Monthly Archives: May 2015

May is Asthma Awareness Month: These Tips Could Help You Breathe Easier

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Living with asthma is a way of life for one of every 14 Americans. Because there is no cure, frightening episodes of wheezing, coughing and feelings of breathlessness are part of life for those with this chronic disease. In honor of Asthma Awareness Month, Mopfrog of Brooklyn, a leading eco-friendly cleaning company, is sharing these tips to help asthma sufferers and the people who love them find ways to breathe easier.

See Your Doctor Regularly

Staying on top of asthma and keeping the symptoms under control is easiest when you work closely with your medical professionals. Regular appointments will allow your doctor to evaluate your condition, measure your lung function and keep you informed of advancements in treatment options that might help alleviate some of the discomfort of your condition.

Take Medication Exactly as Prescribed

Since asthma symptoms range from light to life threatening, some people forget or postpone taking their medication. When the medication levels are not stable, the body must work harder to compensate and this can make symptoms more uncomfortable. If you are forgetful, try setting an alarm on your phone for medication times and make sure you keep your inhaler with you at all times.

Reduce the Triggers

Since it is well known that asthma symptoms are often triggered by environmental conditions, reducing those triggers is the key to living more easily with asthma. Common elements that are known to trigger asthma attacks are:

  • Smoke, including wood, cigarette and even lingering smoke odors from second or third-hand sources
  • Pets, including pet dander
  • Pollen, especially seasonal pollen outbreaks, like ragweed and oak
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Rodent droppings
  • Molds and mildews

Reduce the impact of these triggers by avoiding settings where these triggers exist. In addition, you can breathe easier by taking steps to remove these triggers from your home environment by:

  • Designating your home, yard, office and car as no-smoking zones.
  • Bathe pets weekly to remove excess dander and wipe their coats with a damp cloth before bringing them back indoors.
  • Close your windows and use air conditioning during heavy pollen count seasons.
  • Make sure your home is kept clean and as dust-free as possible.

If it has been awhile since your home was given a top-to-bottom cleaning, consider having it professionally cleaned to remove hidden dust and dirt that can aggravate asthma symptoms. Steer clear of cleaning companies that use harsh chemical cleaners that can cause symptoms to flare. Instead, choose an eco-friendly cleaning company, like Mopfrog. They use only all- natural cleaning solutions and methods, as well as specially designed high-filtration vacuums that remove more dust particles and irritants than regular vacuums can. You will be able to breathe easier knowing that your home is clean and dust free!

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4 Pesticide-free Steps to Keeping Pests Out of the Kitchen

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Keeping pesticides out of your home is easier during the winter months when the temperatures limit both human and insect activity. When summer rolls around, however, the proliferation of flying and crawling pests can be enough to weaken your resolve and make you seriously consider a trip down the insecticide aisle at the local home improvement store. Before you pick up that aerosol can, take a moment to learn a few simple tips that will help keep your home both pesticide and insect-free.

Redouble Efforts to Remove Insect Attractants 

Although you are probably already keeping your kitchen clean, remember that crawling pests, like ants and cockroaches can make a meal out of the tiniest spill or crumb of food. Because these pests carry diseases that can cause illness and make allergy symptoms worse, it is important to take extra measures to force them to go elsewhere for nourishment. This can be accomplished by:

  • Do not leave pet food and water bowls out for extended periods of time.
  • Making sure to never leave food uncovered on the table or counters.
  • Using glass jars or airtight containers to store cereals, grains, sugars where insects cannot access them.
  • Add a bay leaf to dry goods like flour, rice and other grains to repel pantry pets.
  • Keeping a spray bottle filled with one part white vinegar to three parts water and using it to sanitize food prep areas and kitchen surfaces frequently throughout the day and before you retire for the night.
  • Sweeping up food crumbs from the floor and wet mopping to remove sticky residue.
  • Wiping the kitchen sink dry before retiring each night to remove excess water, which might provide a source of moisture roaches and ants.
  • Leave the cleaning to the professionals. Schedule recurring cleanings from Mopfrog of Atlantic City in order to keep your home naturally fresh and sparkling clean.

Create Insect Free Zones Around Windows and Doors

Houseflies, mosquitoes and many other common pests dislike the scents of lavender and mint. Use this information to create barriers that will repel insects without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides by:

  • Including potted varieties of mint on window sills to repel pests while adding minty freshness to your home.
  • Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle and using it to spritz window screens and door ways to repel houseflies and mosquitoes

Revise Fresh Produce Handling Techniques

To avoid troublesome fruit fly infestations from produce, store them safely in the fridge until needed. If you keep your fruit on the counter, check for ripening and decay since fruit flies detect the yeast produced by fermenting fruit. Remember to take the rinds and peels to the outdoor compost pile immediately or store them in the fridge or freezer until you can dispose of them.

By increasing the pressure on troublesome insects, you can relax and enjoy a pest and pesticide-free summer.

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The Fragrance Dilemma: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Unwanted Fragrances in the Products You Purchase

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As manufacturers strive to increase consumer interest in their products, they often include the addition of distinct fragrances as part of their overall marketing strategy. This means that many products designed for cleaning the home, doing laundry or taking care of personal hygiene needs now includes chemical fragrance additives. For some consumers, this deluge of fragrance is merely unpleasant, but for others it is a problem that can actually cause or worsen health conditions, such as respiratory illnesses and allergies.

The Truth About Unscented

Consumers who want to avoid fragrances in the products they purchase often reach for ones marked unscented. However, because unscented products are allowed to contain chemical masking agents that work to suppress scent, purchasing unscented products may not be the best option for those who are sensitive to chemicals or prefer a fragrance-free option.

Why Fragrance-Free is Better Than Unscented

Unlike unscented products that are allowed to contain chemical masking agents, fragrance-free products do not use either fragrances or chemical masking agents. Because some product labels use different words to denote fragrance additives, consumers should always take a moment to look through the list of ingredients for words that indicate a fragrance is included in the product recipe. These words include:

  • Fragrance or fragrance additive
  • Perfuming agent
  • Perfume
  • Parfum

In addition, be aware that although manufacturers must abide by the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), they are not required to disclose information about certain fragrances or additives that combine to create flavor and fragrance formulas considered to be a manufacturer’s trade secret.

A Simple Plan to Avoid Chemical Fragrances

The simplest way to avoid chemical fragrances or additives designed to suppress scents in the products you buy is to choose all-natural products manufactured by companies who voluntarily disclose every ingredient in their product or in which their product has been third party certified. Instead of chemical additives, these companies use natural essential oils to provide a pleasant fragrance or sell their product without the addition of any fragrance at all.

In addition, consumers can choose to learn how to use all-natural pantry ingredients that have no chemical additives and are safe for use around kids, pets and people who suffer allergies or respiratory illnesses. These items include:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice

Put it to the Test

If you have doubts that these simple ingredients can really clean and freshen your home, put it to the test by scheduling a cleaning appointment with Mopfrog of Lunenburg, an eco-friendly cleaning company that has successfully cleaned thousands of homes and businesses with natural cleaning methods. The cleaning experience you receive will convince you that your home cleaning needs really can be met with simple, natural products.

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