Cleaning techniques to reduce environment allergies
Allergic symptoms—sneezing, runny noses, scratchy throats, wheezing, watery eyes and congestion—are often associated with outdoor irritants like pollen. What many people don’t realize is that there are plenty of triggers that can set off allergies before you ever step outside of your home. While recent innovations like HEPA filters have helped battle indoor allergens, their hefty price tags prevent many people from being able to afford them. Luckily, there are measures you can take to prevent indoor allergens before they become a problem. Read on to understand what causes your indoor allergies and for highly effective cleaning techniques that will prevent them.
More people are allergic to dust mites, tiny bugs invisible to the naked eye, than any other household allergen. These miniscule insects thrive on dead human skin cells, which we constantly shed. What is worse is that humans are not allergic to the mites themselves–we are allergic to their feces, which are found in plentitude wherever the mites set up house.
While furniture and carpets are places that dust mites sometimes dwell, beds are their favorite habitats. Plastic casings for your mattress and pillows are now widely available in stores. These cases are simple to put on and are highly effective because mites aren’t able to dig down into the depths of your mattress.
Also, washing your bedding more frequently is a great way to keep the mites at bay. You should wash your sheets and pillow covers in hot water at least once a week, more often if your allergy problem is particularly severe. Finally, don’t ignore your comforter or duvet cover, even if they are dry clean only. These items should be cleaned at least every two months, more frequently if you’re able. Buy a spare so your bed won’t be bare during those trips to the cleaners.
Once you have cleared your bed of critters, there are other cleaning techniques you can use around the rest of the house. If you have ceiling fans, make sure that you clean them thoroughly at least once a week. Vacuum furniture regularly, even obsessively (this goes double if you have pets!). Ditch your drapes or curtains, as they are havens for mites; shades are a much better choice and have the added benefit of being easier to clean.
Pets are another primary source of indoor allergies. Cats and dogs, especially those with long hair, harbor all kinds of potential allergens (like dander and saliva). Carpets and rugs trap these particles, which can be difficult to vacuum. Hardwood floors are the best option for pet owners because the hair does not bind to them.
Frequent vacuuming is another great way to battle pet allergies. (Wearing a mask while you vacuum will prevent sneezing fits and other symptoms.) You can also wash your animal every week or so, but be sure to consult your vet for products that won’t dry their sensitive skin. Finally, keep your bedroom off-limits. If your dog or cat gains access to your clothes and bedding, then your allergies will be worse and far more difficult to shake.
Indoor mold is another common indoor allergen. It proliferates in moist areas. Poorly ventilated bathrooms, basements, or any room that has faulty piping is an at-risk area. Use a dehumidifier in these areas and clean them often with bleach. Dry environments are at risk, too, if you happen to use a humidifier. Using humidifiers on low settings is okay if you change the water every day or so to prevent the bacteria and mold.
Whether your personal trigger is mites, pets or mold, the single best way to cope with indoor allergies is to de-clutter. More stuff simply means more places for allergens to lurk. Set aside a weekend or two to get rid of things you don’t need. Use minimalism as your guiding design philosophy.
You’ll feel better and have fewer things to clean.
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