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How to Reduce Allergies in The Home

While you’ll see a lot of news and info popping up this time of year about pollen and reducing those allergy symptoms, the truth is “allergy season” lasts all year long. For those allergic to pets, this is no surprise. There are other risks present all year round, too. Read on to learn more about how to reduce allergies in every season. According to a recent issue of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation‘s quarterly newsletter, FreshAAIRwinter allergies come mainly from indoor sources, so be on the lookout in your home for allergen hot spots. “When windows are shut and the heater is on, less fresh air is circulated through your home and exposure to indoor allergens increases.”

How to Reduce Allergies – Check These Sources

 How to Reduce Allergies in The Home

typical allergy triggers in the home.

  • Pet Dander – Particularly concerning in the winter when your pet is likely indoors most of the time, pet dander can be a major cause of allergic reaction. Cut back on dander in the home by bathing your pet often and vacuuming your floors and furniture regularly.  If your pet is the one suffering from allergies look at your cleaning supplies.  Get rid of strong smells and go with non-toxic. Sometimes just good old fashioned floor soap works best.  Remember to wipe your dogs paws and underbelly after an outdoor walk. Having a problem with the pet bed and the odors.  Switch to an antimicrobial treated floor mat. Dr. Doormat controls the growth of microorganisms and odors. Position the mat at the doggie door and other entrances. Dogs also love sleeping on the floor mat because of the way it feels and they don’t destroy it.
  • Dust Mites – As gross at it sounds, these little buggers are everywhere. If you are allergic its likely to be more the feces of the dust mite than the actual mite.  Keep your home clean with a regular schedule – wash bedding often, dust surfaces, and stay on top of laundry.
  • Furnaces and Heating Sources – Dust and allergens accumulate in the heating and air conditioning system. Keep them serviced and change filters regularly. Follow these winter indoor air tips.
  • Carpets – Avoid wall to wall carpet, but if you have carpet and are stuck with it, at least make sure it stays as clean as possible.  Keep them cleaner by wiping shoes thoroughly on Dr. Doormat as you enter the home.  The surface of the mat will help trap allergens, pesticides and toxins and disable odor causing microorganisms (bacteria, mold, fungus) on the mat.  We can’t always guarantee how well a guest will wipe so we also recommend taking shoes off after using the antimicrobial treated doormat to reduce and minimize our exposure.  Keep a shoe rack near the welcome mat.    Vacuum your carpets regularly and steam clean as needed.  Remember to sanitize the head of the vacuum cleaner before and after you vacuum to further reduce the spread of viruses and germs.
  • Ceiling Fans – Have you cleaned them lately? Use the pillowcase trick to trap dust and dispose of it outside your home!

Cutting down on allergen exposure is the key to keeping your family breathing easy. Follow these tips for a cleaner, fresher home – all year long.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Is Cleaner Better For Allergy Sufferers?

 Is Cleaner Better For Allergy Sufferers?

The Joys of Vacuuming!

Some experts believe that exposure to a little dirt and germs help build up your immune system, so you don’t have to endlessly dust and bleach.  But experts also say you should follow some basic guidelines to defend against the irritants.  For starters, try to vacuum once or twice with a model that has a HEPA filter; this will trap pollen particles and other irritants instead of sending them back into the room at the other end of the vacuum cleaner.  I always recommend using your own vacuum cleaner, never allow a cleaning service to use their company vacuum that travels from one dirty house to another.  Some machines will allow a double bag

To reduce other irritants in the bedroom wash your bedding once a week in hot water and use dust mite covers on mattresses, pillows and box springs.  Sheets need to be changed once a week and washed in hot water.  Dust mite covers should be washed every other month or quarterly if you just don’t have time.

Did you ever feel like the dust is endless and you can’t keep up.  Equip your furnace with a heavy duty filter.  Use one with a rating between MERV 8 and MERV 11 and change it at least every two months.

 Is Cleaner Better For Allergy Sufferers?

Dirty air ducts help re-circulate the dust and animal hair throughout the house.

If you have moved into a new house that may have been occupied by a pet before you, make sure the air ducts are sucked out.  That way lingering cat or dog hair will be sucked out and not allowed to recirculate through the air conditioning or heating system.   All of these steps are basic steps to protect an allergy sufferer from obvious irritants that may impair their ability to breath.

To avoid tracking allergens through the house in the first place wipe off on Dr. Doormat.  This provides a control site to stop dirt in it’s tracks and reduce further exposure.  We keep a shoe rack in our home and remove shoes after a good wipe at the main entrance.  So this brings us back to the original question. Is cleaner better for allergy sufferers.  Yes, providing you are using cleaning supplies that do not contain harmful toxins and fragrances to cause more aggravation than if you did nothing.  A little cleaning every day can go along way to making the task a breeze and keep things under control.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Who Says A Little Dirt Won’t Hurt Her?

 Who Says A Little Dirt Wont Hurt Her?

My Baby Eating Dirt

Who says a little dirt won’t hurt her?  It’s hard to believe that I was allergic to dust all my life and never knew what house dust was made of.  I thought it was just dust.  Those innocuous little dust bunnies can be comprised of dust mites, lawn pesticides, animal feces, carcinogens, bacteria, mold, fungus and high concentrations of lead, mercury and cadmium.

Why I Took Action!
I created Dr. Doormat because I wanted to make my home as safe and healthy as possible for my children. Watching my baby play on the floor, I realized she put everything in her mouth and became concerned about what she was ingesting.

I decided to research the impact of household dirt and started looking on the internet and soon after reached out to major organizations including the American Lung Association and the EPA.  I found myself in a pool of experts and hired a home environmental engineer to help me sift through the piles of information and bring me up to speed on the issues.  I was shocked to discover that the toxins in soil and dust that we track into our homes may cause allergies, asthma, learning disabilities and even cancer.  When I learned that doormats only compound the problem and over time becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, microbes, mold and other pollutants, I felt compelled to take action and create the first doormat to bar harmful allergens, toxins and pollutants from entry.    

After two years of research, lab tests, field studies and consulting with microbiologists and home environmentalists, I launched Dr. Doormat, the first antimicrobial treated doormat for home use  — Third party lab studies showed that after wiping shoes thoroughly (at least twice) on Dr. Doormat you can remove up to 99% of the debris from the soles of your shoes.  The decisions I had to make when designing the mat were all tied to solving a problem without creating a bigger one.  For me it was all about protecting the ones I love and safety had to come first.  I learned quickly that not all antimicrobials are equal.  The technology that I eventually chose for Dr. Doormat was unique and did not poison the microbes or leach into the environment.  The antimicrobial formula is infused into the yarn of the doormat, creating a positive bio-static barrier. It pulls the negatively charged microbe down upon its surface like a magnet and through a physical mode of action (like popping a balloon with a pin), disables the “odor causing” microorganism on the mat on contact

Recently I was having dinner with a friend and expert who specializes in the research of infectious diseases in Washington, DC.  We respect each others opinion and the discussions are always healthy and lively.  He strongly takes the side that being exposed to dirt and germs is good for your body and allows the body to build up a stronger immune system.  I stated my case and presented him with a three ring binder of the field studies and research I had compiled.  The research shows that toxins, pesticides, heavy metals and even broken glass are included in that so called healthy dose of household dust.  When we finished dinner and our discussion he admitted that he had not considered the other elements and didn’t want his children exposed to those dangers.  Even my husbands mouth dropped when he said he wanted a Dr. Doormat and asked me what colors and sizes are available.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Weclome to the Dr. Doormat Blog

 Weclome to the Dr. Doormat Blog It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of our new Blog at Dr. Doormat. Many of you email and call me with your comments, questions and much appreciated support. Now, I’m excited that we have a new way to communicate. Since 2002 when I began to research various ways to clean up my home environment for my family, I uncovered a wealth of information and felt a responsibility to share what I learned with friends and family. This long journey of developing Dr. Doormat has not only been an adventure in business but an opportunity to fulfill a mission and help so many people learn about the issues of how to manage their home environment. I plan to include health tips, share relevant articles that I think you would find useful and share with you an under the hood view of running my business and balancing family life. I will invite guest blogger experts like Allergists, Veterinarians, Medical Advisors, Professional Housekeepers and Environmentalists and real Moms among others to contribute. I will also occasionally recommend products and techniques to help us through the seasons. I believe it takes a village to raise a family and I would like you to be part of mine.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.