If you’re one of those people with allergies, then you are probably also familiar with the terror you feel when the season strikes. While people are enjoying Spring to its fullest, you are stuck with teary eyes, a stack of tissues at hand, and constantly questioning “Why is this happening to me?”
Yes, allergies can be a real pain – and not just the outdoor ones. Sure, you may escape pollen by staying indoors, but there are also indoor allergens that you definitely won’t be able to escape (yes, nowhere is safe). You have dust mites, you have mold, you have pet dander, you have cockroach poo everywhere – and this can’t be good for your sinuses.
These allergens are carried through the air and can be found pretty much everywhere: on the floor, on the furniture – and on every other surface of the house. And while no house can be completely free of allergens, you can still keep it clean enough so that you can survive a day without puffy eyes. Here’s what you can do to clean your house and keep control over the allergens in your house.
- Vacuum Regularly
As mentioned, allergens can be everywhere – including that god-forsaken place that you can never reach. This is why you always need to be thorough during your vacuuming sessions.
Still, it’s very easy for regular vacuum cleaners to send the allergens back in the air as you are vacuuming, which is why you may want to choose one with a HEPA filter. These vacuum cleaners will trap those small particles so that they won’t go back in the air – and into your nostrils. Plus, they’re not that expensive compared to regular vacuum cleaners, so I’d say this is a pretty neat investment.
Also, for places that are not easily accessible, you may want to invest in a cordless hand vacuum. Not only will they be able to let you reach into corners and difficult-to-reach places, but they are also very good when it comes to vacuuming the furniture of dust mites.
- Use Humidifiers and Air Filters
The less moisture there is in the air, the more likely it will be for allergens to start throwing a party around you. This is why it’s extremely important to set the right level of humidity in your house – and for that, you will need a humidifier.
On the other hand, too much humidity can lead to mildew and mold – which is once more problematic. In this circumstance, you may want to go for a dehumidifier to control your humidity levels.
Pair either of the devices with an air purifier. If they have the right features (for example, a HEPA filter), it can trap and reduce the allergens in your home – finally allowing you to breathe. Plus, this will allow you to clean your home of allergens without actually having to do anything yourself.
- Do Proper Dusting
Getting rid of dust is the best thing that you can do to reduce allergens. Most allergens thrive in dust particles, and this can lead to various allergy and asthma attacks. However, regular dusting may make things even worse, since the allergens will be kicked back into the air. This can be prevented by using a damp cloth or – once more – a portable vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Blessed be technology.
- Go for Green Cleaning Products
Cleaning products have always been our go-to when it comes to keeping our house clean. However, a lot of these products also have harsh chemicals that can trigger an allergy attack and make your symptoms even worse.
The beauty of innovation is that, nowadays, you can find green cleaning products everywhere. These are environmentally-friendly products that don’t use said harsh chemicals, but rather plant-based, natural ingredients. You may also make your own cleaning products using ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon. It will control your allergies and efficiently clean your home, without pushing the allergens back into the air.
With the right actions and the right hear, every house can be allergen-free in a flash. The secret is to be thorough and to make sure that you aren’t postponing your cleaning sessions for too long. For proper allergen control, you may want to remove clutter and clean your home at least twice a week.