5 cleaning tips to allergy-proof your home
Greetings allergy sufferers, this one’s for you.
Gone are the days when we used to sweep the floors and wipe the counters all while sneezing 15 times in a row with no break to breathe and an underlying fear of our eyeballs popping out. We’re here with tips and tricks to allergy proof your house and clean without feeling like your insides are collapsing.
1- Right cleaning tools
Finding the right cleaning tools for yourself is as important as finding your soulmate, the former being relatively easier. Chemical-based or scented cleaning tools can be allergy triggers, hence the safest option is go for environment friendly and plant-based cleaners. Home cleaning items including baking soda, vinegar, lemon etc. will become your best friend. (Bliss?)
2- Windows are secret dust accumulators
Make sure to squeaky-clean your windows using a glass cleaner. Vacuum your blinds weekly and a better option is to switch to window/roller shades which should be cleaned after every two months. Also, go for a hard lockdown during the pollen season by keeping the windows and doors closed at all times.
3- Say no to traditional dusting methods
For allergy sufferers, the perfect method to dust is to use a microfiber cloth. Make sure to use a damp cloth which makes the particles stick to the cloth instead of floating in the air. Damp-mop the floors and always wear a dust mask.
Turn the exhaust fan on while cooking to reduce moisture in the air. Keep the countertops clear and line them with wax paper which will prevent dust collection.
5-Time to be carpet-conscious
Carpets tend to absorb certain airborne contaminants that can cause allergies. Hence, bedroom carpeting should be avoided as it makes one breathe in the pollutants all night. Similarly, carpets in the bathroom can collect mildew by trapping moisture. It’s suitable to opt for Nylon for carpet-fibre since it’s an effective anti-allergy option. Daily vacuum your carpet to prevent your allergies from flaring up.
6-Guide to living with pets
Make sure to find a hypoallergenic pet if you’re looking to adopt. Keep your pets outside of the bedroom and train them to not sleep next to you. Brush and wipe your pets outdoors, and wash them with an anti-dander shampoo. Use an allergen-capturing air filter and change it every three months.