If you’re an allergy sufferer, you’ll no doubt be more than aware of how dust and other things inside your home, can aggravate your symptoms. You may even have to be careful as to what cleaning products you use.
This can make cleaning your home a bit of a minefield, but with these simple tips, you can still have a clean home while minimizing your allergy symptoms:
Make a cleaning schedule
Some areas of your home may need to be cleaned more often to keep dust and other pollutants at bay. Creating a house cleaning schedule and sticking to it, can help ensure that your allergies are kept under control while at home.
Clutter simply gathers dust, and what is dust not good for? Allergy sufferers! If you need to keep some items, place them inside a closet or cabinet – this will make cleaner quicker and easier, too.
Tackle your bedroom first
Since you might be spending as much as 10 hours a day in your bedroom, it’s important to make this space as free from allergens as possible. Wash and change your bedsheets weekly to keep dust mites to a minimum, and try swapping your pillow covers and sheets with hypoallergenic ones. When cleaning, start at the top of the room and work your way down, and don’t forget to vacuum underneath all bedroom furniture.
Then focus on the bathroom
With so much moisture and humidity in a bathroom, mold and mildew can quickly and easily breed there and aggravate your allergies. Take the time to wipe the shower and other tiled surfaces down after every use, hang towels out to dry and leave the bathroom door open to help ventilate the space, or open a window if you have one.
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Clean hidden spots in your kitchen
Behind the refrigerator and under the sink, are just two examples of where dust and dirt can hide in a kitchen. Clean these areas frequently and if you suspect a leak in any of the kitchen pipes that’s causing mold to build up, you should get it fixed right away. Clean under and behind all appliances and wipe countertops as often as possible. Shelves and drawers with crumbs and dust can attract pests, so make sure to empty them and clean them out.
Remove any allergens from living spaces
Don’t allow dust to accumulate in living spaces by vacuuming and dusting with a microfiber cloth regularly. If you share your home with pets, you might need to vacuum more often, and have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. You should also clean your ceiling fans and have a HVAC technician assess the condition, and filter, of your heating and cooling system.
Use cleaning products that are hypoallergenic
Read the labels of the cleaning products you choose to buy to make sure it doesn’t contain anything that might affect your allergies. If a product has a strong smell, then it likely has a chemical in it which may be an irritant.
Prevent allergens from entering your home
Have everyone remove their shoes before entering your home, and keep entrances clean to stop allergens at the door.
If cleaning aggravates your allergy symptoms, why not have a cleaning company get the place clean for you? They’ll likely use hypoallergenic products themselves, and if you hire them on a regular basis, dust and other irritants may never be a problem.