Healthy Home Tips

Click the rooms on the right to learn more about avoiding asthma triggers throughout your home.

Remember:

  • Keep It Dry
  • Keep It Safe
  • Keep It Clean
  • Keep It Pest-Free
  • Keep It Maintained
  • Keep It Well-Ventilated
  • Keep It Contaminant-Free
Click here for a pdf of a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

Bedroom

  • Keep stuffed animals off the bed
  • Remove stuffed animals from the bedroom
  • Wash and dry washable toys
  • Avoid using perfume, cologne, or other fragrant body products
  • Have smokers smoke outside of the home with nearby doors and windows closed
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom
  • Keep pets outside of the home
  • Wash sheets and blankets once a week in hot water
  • Remove down-filled pillows, quilts, or comforters from bedrooms
  • Remove or reduce knick-knacks and other dust collectors
  • Move large objects away from walls to increase air flow
  • Check for mold growth in places where moisture collects, such as windows or closets; open curtains and closet doors
  • Wash area rugs weekly

Bathroom

  • Use exhaust fans and open windows when showering or using cleaning products
  • Check for mold growth in places where moisture collects, such as windows or shower curtains
  • Use cleaning products with limited or no odor and scent
  • Avoid using perfume, cologne, or other fragrant body products
  • Mop hard surface floors once a week

Living Areas

  • Take shoes off at the door to reduce tracking dirt and moisture through the home
  • Use door mats at all outside doors
  • Reduce or eliminate exposure to wood smoke
  • Have smokers smoke outside of the home and make sure that nearby doors and windows are closed
  • Have smokers use a smoking jacket or long sleeved shirt, leave it outside and wash it frequently
  • Use exhaust fans and open windows when using cleaning products or painting
  • Keep pets off furniture
  • Keep pets outside the home
  • Wash your cat or dog weekly
  • Move large objects away from walls to increase air flow and circulation
  • Check for mold growth in places where moisture collects, such as windows or house plants
  • If possible, repair plumbing and roof leaks as soon as they occur, to prevent mold growth
  • Keep drip pans in the air conditioner clean and dry
  • Remove or reduce knick-knacks and other dust collectors

Kitchen

  • Use cleaning products with limited or no odor and scent
  • Avoid the use of aerosol products indoors
  • Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking, using the dishwasher, or cleaning
  • Mop hard surface floors once a week
  • Wash area rugs weekly
  • Keep drips pans in the refrigerator clean and dry
  • Check for mold growth in places where moisture may collect
  • Move large objects away from the walls to increase air flow and circulation