Cleaning your home can be difficult if you have allergies. Not only can dust and other allergens cause allergies, but so can strong cleaning products’ chemicals. But don’t fret, because there are some easy tips you can follow to keep your home clean without irritating your allergies. In this article, we listed some easy and simple cleaning tips to help people with allergies.
1. Air purifier
Investing in an air purifier is one of the best ways to reduce allergens in your home. Filtering the air in your home is an effective way to eliminate airborne allergens. Experts recommend choosing an air cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter and certified asthma and allergy-friendly. Just make sure to replace your air filters with allergy-friendly filters every 3–6 months.
2. Avoid using scented cleaners
Scented cleaners may smell great, but they can actually trigger allergies in some people. Many scented cleaners contain fragrances and preservatives that can cause allergic reactions in people with sensitivities or allergies. So, it’s best to always go with something fragrance-free or with a very mild scent. Another important cleaning hack is to use mild cleaners, like baking soda, vinegar, and vegetable oil.
3. Use microfiber
Microfiber is made up of extremely small fibers that are effective at trapping dirt, debris, bacteria, and allergens. When used with water or a mild cleaner, damp microfiber is more effective against dust than paper towels or cotton towels. Even better, microfiber is non-abrasive, so it won’t scratch your furniture or surfaces.
4. Use a vacuum
Using a vacuum cleaner is the best option for people suffering from or living with allergies. Vacuums are much more powerful than brooms at picking up dirt and dust that’s stuck in carpets and rugs. They also don’t leave behind any residue like a broom might. Vacuums prevent dust from settling when cleaning and collect mites and airborne allergens in the air. In addition, using a vacuum in cleaning a sofa or couch is very important in reducing allergens.
5. Reduce clutter
Allergens like dust, pet dander, and mold can build up in cluttered areas of the home and trigger allergy symptoms. This is why it’s important to regularly declutter your living spaces and keep them tidy. One of the most effective ways to reduce clutter is by using storage containers. Investing in a few good containers can help you store items or consider donating, selling, or disposing of things you no longer use.
There you go! Cleaning is essential to maintaining a healthy home. However, some cleaning supplies, equipment, and techniques can actually cause more harm than good when it comes to keeping your space allergen-free. Importantly, always protect yourself when cleaning and wear a mask and gloves. Good luck!