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5 Ways to Remove Allergens from Your Home

Allergens are everywhere in your home. In fact, many homes have multiple types of allergens—usually more than 3—lurking in every crack and crevice. While you may be thinking that this surely isn’t the case for you, or it doesn’t affect you that badly, allergens can actually be harmful to your health and can trigger the smallest of asthma and allergy symptoms. Whether or not you believe allergens are a problem in your house, removing them is one way to ensure a happy, healthy home for you and your family.

Locate The Trigger(s)

Before you can remove any allergens, it’s important to know the main triggers that give you grief. There are actually different steps for removing different types of allergens. For example, if pet dander is the main cause then you want to consider not getting a pet, getting one that doesn’t shed a lot, or regularly grooming your current pet to reduce the amount of pet hair and dander.

Other possibilities for triggers are mold, dust, dirt and pollen. To know exactly which allergens are causing the pain, you can get an allergist to test you for allergies , or you may be able to tell based on when and where the flare up of your symptoms occurs. Once you have located the source, you can clean smarter to remove those allergens. And follow the tips below to better reduce and remove allergens from your home!

Ventilate Your House

Having a well-ventilated home can significantly reduce the amount of allergens and allergy triggers. If the humidity in your area isn’t severe, then open windows and turn on fans as much as you can. This allows allergens to be removed from the home naturally. If pollen is a major problem for you, then purchase a pollen-proof screen for your windows—this will trap the pollen from being caught inside of your home.

In the kitchen, when cooking, turn on exhaust fans to remove scents, smells and particles that could stir up symptoms. In the bathroom, turn on exhaust fans, especially right after a shower, in order to reduce the dampness which will reduce the possibility of mold and mildew. Ventilation, whether from fans, windows, or something else, will help keep your home clean and allergen-free!

Clean Filters Often

Air filters work really well to remove dust, dander, dirt and other unwanted particles from your home. But that doesn’t mean you can forget about cleaning and changing filters! If they get too piled up with dirt, their effectiveness will wear off and they’ll no longer be helping to clean your home’s air—something that you definitely do not want to happen! Most air filters can last anywhere from 4-6 months without being changed or cleaned (depending on the type of filter you have and the conditions of your home). However, if you have pets or someone in your household has bad allergies or asthma, you’ll want to clean the filters once a month. Also, if you keep the rest of your home pretty tidy and clean, then you’ll need to change your air filters less. Regardless of your situation, changing or cleaning your air filters often will help remove those pesky allergens from your home!

Use Green Cleaning Products

This one may surprise to you, but it makes sense: oftentimes normal store-bought products are full of chemicals and scents that can heavily trigger your worst allergy and asthma symptoms. And you’re using them everywhere in your home to clean it! Green products not only reduce the chemicals in the cleaning, but they’re also better on the environment and your home! Green cleaning products are actually designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. You can find many of these in the store or easily find recipes online for a DIY green product. Something as small as using green cleaning products in your home can make a big difference in reducing allergens!

Dust and Vacuum Often

Last, but certainly not least, is the classic cleaning task of dusting and vacuuming. Probably the most effective way to banish dust, dirt, pollen, dander and other allergens is to keep a clean home by regularly dusting and vacuuming. Both of these eliminate allergens from your home; however, when done together, they seriously remove lots of allergens. The key is to do them together, correctly and often. Always dust first before vacuuming, so that particles you knock to the ground can then be sucked up by the vacuum.

Also, when you dust, use a damp cloth, which helps trap the dust as opposed to simply dispersing it back into your home. Vacuum over the same area multiple times in various directions for the best clean. You should vacuum and dust at least once a week—with a quick vacuum during the week if needed. By dusting and vacuuming often, your home will be tidy, clean, healthy and—the best part of course— free of allergens!

 

 

 

 

5 Cleaning Tips for Homes with Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

Today, anything from plants and pollen to pet dander and molds can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, and for anyone who suffers from them, you know just how awful and even unhealthy allergies and asthma flare-ups can be.And it’s not just being outside that’s the culprit: the EPA stated that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 time and occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor level—which can be bad news for those who tend to spend most of their time inside.

Keeping a clean home is the best way to reduce allergy and asthma triggers — but what happens when cleaning actually triggers attacks? We’ve got a few cleaning tips for homes with allergy and asthma suffers that can help you get your clean home and reduce the amount of allergens that can build up to unhealthy levels.

Clean in a Well-Ventilated Space

When you clean, you’re removing allergens… but the process can also kick up other triggers that can lead to asthma and allergy attacks. In order to prevent this, make sure the space you’re cleaning is well-ventilated. This can be as simple as opening a door and window, or turning on your overhead fans. If an area can’t be ventilated,  wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth can help protect you. Either of these things will allow the allergens getting kicked up to have a less harmful effect on your immune system, your body and you!

Cut Clutter

When life gets busy and chaotic, it can be easy to find yourself trapped in the midst of clutter everywhere.(Parents of small children will understand!) Not only does this look displeasing and messy, it can also be worsening your allergy/asthma symptoms. When things get piled up, it creates more places for dust, pollen, bugs and dander to settle. This causes two problems: one, there’s more unwanted allergens in your home and two, when you finally do clean that clutter, the triggers can irritate your lungs and immune system.

In order to prevent this from happening, keep your home decluttered as best as you can. This won’t get rid of your allergy and asthma symptoms, but it will help prevent the severity of them when you do clean!

Vacuum

Your carpet is one place where dust, dander, dirt and more hide easilyg. These allergens get trapped in carpet and rug fibers, and every time someone walks on it, those allergens are kicked up into the air you’re breathing.

Vacuuming once or twice a week will help to remove some of those particles more often, so that when the carpet is walked on (as it should be!) there’s less to be shuffled into the air. However, vacuuming can also add some of those particles back into the air if it’s not picking them up and removing them as it should. This is where you want to make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air and these filters are a mechanical air filter that trap harmful particles. If you don’t have a HEPA filter vacuum, then you could wear a mask or ventilate the room so that your symptoms won’t be triggered while cleaning. But no matter what vacuum you have, vacuuming is a big part of keeping a clean, asthma- and allergy-friendly home!

Use a Damp Cloth or Mop

Nowadays, it seems like there are so many products and tools everyone has in order to clean their whole house. While certain items are necessary for a particular task, others could be done with a variety of tools. When cleaning, use a damp cloth or a mop instead of just a dry rag, broom or duster. Why? Because the damp cloth can trap allergens rather than knocking them down into your home. Even for dusting, using a damp cloth (or at least a spray so that the rag is somewhat wet) will help remove those pesky particles rather than putting them back into your home—which is exactly where you don’t want them!

Find the Source in Your Home

If there’s something in particular in your house that’s exacerbating your allergies or asthma, find it and take care of it. If it’s your cleaning products, try a cleaning product with no scent or perfume. Keep trying different products until you find the right combination that works for you and your home, or even make your own chemical-free version.

If dust mites are an issue, you can buy dust mite covers to use on pillows, your bed and other furniture. Also, be sure to wash your sheets often—aim for once a week—with hot water to get rid of allergens.

Another issue that could be causing triggers is bringing in particles from the outside. Try to take your shoes off immediately upon entering your home so you don’t track in extra dirt, allergens and other unseemly debris.  Also, think about cleaning your outdoor entryways so that there’s less to be tracked in. Dealing with the particular source of your problems can lead to a much healthier, happier home!