The troubles of modern allergies can be somewhat alleviated if you get rid of the triggers present in your home. Doing that will help you relieve the symptoms as well as as providing you with an excellent way of cleaning your home. You should avoid making the most common of mistakes such as using scented cleaners – these will make the situation a lot worse. Up next are a few ways you can keep your home clean as well as your allergies away from you:
• Vacuum often enough with a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner. A regular one won’t work since some allergens are simply too small to be caught by the filters. This means something very simple – every time you vacuum you put more allergens in the air than you clean out. What happens next is you breathe them in and the cycle continues.
• Declutter your home. Any boxes, clothing or excessive amounts of decoration act as a wonderful vantage point for dust, housing dust mites and cockroaches. You don’t want those around your home right?
• Wearing a mask can help protect you from airborne allergens when you leave your home. It can also be used while you work at home, cleaning, dusting and doing chores.
• You should do your best to keep your kitchen and bathroom free of mold. Scrub any tiles on a regular basis, wash the shower curtains in the washing machine and generally do your best to avoid the forming of mold.
• Wash your sheets often in hot water. It must be hot enough to kill dust mites and that is why the temperature must be above 130°F (54°C). If your child has allergies you must make sure their stuffed animals also get a similar treatment.
• Avoid using any cleaners and detergents containing scents. These fragrances can really serve as a trigger for most allergies. Look for products free of those so you can avoid them.
• Forget about air drying laundry. If you are allergic and you leave your laundry outside it will only pick up pollen. You can use a dryer instead with unscented dryer sheets.
• When you’re cleaning you should always use a damp cloth or a mop, especially when dusting. They will catch the dust and allergens instead of letting them roam the air.
• Always remember to clean any outside entryways by vacuuming or sweeping them. If your patio is clean then it will be more difficult for people to bring in pollen in.
• If possible don’t shampoo your carpets as the moisture left from such a treatment will increase the risk of growing mold.
• Ask family members or friends to help you with the cleaning if that is possible. This will minimize your exposure to allergens and you will have an easier time with all tasks involved.
• Remove the rugs from your home as they can trap allergens. Having a simply vinyl, hardwood or tile floor will let you reduce your exposure.
• Set up dust-proof covers for your pillows and mattress so you can keep the dust mites out.
• Remove any drapes or horizontal inside blinds as they are great at trapping dust and allergens. Use roll shades instead if possible.
• Keep your shoes outside your home so you don’t track allergens inside.
• Keep pets out of your bedroom as they shed dander which dust mites feed on.
Stella Benett is a 32 years old passionate blogger and freelancer but before all she is a lovely mother and wife. As every housewife Stella has no free time and often does a lot of things at the same time. She loves cleaning her house in Roehampton because it gives her a sense of ‘pleasure’ and ‘achievement’.