Suffering From Allergies? Try These Cleaning Tips!

Suffering from allergies can be a huge pain in the you know what. So whether it’s you or someone else in your house that is suffering, it’s important to clean your house right in order to reduce the risk misery of common household allergies. Some common household allergens are dust, mold, insects, pollen, and pet dander. 
As part of your new allergy management plan, regular weekly cleaning in your home is imperative. When it comes to allergies, even the tiniest amount of dust or pet hair can trigger them bringing them into full force sneezing, itching, and coughing. If cleaning is neglected for several weeks, you might need to hire some help. 
Aside from scheduling regular cleanings, It’s also important to make sure you are using the proper tools and products to trap allergens and prevent exposure to anything that might cause you to have an allergic reaction.

What Cleaning Products Should I Use?

Fun fact: A lot of cleaning products can irritate your allergies causing your symptoms to worsen. You want to look for cleaning products that contain the fewest chemicals possible. These are cleaning products that are unscented and all natural. 
Limit products that include:
  • Ammonia
  • D-limonene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sodium hypochlorite or lauryl sulfate
Start using products such as:

What Tools Should I Use?

  • Vacuum: If you have a bagless vacuum you should wash it out after each use in order to prevent allergic particle buildup. If your vacuum has a bag, try to double bag it, that way you catch as much debris as possible. There is also a product on the market called the fabric allergen sanitizer vacuum. These type of vacuums use ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria, dust mites and eliminate potential allergens from fabric surfaces. If you suffer from extreme allergies, this might be a good investment for you to make. 
  • Microfiber Cloths and Mops: Not only are paper towels expensive, they don’t attract dust like a microfiber rag will. This is the reason most cleaning companies use them. That, and it reduces cost. The same principle applies to microfiber mop heads. They will pick up more than a regular mop head. And all you need to do when you’re finished is pop them in the washer, and put them away for the next cleaning. 
  • Dust Wipes: True to their name synthetic dusting wipes and wands attract dust like no other. They create static cling that will hold the dust until it can be disposed of in the trash. They are good to keep on hand just in case the dust bunnies start piling up right before your eyes. 
  • Laundry Products: When choosing laundry detergents, look for products that are dye-free and unscented. Often times the dye and scent that is in detergents can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Another option is for you to make your own laundry detergent. 

Where Should I Clean?

You should be cleaning everywhere! It doesn’t matter if your allergies are year-round or seasonal. A clean house is a happy house. But since you are suffering from allergies, you should be paying more attention to where you clean and how often you do it. 
Here are 8 places you should be cleaning a house full of allergies:
  • Change your air filters monthly
  • Wipe down surfaces often when cooking in the kitchen, wipe down surfaces after each use
  • If you are a smoker, don’t smoke inside your home
  • If you have pets, bath them as much as possible along with their bedding, leashes, and collars
  • Vacuum every room weekly at the very least
  • Keep the clutter to a minimum 
  • Deep clean bathrooms at least twice a week
  • Change and wash your bedding weekly

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