Follow our tips to reduce your allergy-induced misery.
Regardless of whether you or someone in your family suffers from seasonal or year-round allergies, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of allergies acting up by removing allergens from your home. Allergens such as dust mites, pollen, mold, and pet dander cause allergic reactions.
One of the most critical parts of your allergy management plan should be the regular and thorough cleaning of your home. Even the process of cleaning can trigger allergic reactions. Therefore, you’ll also have to take proper precautions when cleaning your home.
Today, we’re going to talk about all the tools and protective equipment you’ll need to clean your house safely. We’re also going to detail how to remove as many allergens as you can from your home. Check our guide below.
Best Cleaning Tools for Allergen Reduction
To effectively reduce or remove the number of allergens in your home, the following tools will prove to be useful:
- Vacuum Cleaner. As much as possible, you should be using a fine-particle HEPA filter vacuum. If a fine-particle HEPA filter vacuum is not an option, consider using a double bag to trap as many particles as you can. In the case of bagless vacuums, regularly wash and clean the collection cup.
- Fabric Allergen Sanitizer Vacuum. These vacuums utilize ultraviolet light to get rid of bacteria and dust mites. Additionally, these vacuums use a dual filtration system to eliminate allergens from fabric surfaces.
- Disposable Dust Wipes. Synthetic dusting wands and wipes collect dust by creating a static cling that will attract dust until you can dispose of it in the trash.
- Washable Microfiber Cleaning Mops and Cloths. Rather than merely using cotton or paper towels, it would be better to use microfiber cloths. These cloths attract dust more effectively. Also, if you choose a tool with removable heads, you can toss the heads in the washer for complete cleaning. Remember to dampen mops and to clean cloths before use.
- Laundry Products. Select detergents and stain removal products that are unscented and dye-free. Often, the dye is the culprit in skin irritation.
- Protective Gloves and Masks. It is best to choose disposable or washable masks. Rather than choosing latex gloves, go for cotton-lined rubber gloves. Cotton-lined rubber gloves are less irritating to the skin.
Top Cleaning Products for Allergen Reduction
Sadly, certain cleaning products act as irritants and cause the same symptoms as allergens. Therefore, it is best to select cleaning products that contain the fewest chemicals. It is vital to limit your exposure to cleaning products that include:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Sodium hypochlorite
The chemicals mentioned above can be potentially irritating. Be sure to read labels before using any cleaning or laundry product.
Look for natural products and unscented cleaners such as baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and lemon juice for cleaning.
Entrance and Storage Areas
An excellent place to start cleaning is your home’s entrance. After all, an excellent way to reduce allergens in your home is to stop them from entering in the first place—clean outside entryways at least once a week by sweeping or hosing away pollen. Additionally, you may opt to have everyone in the home take off their shoes before entering.
Frequently check for washer leaks in the laundry room to prevent mold growth. After every dryer load, remember to empty the wastebasket and clean the lint filter. At least once a quarter, be sure to check that the outside dryer vent is clean and working smoothly. Be sure never to vent dryer moisture inside your house.
Storage areas such as basements can be dusty and damp. If you’re using your basement for storage, use plastic bins to prevent your belongings from gathering dust.
If you detect dampness in your storage areas, use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. Also, check foundations and windows for any possible leaks that need repairing. If you can replace wall-to-wall carpets with hard-surface flooring that you can easily clean.
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