Have your allergies ever flared up while cleaning? Whether you have seasonal or year-round allergies, it is common for your allergy symptoms to be exacerbated while cleaning a dusty or dirty part of your home. Even individuals with no previous symptoms can experience itchy eyes and/or sneezing when cleaning dusty areas. That is why for this month's blog, we provide tips for how to reduce allergic reactions whilst cleaning.
Make a Cleaning Routine
One of the best ways to prevent allergy symptoms from arising is to clean most, if not all, areas of your home on a weekly basis. This will reduce the amount of dust, pollen, hair, and skin particles you encounter. Additionally, with a cleaner home, there will be less dust, pollen, hair, and skin particles circulating through the air. It can be overwhelming to clean your entire home in one day. We recommend that you spread out your weekly tasks. For example, cleaning bathrooms on Monday, vacuuming on Tuesday, washing bedding on Wednesday, and so on.
Removing Dust Safely
Making sure that you dust your home on a regular basis is extremely important. As discussed in previous blogs, dust can contain a variety of molds and other harmful particles that can cause health problems more severe than just a simple sneeze. This being said, it is best to remove dust safely on a weekly basis. To safely remove dust, we recommend wearing a mask, especially for those that are at higher risk for allergies. Lastly, utilizing the Dust Bender can be one of the most effective ways of removing dust from your home.
Vacuum and Wash Your Carpet
Your carpet can be one of the best places for dust mites to fall into, live, and breed. Ensuring you have a powerful vacuum and implementing it in your weekly cleaning routine is important for the entire home's health. Carpets need to be vacuumed at least once per week. It is also smart to rent a carpet cleaner (if you don’t own one) every three to six months to deep clean your carpets.
Wash Your Bedding
This can be an easily forgotten task in your weekly cleaning routine, but just might be the reason for some of your allergies. Your bedding can house millions of hair, skin, dander, pollen, and dust mite particles (not to mention, all the living dust mites colonizing in your sheets and mattress). Considering that you spend time in your bed every night, keep yourself safe and make sure that it is clean.
Reduce Moisture Buildup
There are many places throughout your home that can have a buildup of moisture. Aside from your bed (which is extremely moist), the two most likely places are your bathroom and kitchen. If you allow water to build-up in your kitchen or bathroom, harmful mold can grow and add spores to the air. This can cause allergies and, in many cases, more serious effects. Protect yourself from mold by preventing any water buildup. You may also invest in a dehumidifier for your whole home or just specific rooms. This will reduce moisture in the air.
Many people forget the simple fact that allergies can come from and be exacerbated inside. We hope that with some of these tips that you are not only able to keep your home clean and healthy but are also able to protect yourself from many of the toxic particles inside your own walls. Remember! Dust can be extremely toxic, please wear a mask while using any dusting tool, including the Dust Bender!