Cleaning With Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly™ Products – Designing Spaces

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Asthma and allergies affect
millions of Americans. Today, we look at asthma and
allergies in the home and what you can do to make members of
your family with allergies live a healthier and more comfortable
lifestyle. We just moved into a new house
and we’re finally settled, but the previous owner had a dog.
I love animals, but my son and I have allergies so we’ve got to
do something. Here we are in the living room.
There are many allergens that are hidden.
You’re scaring me. (laughter).
Let me give you an example. This is the show all about you
and your space. Your home and surroundings.
We are Designing Spaces. (music).
Asthma and allergies affect 1 out of every 4 people, and it
affects 1 out of every 3 households.
Well, chances are either you or someone you love falls within
that group. On Designing Spaces today, we
have solutions on how you can reduce the allergy and asthma
triggers within your home. Here with some great ideas is
Michelle Cassalia from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America. Michelle, so good to have you
here on Designing Spaces. Thank you for having me.
So, let’s start off by talking about what you do, and how
you’re helping so many people with asthma and allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is the
largest, oldest non-profit patient organization in the
world. We provide practical tips,
guides and resources for patients, for children, for
family members, school educators, even policy makers.
Yeah, it’s a great resource. Yes.
You know, when we think of allergens, we think of outside.
Most people think of pollen. You know, you think of the
outdoors, but I’m sure there’s allergens within the home.
Yes, there is, unfortunately. Some of those allergens may be
lurking in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom – I like
how you say lurking. I’m like uh oh and scared.
(laughter). Well, they can be hidden or they
can be out in the open. Right.
Okay. It could be in your mattress
pad, your pillows. Ahh, things we wouldn’t think
of. Your attics, windowsills,
basements. Got a lot of cleaning to do.
Okay, so what should we be doing in the home.
Well, come on. Let me show you.
Okay, sounds good. Here we are in the living room.
There are many allergens that are hidden.
You’re scaring me. (laughter).
Let me show you an example. Uh oh.
Ugh! Okay, that looked clean before
you did that. And we all have throw pillows.
We do, but not all vacuum cleaners, not all dust cleaners,
not all cleaning products are the same.
Okay. If you go to the asthma and
allergy friendly guide website, you can find a host of products
and services that have been certified to be asthma and
allergy friendly. We’ve done all the work for you.
I like that. So you did the research, found
the best products and services that way we can just go there
and choose. And, we have the seal on it.
When you’re out and about shopping, you look for that
seal. Our logo, and you know that it’s
been certified. Okay, perfect.
Yes. That makes it a little easier.
Absolutely. Okay, and I notice you brought a
couple here too, just to give us an idea.
Yeah, take a look. Look at this.
Oh my goodness. You know you don’t see it when
you just look at the table, but when you did that…
Absolutely. And you remember those old
feather dusters? Yes.
Yeah, dust everywhere. They didn’t really do much.
One of our certified products, it looks like a feather duster,
but it’s actually trapping the dust.
It’s nice. Exactly.
It holds it, it keeps the particles in.
Right. Doesn’t release any dust mites.
You’re good to go. What’s a good example of
allergens in the living room? Now, I know you mentioned the
bedroom earlier, so I’m scared that, but can you show me some
examples of where they can lurk in the bedroom?
I would love to. Okay, let’s go.
Here we are in a typical bedroom.
In a bedroom, sometimes you can find dust mites, moisture and
mold. Wow, really?
Yes. So, it’s a good idea to take a
look and buy a mattress pad for your mattress, to keep out the
dust mites and the moisture. Okay.
They also make encasements for your pillows.
Really? Yes.
How often should we change out our mattress and our pillow?
A good tip is to change your mattress every ten years, and to
change your pillows every five years.
Good tip. Okay.
So, where else would these allergens be lurking in our
bedroom? You can find more allergens in
stuffed animals. Maybe in your children’s room.
Really? In the stuffed animal?
Yes. Actually in the stuffed animal.
An idea might be to go to our website at and you can
take a look and find some great tips, and great services or
products. For example, we do have a
certified allergy and asthma friendly stuffed animal, but
it’s okay if you have other stuffed animals.
You can throw them in the washing machine just to wash
them. Absolutely.
We also offer vacuums and we also offer washing machines that
have been certified. Oh my goodness, you guys really
did all the work. We did.
You did. I love it.
Okay. Well, I have to thank you so
much for being here and giving us tips for things we might not
have thought of. Thanks for having me.
It was a lot of eye-opening tips, and we love being able to
show our viewers ways to have healthier homes by just making a
few minor changes, and that’s what it was all about.
That’s what it takes. So thank you so much for being
here. Thanks for having me.
Appreciate it. Well, if you missed any of what
we covered, just head over to our website at You can also find us on Facebook
and Twitter. Thanks for joining us today.
We’ll see you soon. (music).
With increasing numbers of Americans affected by allergies
and asthma, it is important that households understand what can
be done to reduce the triggers that cause an attack.
Armed with the right knowledge, services and tools, we want your
home to be a healthy and comfortable one.
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