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Sneezing, coughing, watery eyes. These sound familiar? They’re common allergy complaints. Our home can be trigger for these symptoms with its collection of dust, dust mites, mold, pollen and animal dander. We clean our homes to keep these allergens at bay. But be careful, especially if you or your family members suffer from dust allergens, your cleaning efforts don’t backfire.

If you suffer from allergies, it would be best to have someone in the household who doesn’t have dust allergies do the cleaning. However if you suffer from allergies and must do the cleaning, it can be of help to use products that are less likely to cause allergy symptoms. Since many cleaning products can cause allergy like symptoms for some, as they can act as an irritant.

Knowing what and how to clean can not only reduce allergens in the air, but also alleviate suffering and minimize reliance on allergy medications.

Here are some ways to keep your house clean and your allergies under control.

 

Vacuum

Vacuum once or twice a week, vacuum high-traffic areas including kitchen, pathways. If you have pets, vacuum daily. Pick the right vacuum when you are allergic to dust particles. With regular vacuum, some tiny dust particles, you are kicking them up into the air instead of sucking into the bag. Make sure you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which is designed to keep dust in the vacuum instead of blowing up into the air.

Cleaning behind dressers, beds, couches and other large pieces of furniture that remain stationary is paramount in reducing allergies. Tackle these tasks a minimum of once every three months

 

Cut clutter

The more things you have in your home you don’t use, more dust you’ll have. Dust settles in cluttered areas that are tough to clean like magazine stack under the coffee table or shelf full of decorative figurines. Start with ridding your homes of any unnecessary clutter and wipe away dust from figurines.

 

Don’t dust dry

Dusting in and of itself is not very helpful if you’re just disseminating dust back in the air. Use damp cloth or mop to wipe down surfaces so that dust particles and other allergens stick to mop instead of flying in the air.

 

Cleaning your bathroom

The most dangerous allergens in your bathroom are mold and mildew.  A little prevention effort in the bathroom can work a long way towards healthy bathroom space. Keep your bathroom dry and avoid fully carpeted bathroom. Scrub tiles regularly. Run an exhaust fan or dehumidifier to keep the bathroom humidity below 50 percent. Leave the bathroom door open so the space can air out. Don’t forget the shower curtains. Wash them weekly in the washer set 130 degrees or higher temperature. This will reduce the amount of mold growth in the bathroom.

 

Cleaning the bedroom

Even when you are outside for a second, pollens and other allergens can attach to you. When you climb into the bed, you bring allergens into your bed. To rid your bedroom of allergens, change linens and wash bed sheets, pillowcases and blankets weekly in a hot water. Make sure it’s at least 130 degrees F, that’s hot enough to kill dust mites. Don’t hang bedding outside to dry if you have allergies.

 

Use natural cleaners

Scented cleaners or detergents have chemical that can be irritating to your already sensitive nose. Choose green or natural cleaners, but read the labels carefully as some of these products still contain irritating substances.

You can use of warm water and vinegar solution to mop the surfaces. You can clean just about anything in your homes with baking soda and vinegar in different concentration.

 

Don’t air dry laundry

No matter how much you love the idea of letting clothes dry in the natural sunlight, stay away from an outdoor clothesline. If you are pollen or mold allergic and have clothes out there, they will pick up pollen and you’ll be exposed in high quantities to those allergens. Any clothes that can’t go in the dryer should hang dry indoors.

 

Cleaning the entryway

A good way to reduce allergens in your home is to prevent them from coming in. Cleaner patio or entryway means it is less likely to track pollens and other allergens into your home. Have no shoes inside the house policy and place shoes on the mat which you wash frequently.

 

Don’t shampoo carpets

Shampooing a carpet obviously means getting your carpet wet.  If the carpet is not completely dry, it could cause mold growth or increase dust mites.  It should be left to professional cleaner, where things gets cleaned up and dried as quickly as possible.

Change filters

Keeping windows and doors open not only invites in fresh air, but also allergens. So, most people use ACs to control temperature and amount of allergens that can get inside. But if you forget to clean filters regularly, allergens that have creep in and are trapped in the filter will still pollute indoor air.

One of the most commonly overlooked places to clean, are light switches. It is recommended to wipe down your light switches. They’re a highly touched surface that’s often left off the cleaning list. Just take an antibacterial wipe to them a few times a month.

 

Wear a mask and gloves when you clean. Follow these simple tips to clean your home to alleviate suffering and reduce allergens in your home. And when you’re done with your housework, leave the house for a few hours. It will limit your exposure to allergies you kicked up into the air.

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