Spring is finally here, and many of us are itching to get that spring cleaning done. If you’re like most people, allergies come with the season, so it makes sense to take some preventative measures this time around. Here are several tips to keep your allergies at bay while handling spring cleaning.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
The first tip is to make a cleaning schedule. A dirty house can trigger allergies and make you more susceptible to seasonal ailments, typically starting in the spring. Start by listing what needs to be done and divide them into two weeks worth of tasks.
You’ll have enough time to complete the list without feeling overwhelmed and will prevent the dreaded last-minute clean-up. If you feel the task is too much to handle you always hire a professional cleaning service.
Keep Allergens Out of the Air
One of the easiest ways to avoid seasonal allergies is simply keeping allergens out of the air. This means you’ll want to use a HEPA filter in your home and office, as well as keep your windows closed while you clean.
Consider Using Non-Allergenic Cleaners
Since springtime is a time for cleaning, you’ll want to start by tackling the dirtiest of tasks. Many people just focus on dusting, but many other things can go into the mix, like sweeping.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that all cleaners are not created equal for allergies. If you’re having trouble with allergies this season, consider using non-allergenic cleaners.
Have a Cleanup Crew
Before starting, make sure you have a cleanup crew in place. This person should help clean up any materials that may cause allergic reactions. They can also help with any work around the house that might cause your allergies to flare up so they can keep your home as safe as possible.
Use Cloth Pads and Cloth Napkins
If you use cloth napkins at home, you can make them into cloth pads. They’re easy to wash and dry quickly, which is important if you have a busy schedule.
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Pet by Cleaning Your Carpet
If you have a dog or cat, you should consider carpet cleaning regularly with an enzymatic cleaner. This is one you probably already do, but it’s worth mentioning. Carpets are often the perfect breeding ground for allergens and other microscopic things that cause allergy-related symptoms.
By getting rid of as much of the stuff on your carpet as possible, you reduce the chances of these little critters hiding out in there and causing springtime issues.
Be mindful of what you use in your home
Be mindful of what you use in your home. Take a look around and see if you can find any items giving off chemicals or allergens.
Allergens like dust, mites, mold, cat dander, and pollen can cause symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, and itchy throat. If you find anything that may be causing a problem for you, replace it with an alternative option.
Spring is here, and many people are excited to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and flowers. But it’s all too easy to unknowingly expose yourself to seasonal allergens that can make your allergies worse, causing you to scratch your throat and sneeze.
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