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Tips for Spring Cleaning for Allergies

posted: 04/05/18
by: Amanda Mushro
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This time of year is perfect for cleaning off the dirt and grime of winter and welcoming in the breezy, beautiful, but sort of unpredictable weather of spring. But if you are an allergy sufferer, rather than opening up the windows to let the warm spring air in, you may be hiding inside sneezing and coughing. So here are a few ways to give your home a deep down spring clean without triggering your spring allergies.

Skip cleaners with heavy fragrances and scents. Sure that bathroom cleaner that smells like a field of wildflowers sounds appealing, but if you are an allergy sufferer, those heavy fragrances could be too much for you--especially when you are already feeling stuffy. Instead, opt for non-scented cleaners to make your space clean and easy to breathe in.

Clean out your tools. From your vacuums cleaner to your brooms and mops, give your regular cleaning tools a spring clean as well. This way you are cleaning out any old allergens rather than spreading them around. For mops and brooms--soak in hot water and dish soap for a quick clean and check your owner's manual for cleaning your vacuum. If you are looking for a new vacuum, grab one that has a HEPA filter to clean up those microscopic allergens that are making your spring allergies unbearable.

Keep the windows closed! It can be tempting to open up the windows in the spring, but if you suffer from allergies, don't do it! Opening the windows will allow the allergens into your home and will cause you major discomfort. Instead, opt for running the air conditioner on warmer days.

When dusting, wear a mask to make sure you aren't breathing in all the dust. Start dusting from the top--ceiling fans and the tops of furniture, and work your way down to the floor.

Wash your bedding on hot water and don't forget your decorative pillows. Toss them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes each week.

Keep outdoor allergens outside by replacing old mats outside your home and at your front door. Be sure to make your home a no-shoe house, too.

If you are bringing clothes out of storage, be sure to wash them before you wear them. Even though they seem clean, your clothes could be teeming with allergens and dust.

Is all this cleaning too much for your allergies? Hire a service to do a deep spring clean in your home. This way your allergies aren't triggered and your home is clean. Be sure to ask the cleaning service to pay special attention to dust in the parts of your home you frequent the most--like your bedroom.