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Allergy-Friendly Cleaning Products

Is it a cold or an allergy?More people are turning to natural cleaning products or making their own. Caroline Wood finds out why.

As well as thinking about what and where to clean, consider how you are cleaning. Many cleaning products contain chemicals and strong fragrances that may irritate your skin or cause allergies.

To save money and know exactly what ingredients are in your cleaning products, try making your own. Cheap items found in your kitchen, such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, can be used to make a host of cleaning products.

This kind of back-to-basics cleaning is becoming more popular, as New Zealand’s Green Goddess Wendyl Nissen has shown with her popular books. She has some great all-natural cleaning product recipes on her website, including a window cleaner, furniture polish and even a dishwashing powder. See wendylsgreengoddess.co.nz for details.

Wellington-based Maid by Me has developed simple kits to make it easier for people to mix their own healthier cleaning products, including a cleaning scrub and laundry gel. All the hard work is done as the ingredients are pre-measured and supplied with easy-to-use instructions.

Co-founder Rebecca Jackson said: “We started the company because we wanted home cleaning products that we felt comfortable using around our allergic children. A lot of people are interested in making their own cleaning products but didn’t know the measurements so we have created simple and easy kits with our proven recipes to help others.” See www.maidbyme.co.nz to find out more.

If making your own cleaning products is not for you, check out the Sensitive Choice scheme for products approved by the Asthma Foundation as being allergy and asthma-friendly. For example Aware laundry products are fragrance free and don’t contain ingredients implicated in triggering skin allergies. See www.asthmafoundation.org.nz.

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Issue: Spring 2013