If you or someone in your household is suffering from allergies, you need to take extra measures in reducing the allergens in your home. These allergens can lurk in the home in places that you may not think about. In order to ease your allergy symptoms, your house must be cleaned properly. Here are some helpful tips on how you can clean your home effectively to alleviate some of those symptoms.
Ideally, the individual who has terrible allergy symptoms should not be cleaning the house. That is because dust mites and particles are loosened and get airborne during the cleaning process, and the individual will suffer severe symptoms. If there is no one else who can do the cleaning, then the individual must take extra precaution, like wearing a mask and even goggles so that the allergens will not cause nasal and eye irritation.
Some household cleaners can cause an allergic reaction. If that is the case, organic and natural cleaning products should be used instead of products made from synthetic chemicals. However, even if a cleaner is not the direct cause of the allergy, it can cause an irritation that resembles an allergy. Symptoms like watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and skin rashes can be caused by the cleaning agent. Products that should be avoided are ones that contain ammonia, d-limonene, formaldehyde, sodium hypochlorite, and sodium lauryl sulfate. A lot of cleaning products contain one or more of these ingredients. Therefore, look at the ingredient labels of your disinfectants, detergents, furniture polish, soaps, and any all-purpose cleaner. Try to avoid products that contain these common irritants.
You should use products that contain green ingredients. However, some organic ingredients can still exacerbate those allergy sufferers who are extra sensitive. Therefore, ingredients in green cleaners should also be scrutinized. Better yet, you can make your cleaning agent with vinegar and baking soda. For example, baby bottles can be cleaned by using baking soda and water. A surface cleaner can be made from vinegar and salt. Just plain baking soda sprinkled on carpet can deodorize the fibers. You do not have to use the heavily scented carpet deodorizers.
It is impossible to rid your home of all allergens, but regular cleaning in the proper way can reduce allergens in the indoor space.
As you are cleaning and dusting, make a point to reduce your clutter. Dust and allergens can settle on any surface. The more clutter you have, the more surfaces on which the dust can settle. It is easier to wipe down a big, single surface instead of a group of smaller surfaces.
Vacuuming should regularly be done. Carpet, area rugs, and curtains can collect dust, dirt and pet dander. Regular vacuuming will control the allergens from collecting on these surfaces. Frequent vacuuming will also keep them looking clean and new longer. Your vacuum should have an HEPA filter so that the microscopic particles can be captured and not released back into the air.
Your bed linen should be laundered every week in hot water to kill microscopic skin mites, and that come from dandruff and skin. Blankets and throws rugs also need to be regularly washed as well.
Damp bath towels should not be kept in a dark bathroom. Mold breeds in dark and damp environments, and towels are the ideal places for harboring it. If you do not wash your towels every day, hang them up to dry in a room that has light and which is well-ventilated. Even better would be hanging them out to dry on a clothesline.
Watch out for surfaces in your bathrooms and kitchen areas that can harbor mold. These rooms are frequently subjected to wet conditions, and mold will take the opportunity to grow. Clean counter surfaces, grout, and anywhere where mold can be trapped.
Bugs can leave droppings that can be an allergen. Bugs are attracted to food. Make sure that all rooms, including the kitchen, do not have crumbs or food particles on the floor or surfaces.
With a cleaner house, allergy symptoms can be reduced. Making an effort in controlling insects and pests, preventing mold from growing, and dusting effectively will go a long way in easing your allergies.