The effect of allergies can range from merely irritating to downright debilitating. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, asthma, eczema, or another condition that is irritated by allergens, you’ll want to follow these cleaning tips to keep your home as free from these minuscule monsters as possible.
Use natural products
You know we’re big advocates of using natural cleaning products wherever we can, and not only because we’re aiming to be the most eco-friendly cleaners in Brisbane. While chemicals may not be the cause of your allergy they can exacerbate them, and make irritated skin, eyes, and lungs even worse.
Get rid of clutter
Pet hair and dander, and dust mites, are three of the biggest allergens within your home. The easiest way to keep them at bay is with regular cleaning and vacuuming. The less clutter you have, the easier it will be to keep your home clean. We aren’t just talking ornaments and nick-knacks, but heavy curtains, thick carpets, and decorative touches like pelmets and bed valances.
If you are considering redecorating at some point, look at wooden floors and blinds, and leather furniture, which are easier to keep clean and dust free than their fabric counterparts. Make sure you use only blankets and cushions which can be washed, as dust mites love these places.
It is worth investing in a good vacuum cleaner which has been created to remove allergens. Vacuums with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration system are more expensive than your average vacuum, however they can make a big positive impact on allergy sufferers as they actually remove dust and dirt from the air as well as the floor. Vacuum your mattress regularly, and use a damp cloth when dusting to avoid simply transferring particles to from surfaces to the air. Purchase a carpet cleaning service regularly as well.
Prevent mould and mildew
Along with dust mites, mould and mildew spores are one of the most common household allergens. Treat any mouldy spots you have in your home, and make sure your ventilation is effective enough to prevent it from forming again. Squeegee the water from the shower walls once you have finished showering, so it goes down the drain instead of evaporating into the air, and use a dehumidifier if your home is damp or you regularly dry your washing indoors.
Keep pollen out
Hay fever and pollen allergies can be reduced by keeping pollen from entering your home. Close doors and windows, especially during the early morning when plants release their pollen. Don’t hang washing outside to dry on days when the pollen count is high. Get changed as soon as you get home, and put your pollen coated clothing straight in the washing machine.
Purify the air
Some allergens like it dry, others like it moist. Finding the right humidity balance for your home (about 40%) means you can keep both types at bay. An air-purifier with a HEPA filter can help with this.
While we know allergies can’t be cured, keeping your home as clean and free of allergens and airborne irritants as possible will help stop the triggers that make can cause flare ups of allergies and other conditions like eczema and asthma.