I try to be very aware of the allergens in my house. With a daughter who suffers from extreme eczema and my own asthma, I want as few things in my house that will make either of these conditions worse. Here are some of the things that I do regularly to make sure my house is as free of dust, mites and pollen as possible.
Dust before you vacuum. When you dust you are moving a lot of allergens in your house around. If you dust and then vacuum, you are going to pick up a lot more allergens than if you vacuum and then dust.
Wash all of your bedding regularly. Everyone knows they should be washing their sheets reguarly but you need to be washing your blankets and pillows on a regular basis too, You spend a lot of time in your bed, there is a lot of time for allergens to acrue. I try to wash my pillows at least once a quarter. It is also good to allow your bed to air out for a little while before you make it each day.
Run the exhaust fan when you shower. This is a hard one for me because I love it when the bathroom is warm and humid when I step out of the shower, but running the fan helps control moisture in the bathroom which will in turn prevent mold.
Wash all linens in your house. Dust doesn’t just acrue on the fabric in the bed room. Make sure you are washing drapes, pillows and blankets on your couches and vacuuming your couches regularly to keep allergens down.
Don’t over fill your washing machine. If you fill your washing machine too full, your clothes aren’t getting properly cleaned leaving allergens all over them.
Hang your towels and other damp clothes to dry before tossing them in the hamper. Leaving damp clothes in a heap is just asking for mold to grow.
Make sure you are washing your shower curtain and replacing your liner on a regular basis. This can be a great place for mold to grow. If you find mold, kill it with a mixture of water and bleach.
Replace cracked tiles or disintegrating caulk to keep mold from growing in your bathroom.
Use hardwoods or tile throughout the home especially in bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas where allergens love to accumulate. I see carpeted bathrooms all the time and it is honestly creating another place for mold to grow.
Have a mat on both sides of your doors, so that people can’t wipe their feet well before they enter you home. Have people remove their shoes when they first enter your home to prevent allergens from being tracked all over the place.
Toss cutting boards after they get grooves or cracks in them so that germs and allergens can’t collect where you prepare your food.
Keep food tightly covered to prevent pests, if you see bugs in your house especially roaches it might be time to call in professional help. Roaches bring all sort of allergens with them.
Replace your air filters often. Make sure you are replacing your air filters at least as often as the manufacturer recommends.
Swap out cleaners for free and simple versions. Watch the amount of chemicals you are using and limit there where possible.
Clean your floors often. You floors contain most of the bacteria in your house. Clean your floors with a free and clear cleaner like Bona to keep allergens under control without introducing harsh chemicals.
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What do you do to remove allergens from your home?