 Frank Ave. N.W., North Canton
Miller Rental: 4705 Tuscarawas St W, Canton,
Maid Brigade of Northeast Ohio will be in person at the Canton Charge games accepting your donations on March 2 and March 31 during Fan Appreciation Day.
We look forward to seeing you in March and together we will bring the joy of reading to children around the Canton and Akron areas.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Marge Toombs, co-owner of Maid Brigade Northeast Ohio will again be available to answer your cleaning questions live on My Beautiful Home this Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11am est.
Tune your radio to WAKR, 1590 AM radio if you are in the Canton/Akron Ohio area from 11:00-11:30am to ask your home cleaning questions.
Host Andy January facilitates the show while Margie offers her thoughts, advice and tips for Green Cleaning without using harmful chemicals.
Have a tough cleaning stain or hard to clean object in your home? Listen live on the web or your radio this Saturday.
Both the cold and the flu will put you flat on your back but often we wonder what the difference is.
The Flu comes on suddenly and includes a fever. Normal body temperatures are around 98.1F and when you have the flu that will rise quickly to around 102F.
The best thing to do if you have either the cold or flu is to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids like water and/or juice. The next best thing to do is stay home.
So often people feel they need to power through and continue their normal work/school/business schedule. Not only are you running the risk of getting those around you sick, but you may also be prolonging your own illness.
Make sure you check with your doctor before taking any medicine and remember – an apple a day really is a good thing! Here are 10 reasons an apple a day is a good thing for your health.
Remember Maid Brigade if you are flat on your back with the flu. We’ll come in and take care of cleaning your home while you are under the weather. Just give us a call. 330-453-6000.