10 Easy Cleaning Tips for Allergies & Asthma Relief
Your home should be your haven, not the place where your allergies and asthma run wild. Sometimes the best way to prevent runny noses and shortness of breath is to simply clean your house more regularly.
The outside world is filled with different allergens. Through our clothing, hair, shoes, etc. and open windows/doors, those allergens can come inside and wreak havoc with our airways – especially while we’re sleeping.
Then there’s those allergens that thrive in a home – things like mold, mildew, and – as gross as it may seem – cockroaches.
Fortunately, keeping to a strict cleaning schedule can make all the difference in the world. I have 10 tips that will help you keep your home clean and allergy-free for the long haul.
1. Vacuum Twice Weekly – At least!
This is one of the most important cleaning tips, so we’re going to start here. Dust, pollen, dander, even dead insects trap themselves inside your carpets and rugs each day. Vacuuming at least twice a week will keep your house breathing-friendly. Make sure you choose a vacuum that is labeled for small-particles or HEPA filter, so it will catch everything you need it to.
Pro tip: Vacuum even your hard flooring (tile, wood, etc.) instead of brooming since brooms often just kick up dust. And don’t forget to use the attachment and tackle your curtains and blinds too.
2. Wash Sheets and Blankets Frequently
Dust settles on your sheets, blankets, and towels throughout the day, but you also bring in plenty of pollen and dust from the outside world and then touch these fabrics. If you have a pet, dander often makes its way to your linens. Wash them all at least once a week in hot water. Scented detergent and dryer sheets often aggravate asthma and allergies, so switch to an unscented and more natural brand. You can even try dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.
After you’re done with your laundry, make sure you use an actual dryer to dry it all. Letting your clothes dry outside will pick up dust and pollen. Letting them dry inside could bring dampness, which ultimately can lead to mold.
Pro tip: If you purchase couches and pillows with removable slip covers, you can easily clean them in this way too.
3. Dust All Surfaces
You need to wipe down any surface that can gather dust and dander as frequently as possible – at least once per week. Use a microfiber cloth that actually grabs the dust instead of just spreading it around. Avoid dusting sprays with chemicals that often trigger asthma attacks.
Pro Tip: Now’s the time to declutter. The less you have in your home, the fewer things can gather dust and hide allergens.
4. Limit Bathroom Moisture
The bathroom is most likely where you will develop mold issues. While you should clean it once a week, your allergy and asthma needs are going to have a more daily mold-prevention focus.
Turn on the bathroom fan each time you take a shower. Have clean towels handy so you can wipe down any excess moisture left behind in the tub, on the shower curtain, on the wall, etc. Make sure you leave the doors open every time you exit the bathroom and keep your shower curtain open as well.
Pro Tip: If you live in a humid area, the bathroom isn’t the only area that can gather too much moisture. You may need to invest in a dehumidifier to keep the levels under 50%.
5. Insect-Proof Your House
Insects and dead insect remains are main culprits of both allergies and asthma. Be sure you store your food in containers that have a high-quality seal and get a trash can that has a closeable lid.
Pro Tip: Never leave dirty dishes for the next morning. Be intentional about getting them into the dishwasher before you go to bed.
6. Invest in an Air Purifier
A HEPA filter will capture most of the particles in the air that can trigger your allergies or asthma. They come in all different sizes and shapes to fit into each room. We spend hours in our bedrooms each night, so be sure you put a filter in there.
Pro Tip: Replace any sort of filter – from your purifier, from your air conditioning unit, etc. once a month to prevent any allergen buildup.
7. Close Your Windows
Opening your windows on a lovely spring day may feel like the perfect way to air out your house, but all its really doing is allowing all the pollen to come inside. Follow the pollen counts online. If the pollen is up at all, keep the windows closed.
Pro Tip: Invest in air conditioning to cool you down and get the air circulating. Not only will this filter the air, but it will also help keep your home cooler so mold and mildew don’t grow.
8. Bathe Your Pets
Part of your cleaning routine will have to include any pets you may have. Twice monthly baths reduce their allergens. You can do them at home, but you may want to set it up at the vet so you don’t have to spend that much time touching their hair/dander.
Pro Tip: If you know your animal is an allergy trigger, make your bedroom a pet-free zone. Set up a comfortable and safe place for them to sleep that doesn’t involve leaving their dander where you sleep all night.
9. Say No to Shoes
Who knows what your shoes have touched all day – probably quite a few allergy triggers. If you leave your shoes by the door, nothing gets brought into your house. Added bonus: your carpets and rugs will stay cleaner and newer for longer.
Pro Tip: Clean your outdoor areas too. Your patio and outdoor entryway need to be swept regularly to limit the number of allergens that can be brought in
10. Always Wear a Mask
Our final tip is really important. As you are cleaning, you are undoubtedly going to kick up some dust and pollen. If you wear a mask, you will limit the number of allergens that trigger your allergies and asthma.
Pro Tip: If the mask doesn’t cut it, you may need to consider hiring a service to help you clean your home each week.
Clean Home; Happy Airways
Of course, keeping your home clean is only half of the battle. After all, you do have to leave your home each day. One of the best ways to stick to natural remedies is to take an all-natural supplement filled with healthy ingredients that support your sinuses and lungs.
Eu Natural fills the Breathe Sinus & Lungs Respiratory Health supplement with ingredients like quercetin, boswellia, coleus forskohlii, and nettle leaf to make sure you’re breathing happy…naturally. Pairing this with your home cleaning regimen can keep your symptoms away.