I don’t know what it’s like at your house, but at my house, we have allergies. I do, my husband does, and even the dog and the cat do. No, I’m not joking! It’s a serious issue for literally all of us!
Which is why, if you were to show up at our house on any given day, you would probably find me dusting and vacuuming, trying to make sure I’ve wiped away and sucked up any allergens that I missed the day before. The struggle is real, folks!
So when Eva Henderson contacted me with a post full of allergy-proofing tips, I was all about it! Let’s see how she can help…
There are many allergens lying around your homes that may easily become a problem in the long run, such as cockroach droppings, dust mites, dander and more. Some of these can trigger allergies with ease, so you would do well to avoid them as much as possible. This will only be done by cleaning your home on a regular basis and by doing so with allergies in mind. The following tips will give you more help in your fight to keep your home or office allergen-free.
- What to avoid
One of the easiest ways you can avoid an influx of allergens around your home is to ensure you rid your homes of dust as often as you can. Dusting will also often bring quite a lot of allergens in your home, since it will spread them around the air, so you would do well to ensure this never happens by addressing the issue as fast as you can. Having less clutter and items around your home will help you make things easier for cleaning purposes. Floor cleaning, cleaning a carpet and more will be far easier by comparison to before.
- HEPA vacuuming
Making sure you have a good HEPA-certified vacuum cleaner capable of dealing with dust and other allergens on all your carpeting, furniture and more will let you tackle upholstery cleaning with confidence, knowing you won’t just spread the dust around when you’re done. Cleaning with it at least twice a week will allow you deal with things in a more organized way.
If you have read anything about dust mites, then you already know how tenacious and small they are and how they can hide in bedding, pillows, rugs and more. We tend to spend a lot of time dealing with the aesthetics of our rooms, but we spend less time figuring out what we will do when we realize that there are tons of allergens all around. You should wash your sheets, blankets and pillowcases on a regular basis in hot water, then either using a dryer or air drying them in the sun to kill dust mites. Encase your mattresses in allergen-proof materials and covers and you will have fewer problems in the end.
- Green cleaning initiatives
The harsher chemicals seen in classic cleaning products will really have an exponential result for your allergies if you use them too much. If you happen to have an acute sensitivity to such things, then you will need to have a more eco friendly and useful alternative to cleaning your home. There are many options in terms of products and they happen to be biodegradable up to a point. If all else fails, then you can make use of more traditional solutions such as borax, vinegar, baking soda and more. You can also use them to clean pet dander among other things, as this type of dander happens to be a trigger for allergies and annoyance among many people.
Okay, please excuse me while I go and check to see if my vacuum is HEPA-certified…and encase my mattress.
These are fantastic tips, and I feel like I’m at least on the right track!
How about you? Does YOUR family struggle with allergies? What’s your best tip to combat them?
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