We might not be sick but allergies sure can make us feel like it. These cleaning tips are ways to keep the evil lingering grasps of allergies.
Dust It, Dust It All!
Invest in electrically charged dusters. Start from the highest spots and work your way down. many folks are allergic to dust mites (they live in dust). Signs of dust mite allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Many people with dust mite allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Keep Thy Air Clear
Keeping a routine on switching out air filters is must to maintaining clean air in the home or work space (typically 3-6 months). Never go cheap on air filter always buy the best rated filters. Change bed sheets regularly. Invest in a workhorse vacuum with a HEPA filter. Having a good vacuum and using it often will keep the air in your home clean.
• Don't use scented cleaners or detergents. Fragrances in cleaners can trigger symptoms.
• Use air-conditioning. An air conditioner will filter the air, preventing dust, dirt, pollens, molds, and other triggers from getting in.
• Vacuum once or twice a week.
Keep thy Home Dry
Mold in the home can be harmful, it also works like a ‘grease-fire” for allergens. Best way to avoid mold is to keep your place clean and dry. Clean up all spills and standing water as soon as possible. Use control air to keep your home dry, and always run your bathroom fans during and after a shower or bath.
• Keep the bathroom and kitchen free of mold.
Beware Opened Windows
Opening a window on the warm days is also an invitation for allergens to infest your house.
• Get rid of your drapes or horizontal blinds. They trap both dust and allergens.
Clean thy Hounds
Pets that live inside the house need to be groomed regularly. Animals can carry allergens in their fur, keeping them clean will reduce allergy symptoms. Caged critters, need their bedding cleaned frequently.
• Keep pets out of the bedroom. It's a key way to protect yourself from dander. Don't ever let pets sleep on the bed if you have pet allergies.
Guard thy Bedroom
Reduce allergy triggers from the bedroom by keeping your mattresses, box springs, quilts, comforters, and pillows in allergen-proof fabric or airtight plastic covers. Change bedding every weekly.
• Get special bedding. Use dust-proof covers on your mattress and pillows to keep dust mites out.
• Wash sheets weekly in hot water. Make sure it's at least 130 F. That's hot enough to kill dust mites. If your child has allegrics, do the same with any washable stuffed animals.
• Cut clutter. Piles of boxes or clothing can trap dust and hide allergens.
• Clean or change out rugs. Rugs and carpets can trap allergens. Get smaller, washable rugs that you can toss into the laundry.
• Don't air-dry laundry. Clothing left outside will pick up pollen and mold.
• Use a damp cloth and mop when cleaning. They'll trap allergens instead of knocking them into the air.
• Clean outside entryways. The cleaner your path is the less likely someone is to track dust into your house.
• Don't shampoo carpets. The leftover moisture could cause mold growth or increase dust mites.
• Take shoes off before you go in the house.