Now that nicer weather and spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. If you have allergies, now is the perfect time to work on cleaning those out of your home before spring allergy season is fully upon us. Here is what you need to spring clean in order to improve your allergy symptoms:
1. Check Your Cleaning Supplies
Before you start cleaning, check your cleaning supplies. Strong or scented cleaners can actually aggravate your allergies. Look for other alternatives. A more natural cleaner will help. You can also consider using a DIY cleaner like vinegar and baking soda.
2. Clean the Windows
If you often leave the windows in your home open, they have probably gathered a lot of allergens. Wipe down the windows themselves, as well as the screen, blinds, and sills. If you’re allergic to outdoor allergens, then make sure to leave your windows closed. On the other hand, if you are allergic to only indoor allergens, such as dust and pet dander, then leave the windows open while you clean to air your home out.
3. Check the Humidity
If you find that you suffer from mold allergies, you can reduce the likelihood of mold growth by keeping the humidity in your home in check. Try to keep the house at 50% relative humidity or lower. If you have a basement or crawl space, double check the humidity in these spaces as they are much more prone to humidity and mold growth. You may need a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity.
4. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources
Another common source of mold growth in the home is standing water. It’s a good idea to check and make sure that nothing in your house is leaking or has standing water sitting. Check your appliances, such as your fridge, washing machine, and water heater to make sure that these aren’t leaking or have any standing water around them.
5. Wash Shower Curtains
One more place that mold often grows in is the shower, including the shower curtain. You might need a professional tile cleaner to help you remove mold for the tile, but something easy that you can do is wash the shower curtain. Most shower curtains can be washed in the washer, but check the care tag before you throw it in. If you do wash your shower curtain, hang it back up to air dry. Make sure that you have proper ventilation in the bathroom to prevent future mold.
6. Remove Dust
Dust is a common household allergy, and it often builds up in places that you might not think about. While you’re spring cleaning, be sure to dust your home well. Don’t miss out on the higher places in your home you can’t see, such as the tops of furniture, the tops of your cabinets and fridge, ceiling fan blades, the window sills, and other high places.
7. Don’t Spread Dust
As you’re dusting, make sure that you don’t just spread dust into the air. Feather dusters often just push dust around instead of containing it. The best way to fully remove dust without breathing it in is to use a damp wet paper towel to wipe up dust. This will capture the dust better and help your allergies.
8. Clean Your Furniture
While you’re removing dust, be sure to clean your upholstered furniture too. The upholstery holds onto dust, dirt, and anything else in your air, clothes, pet fur, and more. Your carpets also hold onto these allergens. Regularly vacuum your carpets and furniture to help remove these allergens. It’s also a good idea to get your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned to fully remove these allergens.
9. Wash and Air out Bed Linens Regularly
When you’re done cleaning the rest of your furniture, take the time to clean your mattress. First, wash all of your sheets, and then vacuum the mattress. This is because your bed accumulates dust, skin cells, and more. If you find that you have bad allergies at night, be sure to clean your sheet and bed more often.
10. Change Your HVAC Filters
Your heating and cooling systems circulate air throughout your home, and they circulate anything else that might be in the air. The filters help to stop allergens from circulating, but the filters need to be replaced regularly in order to be effective. You should change your HVAC filter every 6 months for best results.
With the right spring cleaning, you can not only have a clean home, but also help reduce your allergies.