Nearly one in five people suffer from allergies, and the symptoms can be so severe they interfere with everyday living. But don’t worry: we’ve got you covered! This guide will help you clean your home without making your allergies worse.
Vacuum regularly to remove the allergens trapped in dust and dirt from carpets and furniture surfaces.
Our cleaning team always suggests using an air purifier if there is carpeted flooring throughout most of your home.
Air filters can trap up airborne particles, so they don’t spread through the ventilation system or settle on countertops and other common surfaces for people with allergies to inhale.
Make sure not to use cleaning chemicals while vacuuming because many cleaners leave behind toxic residue, which irritates allergy sufferers.
Make a Cleaning Schedule
Make a cleaning schedule that specifies when and how often you should clean different surfaces to avoid spreading allergens.
For example, if you have pets in the home, try doing your weekly vacuuming on “pet day” instead of every other week like usual.
If you have children or are around them frequently, wipe down toys with disinfectant wipes daily, so germs don’t spread through shared spaces.
Do Dusting Weekly
Dust frequently, ideally once a week if you can.
We suggest using microfiber cloths because they trap dust well and are reusable, so you don’t have to waste paper towels or rags that just spread allergens around the room.
These cloths also wash well in your washing machine without shrinking or lining cleaning, unlike other materials like cotton, which lose their effectiveness over time.
Clean and Dust Curtains and Blinds
Dust and clean your curtains or blinds regularly.
They are usually one of the first places dust accumulates, plus they tend to trap dander from pets which can irritate allergy sufferers if left unattended for long periods of time.
You can clean and dust these areas by hand with a microfiber cloth.
If you don’t have time to do this, consider washing curtains or blinds in your washing machine every three months or so to remove all the dust and dander trapped within their fibers.
Clean Your Floors Regularly
Once per week, at least, sweep or mop floors that are bare of rugs because they collect allergens more than most surfaces.
The best approach is to use a damp microfiber cloth in conjunction with an all-purpose cleaner made from ingredients like baking soda and vinegar, which don’t leave behind harmful residue.
Repeat this process until you have mopped every floor surface in your home for completely fresh air!
When it comes time to replace old carpets, consider using natural wool instead of synthetic fibers, which release even more allergens into the air.
Wash Your Bedding Once a Week
Wash your bedding once per week at least, and wash it every two weeks if you can.
Use a natural detergent free of dyes or fragrances that irritate allergy sufferers and throw in an extra rinse cycle to ensure all the soap has been removed from your linens.
Vacuum pillows, mattress covers, and comforters regularly before washing them, so these surfaces don’t trap grime between cleanings.
Reduce Allergens as Much as Possible
The best way to reduce allergens in your home is by taking steps towards a more natural lifestyle.
Try going organic or vegan with meals, consider getting an air filter for the ventilation system and purifying station for countertops, and try using all-natural cleaning products containing ingredients like baking soda which don’t leave behind harmful residue when they dry on surfaces.
Make sure you have plants around your house because they help cleanse the air of airborne particles caused by cooking and other indoor activities that release toxins into the atmosphere.
Minimize Bathroom Moisture
Keep moisture to a minimum in your bathroom because it attracts mold and dust mites.
Try keeping the shower curtain open when you’re not using the bathtub or stall so steam can escape easily, run hot water for one minute before taking a bath or washroom break if possible to reduce humidity, and keep windows closed as much as possible during this time.
Now that we’ve highlighted the importance of deep cleaning your home to avoid allergy triggers. We hope you will take our advice and use it as a guideline in order to keep your family safe from allergies all year long.
If you have any questions about what products or techniques work best for different surfaces, please reach out!