More and more people around the globe are suffering from allergies or asthma. In the United States alone, almost 20 million people are affected by these life-altering, and sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions. And it is very important that primary source of these health problems are identified and eliminated to ensure a safer and healthier lifestyle.
The usual culprits of allergies and asthma include dust, pollen, smoke, and chemical agents – things that are commonly found inside the house. This fact is what makes home cleaning so important, especially in household who have family members who are suffering from allergy or asthma. Below are a few cleaning tips that will help keep your home clean and safe for allergy-prone individuals and asthma sufferers.
Use natural cleaning agents
Use cleaning agents that were made from natural ingredients because the basic components of most commercial cleaners contain harmful chemicals that may trigger allergic reactions. Here’s a hint: if the cleaner has a very strong scent, don’t buy it. That strong scent arises from very harmful chemicals and additives.
Invest in a HEPA vacuum cleaner
It may also be a good decision to get hold of a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum cleaner because unlike ordinary vacuums, the HEPA vacuum can remove fine dust particles. This ensures that you don’t miss out anything. It is a bit on the expensive side, but it’s a great investment if you have allergies or if you have someone living in your house suffering from this condition.
Clean linens and mattresses regularly
Linens like beddings and sheets should be cleaned every two to three weeks or as needed. Wash linens in 140° Fahrenheit water. This kills dust mites and other microbes that may cause allergies. Clean and vacuum your mattresses every six to eight weeks. You can also use a steam cleaner to remove dust mites and other microbes on your mattresses.
Keep the bathroom in tip-top shape
The bathroom is overlooked by many, but it is a good breeding ground for allergens and disease-causing microorganisms such as dirt, grime, and bacteria. That is why keeping the bathroom clean and in tip-top shape is important. Aside from regularly cleaning tiles and floors, using a vapor steam cleaner every once in a while will help get rid of tough stains and deposits, which are notorious allergens as well.