Spring Cleaning for Allergy Sufferers


The sun is out, the weather is warm, and it’s time to throw open the windows and start spring cleaning.  However, if you suffer from allergies, the idea of opening the windows might seem more harmful than helpful, but did you know that the air inside your home is about ten times dirtier than the air outside? Over the winter months, allergens have been accumulating inside your home, which might make the pollen outside seem tame compared to what’s lurking inside.  Dust, dust mites, animal dander, mold and mildew are some of the culprits I’ll help you tackle in order to leave your home clean and allergy free.  If you don’t already know exactly what allergens bother you most, visit an allergist who can determine which allergens affect your immune system with in-office skin or blood tests. This will be beneficial when it comes to keeping your house clean.

·         Start by tackling the clutter in your house.  Empty out drawers, boxes, and closets, and organize shelves, to see what can be thrown away or donated.  Getting rid of decorative knick knacks will help cut down on dust accumulation.  A clutter free home is easier to clean and keep clean.


·         Keep the house well ventilated while cleaning.  If you can’t open the windows because of pollen, run the air conditioner and air purifiers to help keep the air clean.


·         Be sure to use all natural, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free products while cleaning.  It may also help to wear an allergy relief mask, and rubber gloves while cleaning. Baking soda and vinegar are great natural cleansers.


·         Dust everything using a vacuum attachment, or an electrostatically charged cloth or damp cloth, which will trap the dust.


·         Vacuum every corner and under all the furniture using a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.


·         Window blind are dust collectors.  If you have them, replace them with vertical blinds or washable drapes.  If you have drapes, wash them!


·         Destroy mold and mildew by cleaning under the refrigerator, washing and disinfecting garbage cans, thoroughly cleaning bathrooms and shower curtains. If your shower curtain has mold on it, replace it.  A solution of Borax and water inhibits mold growth. If you have a basement, inspect it thoroughly for mold, and use a dehumidifier.


·         Wash all bedding using hot water, and use allergy relief bedding.  Freezing linens in the freezer for a day can help kill dust mites also, but wash them afterwards, because dead mite can trigger allergies as well.


·         Change the filters on all air conditioners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, windows, and vent registers.


·         If you’re allergic to your pets, ban them from the rooms you spend the most time in, such as the bedroom.


·         Some people are allergic to roaches and other bugs, which may mean you’ll need to call in an exterminator.


·         Take a shower after cleaning, and leave a room after dusting if you start to feel symptoms.


·         For severe allergy sufferers, this can be a lot to tackle.  If it’s in your budget, consider hiring some outside help to get the really dirty work done.

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