9 Cleaning Tips For Dealing With Allergies
Keeping your home clean becomes even more important when somebody in the house has allergies but cleaning the wrong way or with the wrong cleaning supplies can actually make their allergies worse—and even the act of cleaning can move around allergens and cause a reaction.
The best way to prevent allergic reactions is to remove allergens as much as possible and have someone without allergies do most/all of the cleaning. Of course, some allergens will inevitably find their way into the home and sooner or later the person with allergies will have to do some cleaning, but you can minimize the risk of allergic reactions with a few simple steps.
Start by avoiding the following ingredients in cleaning products:
* Sodium lauryl sulphate
* Sodium hypochlorite
* Chemical fragrances
And replacing them with these cleaning products:
* Vinegar and salt for surfaces
* Baking soda on carpet to remove odors
* Baking soda and water for baby bottles
* Olive oil or lemon juice with vegetable oil for furniture care (especially wood polishing)
You’ll notice that all of these cleaning products are probably already lying around your house for use in the kitchen. Most of the time you’ll only need to use a small amount of these highly powerful natural cleaners.
Reducing allergens around the home
It’s impossible to keep your home completely allergen free all the time, but you can reduce the amount of allergens in your home with regular cleaning. If you or somebody in your house has allergies, you should be extra careful to vacuum all carpeted areas regularly—ideally once a week—and to regularly wash all blankets and bed linens. You should also take extra care to avoid leaving food out and to keep everything sealed properly. Staying in control of the amount of clutter laying around your home to collect dust is also essential.
Make smart decisions
You can also make it easier to clean up allergens by only purchasing machine washable rugs, switching your drapes/blinds out for roll shades, taking your shoes off before you go into the house, and keeping pets out of the bedroom.
Use the right vacuum cleaner
Check if your vacuum cleaner features a HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filter which successfully keeps the harmful particles and allergens from escaping once they’re inside the vacuum. Additionally, your vacuum should have a dirt bag with auto-seal so that you’re not exposed to the dust even when disposing of the bag.
Pay attention to your couch, pillows and bed
Remove tiny dust mites and concealed bed bugs by regularly vacuuming your bed, pillows and sofa. To destroy the bugs, you will need to wash your sheets, blankets and pillowcases in hot water, or you can wrap your linens in plastic and keep them in the freezer for several days.
Clean your carpet and rugs
It’s best to get your carpet and rugs dry cleaned than washed as they might not dry out completely after washing. As for rugs, they will need to be taken outside and beaten on both sides to remove all dust.
Get rid of moisture
Moisture can encourage some pests to invade your home and it can also lead to mold growth. Keep your home dry by using a dehumidifier which does a great job of reducing moisture. It would also help if you open all the windows and let your rooms air out from time to time.
If you do encounter a mold problem, use a bleach solution to scrub moldy walls and floors, then let the area dry. Make sure you’re properly dressed for cleaning with goggles, gloves and boots, and your face covered by a protective mask. Professional cleaners can also do this kind of specialized cleaning for you.
Give your shelves and furniture a good dusting
Meticulously dust your shelves, tabletops and any other surfaces and include any small items like books, knick-knacks and photo frames. Use cloths made of microfiber. Dust particles cling to these cloths unlike regular cloths that just scatter the dust around the room. Don’t forget to vacuum after.
Whether you personally have allergies or are dealing with someone who has them, all of these tips will surely help with reducing irritation.
Have any additional tips for cleaning a home that houses a person suffering from allergies? Comment them down below, we’d love to hear them!
Holly Nunan is an Australian mother of three and life-long allergy sufferer. Holly has devoted hundreds of hours into researching ways to lessen the impact of allergies, given her experience and that of her youngest child, who also suffers from Asthma as a result of her surrounding environment. When Holly is not allergy-fighting, you can find her blogging at HealthRelieving.com.