6 Asthma-Friendly Products for the Home

Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
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  • Before you start shopping for asthma-friendly products for your home, it’s important to identify your asthma triggers. These can include pollen, mold, dust, dust mites, cigarette and wood smoke, pet dander and certain chemicals. There are many products on the market that claim to help asthma sufferers. But they won’t reduce your symptoms if they aren’t designed for your specific trigger. For example, if dust is your trigger, special bedding may be worth the extra expense; while asthma-friendly kitchen cleansers may not. Once you know which products are your priority, look for ones that are certified as asthma and allergy friendly.

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    Cleaning Products
    Caucasian mother wearing rubber gloves washing dishes with daughter in kitchen sink

    Regularly cleaning your home is essential to removing asthma triggers like dust and pet dander. The downside is  the cleanser you use may contain chemicals that trigger asthma attacks. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has a certification program that rigorously tests products. You can find their approved products by looking for AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly® certification mark. You may have the best results with organic, natural products or homemade cleansers. Steer clear of items that have strong odors and harsh chemicals.

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    Asthma-friendly bedding is important, because most people spend a third of their day in their bedroom. Bedding can be home to dust, dust mites, and pet dander, so wash your linens weekly. You may also want to use mattress covers and pillow covers to create a barrier between you and your asthma triggers. Shop for bedding made with fabrics that are an effective allergen barrier and can be cleaned easity. Also watch out for linens containing chemicals that might irritate your asthma like pesticides, toluene and azo dyes. You should also check the label for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

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    Vacuum Cleaners

    Pet dander is a common asthma trigger, so it’s important to vacuum weekly to remove allergens from your home. AAFA certified vaccum cleaners have a high quality air filtration system that will pick up microscopic particles. Even, better look for a HEPA filter that attracts particles as small as .03 microns. Be sure the vacuum you choose doesn’t create airborne irritants when you change the bag or filter.

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    Air Purifiers
    Air Ionizer and Purifier for Allergies

    Many of the substances that trigger asthma attacks are floating in the air throughout your home. A good quality air purifier that attracts microscopic particles could help improve your asthma symptoms. Always look for the AAFA certification mark when you’re shopping. Make sure your air purifier actually removes allergans and irritants from the air, instead of just redistributing them. Also, do your homework and look for a device that doesn’t emit ozone—it can cause asthma flare-ups.

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    senior man installing insulation in house attic

    Did you know the insulation in your home can affect your asthma? Insulation carries irritants like dust, mildew, and mold. Fortunately, the AAFA has extended its certfiication to home products like insulation. Look for their stamp of approval when you’re shopping at your local hardware store or big brand home improvement center. Asthma-friendly insulation eliminates as much dust as possible from the product and must pass strict air quality tests to be certified. Some brands produce nearly 65% less dust than comparable insulations and are resistant to mold and mildew.

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    Young girl eating cereal on floor of kitchen next to labradoodle dog

    The carpet, laminate, wood, tile, vinyl, or other flooring you choose for your home can have a big impact on your asthma symptoms. When you’re replacing floor coverings look for asthma-friendly products that don’t attract allergens, are easy to clean, have low levels of VOCs, and don’t release airborne allergens during installation or cleaning. It’s a tall order, but your body will thank you for doing your homework.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2022 Sep 1
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