Cleaning can be quite a chore, especially if you suffer from allergies. The last thing you want is to expose yourself to dust mites and other irritating particles when the sneezes, sniffles, and itchy, runny eyes are already persistent. But can you believe that a thorough cleaning is just what the doctor orders? If your body is too busy fighting off allergy triggers within the home, your immune system becomes overloaded and cannot tolerate seasonal outdoor allergens.
Here are some doctor recommended tips that we find helpful in terminating unwanted dust and dander for good.
- Know the Enemy
Know what triggers your reactions so that you can be ready to tackle cleaning tasks that stir them up. If you know what you are allergic to, you can target your allergy triggers and reduce your exposure to them.
- Prepare for Battle
For allergy sufferers it is always a good idea to protect your nose and mouth with a particle mask before you face cleaning challenges such as sweeping and dusting. You should even wear one while making the bed. You should always wear plastic gloves when cleaning. You can find these protective particle masks and gloves online or even in a local hardware or grocery store.
- Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
While we spend around 8-10 hours in the bedroom each day, this is where we are exposed to the most allergens. Allergy-proof casings for your mattress, box spring, and pillows can be found online or in most local department stores. You can find these casings in various materials, including cotton, so that you aren’t bothered by squeaky plastic. Bed sheets should be washed in 130 degree water every week. Yes, even decorative pillows and stuffed animals should be washed in hot water every 1-2 weeks. An easier alternative is to spin them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.
- Cut the Clutter
The cardboard boxes that find refuge in the back of your closets or the corners of your house shelter mites, dander, and other particles. Not to mention, if those cardboard boxes are water-damaged, they could be home to allergy triggers such as mold and mildew. Waterproof plastic containers are the perfect alternative.
- Picture Perfect
Picture frames can hold your favorite memories and your worst enemies. Dust particles love to hide behind those glass frames. When dusting picture frames, always be sure to wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to dust the top of frames, which is usually forgotten because you often can’t see it.
- Forget the Fragrance
People who suffer from allergies should never use scented cleaners. Cleaners with fragrances can trigger many symptoms. Always look for fragrance-free products. Organic, environmentally-friendly cleaning products will be your best bet.