Doesn’t dusting seem like a waste of time? It’s not like visitors to your home come along and run their fingers across the top of your fridge to see if it’s dirty. Why waste your time cleaning up there? For one, if you suffer from allergies, this dust likely contains a lot of the allergens that irritate you. Fortunately, with the following household tips, we will make this allergy season a bit more bearable for you.
Put Robot Vacuums to Work
Robot vacuums have come a long way since they were first introduced over a decade ago. The best robot vacuum technology can help alleviate dust issues and remove dust effectively. For maximum effectiveness, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and allow it to roam at least twice per week.
Get Rid of Rugs
Nothing attracts allergens quite like carpets and rugs. You lower your exposure to triggers when you have tile, hardwood, or vinyl floors. You may not be able to remove your carpeting, but you can remove rugs. If you would prefer to keep rugs, make sure you choose smaller, washable rugs that you can easily throw in the washing machine.
Get Rid of Clutter
While we’re at it, let’s get rid of the other clutter throughout your house. Piles of clothing and boxes can trap dust and hide cockroaches, dust mites and other allergens. One rule of thumb is that if you have a box or bag you have not touched in more than a year, you should just throw it right out without looking inside. You can live without it.
Prevent Mildew and Mold
Basements and bathrooms serve as a breeding ground for mildew and molds. Mold spores cause allergy symptoms as they float in the air. In addition to cleaning your bathrooms and basement thoroughly, you might also consider painting the walls of these areas with mold-resistant paint or replacing wallpaper with tile.
Use Green Cleaning Supplies
Speaking of cleaning, turn to green, unscented cleaning supplies. Most other household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can trigger or aggravate symptoms in people with asthma or allergies. Green products rely on plant-based and natural ingredients.
Keep the Pollen out
With its environmental and energy costs, we often feel guilty for using the air conditioner. But, the AC will filter your home’s air and prevent allergens like pollen, dust, mold, and dirt from sneaking in.