There are different ways to help those who suffer from allergies at home. Its most frequent symptoms are sneezing, itching in the throat and eyes, respiratory distress or asthma. This indicates that in homes with allergies we must clean effectively to eliminate domestic allergens. Among the most common are: dust mites, pollen, molds, fly dander and insect droppings.
A plan to combat allergies at home involves weekly and regular cleaning of your home. But how should an allergic person’s room be cleaned, if the mere fact of cleaning can trigger a host of allergy symptoms because the allergens present are agitated?
To start the allergic person should wear a protective mask if you have neglected cleaning for several weeks. It is also important to use cleaning products and suitable tools, in order to avoid chemicals that can worsen allergic reactions.
Cleaning tools to reduce allergens
- Cleaning cloths: use microfiber cloths to attract dust better. Choose cleaning tools with removable heads so you can place them in the washing machine and give them a deep cleaning. Before using the rags and cloths, humidify them a little to attract as much dust in the critical areas.
- Disposable wet wipes: they are a good option to attract dust and create a static effect retaining the dirt until they can be thrown away.
- Fabric allergen disinfectant vacuums: this powerful tool uses ultraviolet light to kill dust mites and bacteria. Bag less vacuum cleaners are also preferable to traditional vacuum cleaners.
- Laundry products: use detergents and washing products that do not have intense colors or fragrances. They are often the culprits of skin irritation.
- Disposable or washable protective gloves and masks: avoid latex gloves if you are allergic and look for rubber gloves lined with cotton to prevent skin irritation.
Cleaning products for allergen reduction
Purchase cleaning products that contain the least possible amount of chemicals, such as: ammonia, sodium hypochlorite, formaldehyde and D-limonene. These products are potentially irritating. To do this you must learn to read the labels before buying or using any cleaning or laundry product.
A better option is to use natural products such as white distilled vinegar, lemon juice for cleaning and baking soda.
Tips to reduce allergens in your home
- Maintain a temperature between 20˚C and 22˚C and a humidity level of no more than 50%, to reduce the growth of mites and mold spores.
- Place small particle filters in the air conditioning, central heating and cooling systems. Do not forget to change or clean them monthly.
- Use traps or a professional exterminator to control pests such as insects and mice. Avoid the use of aerosols.
- Do not allow smoking anywhere inside the house.
- Bathe your pets at least once a week if they are inside the house. However, try to keep them out as much as possible
1- Reduce allergies in the bedroom
It is essential to clean everything weekly because in the bedrooms we have many soft surfaces that trap dust. Start with the bed; wash the sheets, pillow cases and blankets weekly with hot water. Do not hang them outdoors to dry them because the pollen could get impregnated in them. The pillows should also be cleaned regularly.
Clean the bedroom weekly, start at the top and work down. Start with ceiling fans and lamps; follow with blinds and / or curtains. Sprinkle any furniture using hand tools. Finally, vacuum the floor including the space under the bed and the furniture. It is important that you remove the carpets from wall to wall, use hardwood floors or solid tiles and washable carpets in the bedroom.
Keep closet doors closed to reduce the transfer of allergens to clothing and use covered plastic containers that can be easily cleaned to store unused items.
2- Reduce allergies in the bathroom
Stop mold growth with bleach, hydrogen peroxide or a commercial mold cleaner. You can also mix a solution of three parts of water with one part of bleach. Wear rubber gloves and ventilate the area well, with a stiff brush clean the affected areas and for closed corners, saturate paper towels with the solution and apply them in those areas. Allow them to remain in place for ten to fifteen minutes, then rub and rinse.
Finally install an extraction fan for when you take baths or showers. Dry the bath or shower with a towel after each use. Constantly check the bathtub, sink and toilet fixtures for leaks and correct immediately.
Wash carpets and shower curtains frequently to inhibit the growth of mold.
3- Reduce allergies in the kitchen
To prevent the growth of mold and mildew, use an extractor to reduce humidity. You should also check regularly that the sink, refrigerator and freezer do not leak, if they have been corrected immediately
Keep countertops clean. Wash the dishes after each meal, the remaining food should be stored in covered containers and the garbage should be emptied frequently to avoid droppings of rodents and cockroaches.
Every two weeks, clean the refrigerator, starting with the door seals and drip trays. Cleanses spills and excess moisture. Mop floors and wash carpets. At least four times a year, you should empty and clean the cabinets and drawers to remove the crumbs.
4) Reduce allergens in your home
In each room of your home, start cleaning at the top so that the dust and allergens slide down and you can capture them with a vacuum cleaner or any wet cloth.
Do not forget to clean any ash or residue in the chimneys, as well as every window frame or horizontal surface. Removes dust on wooden furniture, vacuum upholstery and carpets. We recommend you vacuum the carpet every two days to capture most of the allergens.
Instead of using chemical spray fresheners, consider cooking citrus peels or spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg to freshen the air in your home.
5- Reduce allergies in the entrance and storage areas
Once a week clean the entries by sweeping and rinsing the pollen well.
Avoid mold growth in the washing machine room by periodically checking for leaks in the washing machine. Once you use the dryer, clean the lint filter and do not forget to empty the trash. At least every three months, verify that the external ventilation of the dryer is clean and functioning properly.