Allergies come and go. Some allergens induce minor attacks, whilst some are serious in that hospitalization may be required. Either way, it’s always recommended to err on the side of caution. As cliché as this may sound, but cleanliness is next to Godliness. Truly, this is something that we should take into serious consideration especially if you want to protect your wellness and that of your loved ones. Cleaning your home isn’t just about
keeping up with the aesthetics. It’s beyond the beautiful interior design and more on keeping the surroundings free from disease-causing microorganisms such as allergens. By keeping a strict and thorough cleaning regimen, your house will be a breath of fresh air for your family to enjoy.
Bust the dust
Dust is so miniscule, that most of us don’t notice them until they begin accumulating on top of surfaces. Don’t ever wait for dust to settle in your home. Make vacuuming and wiping surfaces a habit. You don’t have to make use of sprays and carpet cleaning products all the time. In fact, use these chemicals sporadically. These goods may do more harm than good, as most of them are made from strong chemicals that may also induce
Ideally, you should be covering your bedding and upholstery with zip-
on covers. These accessories at home will not only make your bed and upholstery beautiful, but it will also keep you away from dust mites that may start accumulating under the sheets.
Keep plants and pets at home
Most of us have green thumbs and are animal lovers. We can’t help but have them stay with us inside our homes. But before you consider adopting that cute little puppy from the animal shelter or bring home an ornamental plant at home, make sure to assess the allergy problems that you and your loved ones may have. There is a long list of problems when it comes to taking care of plants and animals at home. For one, the topsoil used in potted plants can grow moldy over time. To prevent this, make sure to top off the pot with aquarium gravel.
If you have a pet dog or cat, make sure that they get their regular grooming to minimize the chances of allergy attacks at home. You may also need to let them outdoors frequently just to let the air indoors get a break from the fur and the dander that may be falling off from your pet dog or cat.
Choose hardwood floors
If you want to significantly reduce allergy attacks in your home, opt for hardwood floors instead of big rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting. If you have carpets and huge rugs covering the floors, it becomes extremely difficult to detect the amount of dust inside your home. Sneezing and itching among many others only develop when dust levels inside your home is at its highest. Don’t wait for this to happen. Be proactive by cleaning your home on a regular. Don’t wait for allergy symptoms to appear before you start
Leave it at the door
A lot of homeowners ask you to leave your shoes off at the door. Aside from avoiding mud tracks on the flooring, there is another reason behind this- allergens. Our environment is teeming with allergens and disease-causing microorganisms. By leaving your footwear outside, you are minimizing the collection of dust inside your home. Another measure that
you can take is installing doormats inside and outside the door entrance. This is also a great way of ensuring that most of the dust and allergens do not enter your home.
Check your window treatments
You need to clean curtains, blinds, and drapes in the same manner and frequency as you would for your beddings and upholstery. Vacuum them on a weekly basis, and wash curtains at least once a month. This can be extremely tedious if you have a lot of curtains hanging onto windows, but this will be worth it knowing that you are avoiding a host of microorganisms and dust from accumulating inside the home. Wash curtains more than
once a month during times of the year when you leave windows and doors constantly open such as in spring and summer seasons.
Stay head of mold infestation
Inspect surfaces for molds. Areas in your home where water is most commonly found should be assessed once in a while for mold growth and development. Again, prevention is key. Don’t wait until you see them in corners and surfaces of your bathroom and kitchen. Make sure to clean your bathroom and kitchen at least once a week. Make sure that surfaces remain dry after every use, or before you sleep at night. Keeping them dry
will minimize the growth of molds altogether. Mold growth can pose serious dangers to health, especially when left ignored for a very long time. One excellent way to prevent the growth of molds inside the home is by keeping the humidity level indoors at a healthy concentration. Buy a dehumidifier as this sucks out all the moisture from the air. Keeping humidity levels in check also ensures that your home’s foundation remains in good condition for many years to come.