If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies you know how important cleaning correctly is, so as to remove allergens. Most common household allergens include dust mites, insect droppings along with pollen, pet dander, and molds. So in order to remove them, you need to have several cleaning routines and strategies in place. That way you can be sure that all the areas of your home are allergen free and safe for you and your family. In this article, we’ll share with you same great cleaning tips that will include every room in your home. So let’s start!
This is the one place you probably clean most often, and it is also the room that gets the dirtiest on a daily basis. However, standard dishwashing and surface cleaning methods will not do the trick when it comes to allergies. There are several locations in the kitchen where allergens love to hide, and which you may be skipping during your normal cleaning routine. You probably use an exhaust fan for removing cooking fumes and reducing moisture, but how often do you clean it? The filters inside tend to collect grease and in time get clogged, rendering the fan useless. By cleaning it regularly, you are making sure that no allergens accumulate over time. The best technique is to soak them for about 10 minutes.(1) After that, scrub the filters with a non-abrasive scrub brush, adding additional dish soap if necessary. Finally, rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry them with a paper towel or a clean cloth.
The fridge is one of the most common allergen sources, especially if we don’t empty it regularly, the old and stale food tends to accumulate mold which can infest the whole fridge. In order to prevent this, clearing out the fridge on a regular basis is a must. In addition, clean the shelves and door with soap and dry thoroughly. This will help remove all leftover pieces of food that might have gotten stuck to different surfaces and are causing health issues.
Finally, don’t forget the space under the kitchen elements. Even if you clean the kitchen floors regularly there are those hard to reach spaces that tend to accumulate food leftovers, mold, insects and naturally, dust. So once in a while spend some additional time to reach those corners, get the dirt out and wash it with a quality kitchen floor cleaner. That way you will make sure all the allergens are removed from the kitchen.
♦ Living Room
The living room space is spotless, you have the perfect furniture, beautiful floor rugs and the windows are impeccable. Dusting is done regularly, and the number of allergens is reduced to a minimum. Are you sure about that? Our living rooms usually hide some very big allergen collectors that we tend to forget about.
In the first place there are the pillows, if not washed regularly they can be full of dust mites, pollen, and other allergens. So getting machine washable pillows would be the easiest way to maintain the level of cleanliness the living space needs. In addition, when it comes to the living room try to do the cleaning from the top down. This way all the dust ends up on the floor where it can be easily removed with a vacuum cleaner. Don’t forget to dust the ceiling fans and AC grids, since they can serve as allergen dispensers if not cleaned regularly. Finally, go through your things and see what you can take out. Having more than we need can create dust and bacteria not needed in the home. If you do not know what to do with stuff you do not use anymore, call someone to handle it for you, such as efficient removalists in Brisbane.(2)
Naturally, the bed is the biggest source of allergens as they tend to accumulate in the mattress, bedding, and pillows.(3) Using allergen-proof fabric is half the battle, however, as a cleaning regiment still needs to be in place in order to reduce the risk of one’s allergens acting up. Regular bedding changes and pillow washes are a must, in addition, vacuum the mattress and make sure to replace it every 10 years or so. Apart from the bed, there is one other location in the bedroom that needs attention ‘the chair’. Yes, you know what we are talking about. That chair on which you pile up clothes during the week, and occasionally clear up on the weekend. Well, we tend to bring a lot of allergens into the home from the outside, and while you may leave your coat and shoes at the door, the rest of it ends up in the bedroom on that famous chair. So in order to reduce the number of allergens in the room where you sleep, the chair has to go.
The bathroom can be a huge source of mold and mildew due to the increased amount of moisture. So to make sure the bathroom is cleaned correctly and efficiently, here are a few things to consider. In order to halt and remove mildew growth, use chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide or a commercial mildew cleaner. It is important to apply it in all areas and corners. Since these are strong chemicals with a potent smell, make sure the bathroom is well ventilated, or opt for a more natural alternative with equal parts cleaning vinegar and rubbing alcohol. In addition, use rubber gloves and don’t forget to give it at least 10 minutes before cleansing in order to obtain the desired effect.
These are just some of the techniques available for use when cleaning the home so it remains safe for you and your family. The most important thing for allergy sufferers is to have a regular cleaning regimen in place so as to avoid allergen accumulation around the household as much as possible. ♥
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