Whether you or someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma year-round or just seasonally, there are ways you can reduce the misery of sneezing, itchy eyes and throat and respiratory distress by cleaning correctly to remove allergens. Allergens can be any substance that causes an allergic reaction. Common household allergens are dust mites and insect droppings, pollen, pet dander and molds.
Regular weekly cleaning of your home is an important part of an allergy management plan.
Reduce Allergens in the Entire House
- Control indoor temperature and humidity. Dust mites and mold spores like heat and humidity. By maintaining a temperature between 68˚F (20˚C) and 72˚F (22˚C) and a humidity level of no more than 50%, you can reduce their growth.
- Use small particle filters in central heating and cooling systems and in room air conditioners. Change or clean the filters monthly.
- Control pests like insects and mice. Use traps or a professional exterminator and seal any cracks that may allow them into the home.
- Remove clutter and dust catchers from living spaces.
- Do not allow smoking anywhere within the home.
- Keep pets outside as much as possible. Bathe indoor pets at least weekly and wash their bedding weekly.
Reduce Allergens in the Bedroom
Since we spend so many hours in our bedrooms surrounded by lots of soft, dust-catching surfaces, it is essential to clean everything weekly.
Start with the bed and bedding. Sheets, pillowcases and blankets should be washed at least once a week in hot water. If you have allergies, never hang bedding outside to dry. The outdoor pollens will come in with the sheets. Choose washable bedspreads or comforters and encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust mite-proof cases. Pillows should be…
Reduce Allergens in the Bathroom
The most dangerous allergens in bathrooms are mold and mildew. You can halt and remove mildew growth with chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide or a commercial mildew cleaner. Always read directions carefully and NEVER mix different chemicals.
To remove mildew build-up, mix a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part bleach. Wearing rubber gloves and ventilating the area well, use a stiff brush to scrub the affected areas. For tight corners, saturate paper towels with the bleach/water solution and apply…
Reduce Allergens in Living Areas
Just as in a bedroom, start cleaning at the top of the room so that dust and allergens drift down to be captured by a damp mop or vacuum.
Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Then dust blinds and wash or vacuum drapes using the hand tools. Don’t forget to clean window sills and mantles or any horizontal surface. Clean away any ashes or residue in fireplaces.
Wipe down wooden furniture to remove dust and vacuum upholstery. Finally, vacuum carpet or damp mop floors. Wash any throw rugs.
Reduce Allergens in the Kitchen
The kitchen is prime real estate for mold growth and insect droppings. To prevent mold and mildew growth, use a vented exhaust fan to reduce moisture. Regularly check the sink, refrigerator and freezer for leaks and repair promptly.
Weekly, clean the refrigerator and discard moldy or out-of-date food. Wipe down door seals and clean drip pans and mop up spills and excess moisture. Mop floors and wash any throw rugs.
Clean countertops and sink daily. Dishes should be washed after every meal by hand…
Allergens in Entry and Storage Areas
A good way to reduce allergens in your home is to prevent them from coming in. At least weekly, clean outside entryways by sweeping or hosing down pollen. Have everyone in the family take off their shoes before going into the house. Store outerwear in an entry area rather than bedrooms to keep pollen at bay.
In the laundry room, check frequently for washer leaks to prevent mold growth. After every dryer load, clean the lint filter and then empty the wastebasket. At least quarterly, check to be sure the outside dryer vent is clean and operating properly. Never vent dryer moisture inside a home.
Basements and storage areas can be damp and dusty. If you are using these spaces for storage, use plastic bins with lids to prevent collectibles from gathering dust. It’s best to get rid of as much clutter as possible!
If you detect dampness, use a dehumidifier to pull moisture from the air. Check foundations and windows for leaks and repair as soon as possible. Get rid of wall-to-wall carpet and install a hard-surface flooring that can be easily cleaned. source: thespruce.com
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