Suffering from allergies is a pain. Whether it is you or a loved one who suffers from allergies it is important to have a weekly house cleaning schedule to minimize exposure to common household allergies. Among the few household allergens are dust, mold, insects, pollen and pet hair.
Maintaining a weekly dusting and house cleaning schedule is needed to keep you or your loved ones allergies at bay. Lack of routine will trigger your into a coughing, sneezing frenzy that can lead to other health issues. If you are too busy to regularly clean your home, then you may opt to hire a house cleaning service to assist.
In addition, the chemicals and products you use are important. If you prefer non-toxic chemicals, then consider green cleaning or eco-friendly cleaning. It is necessary to use cleaning products that are not only safe, but that trap dust and prevent exposure.
Dust and Allergy Facts
Dust mites are the most common form of allergen from house dust. Among other allergens are pollen, cockroaches, mold and animal fur. Some of the following are signs of an allergic reaction: red eyes, coughing, wheezing, sneezing, itchy throat, itchy eyes and sinus congestion. If you are suffering from this symptoms, then living in your own home can be uncomfortable. There are measures that can be taken to have a clean home and a happy you.
Cleaning Products to Avoid
Unfortunately, not all cleaning products are made equal. Avoiding certain cleaning products will help prevent you from having a worse reaction and creating more of a health problem. Below is a list of chemicals that you may need to avoid or limit.
- Sodium hypochlorite or lauryl sulfate
Allergy Friendly Cleaning Products
There are a lot of allergy friendly products that you can use around your home.
- Mrs. Meijer’s
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar/Cleaning Vinegar
Essential oils for Allergies
If you are open to the idea of essential oils, below is a list of essential oils that may help with allergies. Essential oils are derived from plants, which is great if you are moving towards being more eco friendly or creating more of a “green” environment in your home.
- Lavender: Lavender helps to prevent inflammation.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus helps with inflammation and congestion.
- Lemon: Lemon boost energy and helps to clear sinuses
How to Use Essential Oils
Typically, essential oils are used in diffusers. Below is a list of ways to use essential oils in your home for those who suffer from allergies.
- Spraying as a mist
- Use in bath
- Dilute and apply to skin
- Breathing in via container
Essential Oil Risk Management
If you have allergies, you always have to be cautious. First, read the instructions on how many drops of the essential oil to use. Essentials oils are concentrated, so it is best to always dilute when applying to the skin. Last, there is always a risk that certain essential oils may increase your allergic reaction. Here are a few tips on test essential oils with caution.
- Test diluted amount on your forearm. If you do not have an allergic reaction 24-48 hours after, then that essential oil may be safe to use.
- Avoid ingestion at all costs. Non-negotiable.
- Limit use or avoid around breastfeeding or pregnant women.
- Always dilute when applying to skin,
Best House Cleaning Tools for Allergy Sufferers
If you are sneezing and wheezing consistently, then you want resolutions fast. In regards to cleaning your home, it is important to understand which tools to use and how to use them. Below is a list of household tools you will need to clean your home properly.
- Vacuum: If you have a vacuum, you can utilize the attachment piece to clean fabric materials such as your coach, etc. Also, the attachments are great for hard to reach areas where dust may hide. If you have a bagged vacuum it is important to clean the vacuum after each use.
- Microfiber Cloths: Microfiber cloths have grown in popularity over the years mostly because they are great for trapping dust. Most cleaning companies use microfiber cleaning cloths for this reason. Make sure to pick a reliable brand for microfiber cloths, because not all are made equal.
- Duster/Wipes: Dusters and wipes are great to have handy. Dusters trap the dust. Duster wipes have a static material that traps the dust as well.
- Dish Soap: Use a non-toxic brand such as Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meijer if you have allergies.
Clean your Whole House
Dust accumulates everywhere, so it is important to pay attention to the details when cleaning your home. Pay special attention to areas that you use more often to make sure there are no dust bunnies. If you do not have time to clean on a weekly basis, then you may consider hiring a professional house cleaning service. After all, a clean home is a happy home, and a happier version of you too!
Here is a 10 point checklist of area in your home to pay special attention to on a weekly basis:
- Change Linen Weekly
- Deep Clean bathrooms at least once per week
- Vacuum each room in the room weekly
- Low dusting daily
- High dusting weekly
- If you have pets, they will need a bath more frequently
- No smoke inside of your home
- Check and change air filters monthly
- Wipe down all surfaces after each use
- Disinfect high touch areas weekly
A lot of us have transitioned to working from home since the pandemic. Regardless if you work in or out of your home, you deserve to have a clean home. If you are an allergy sufferer cleaning may be a difficult task to complete consistently. If you are short on time, then consider hiring a professional house cleaning service near you to handle the dirty work. Neat N Tidy would love to assist caching you home up to speed with a deep cleaning and then a weekly cleaning service to maintenance your home.