Autumn has officially arrived, with the first sighting of trees turning colour and leaves detaching themselves from their twigs and branches. And with the onset of autumn comes a reduced anxiety and discomfort for allergies such as hay fever, that takes over your life throughout the summer months. Hay fever, is just one allergy that can be difficult to control but you may also suffer from household allergies against dust, which tends to build up a lot over the colder months, when you can think of nothing worse, than cleaning after a long hard day at the office.
Leaving home when it’s dark and coming home when it’s dark, makes household cleaning an even more strenuous and arduous task. But it must be done. Unlike the summer, when you can leave windows open for as long as you want, come autumn/winter, dust forms in thicker layers with nowhere to go but to settle on EVERYTHING.
So, if you suffer from asthma or household allergies, here are some top tips for household cleaning.
The best solution to allergy sufferers for your bedroom and or living room is to ensure you weekly wash your bedding – pillow cases, duvet covers and sheets. Also, it may be worth investing in dust-mite-proof covers which will help reduce the level of dust floating in the air, and latching onto your bed. If you have carpet in your room or living room space, you need to be vacuuming the space daily – and even as far as washing your floors a couple of times a week. It may even be worth your while to get rid of carpets and drapes where possible as this type of material harbours dust mites and wall-to-wall carpeting is one of the worst offenders.
Dusting your home is a time-consuming task, but it is the simplest way of ridding yourself of dusty particles, layered on top of your book shelves, toys, ornaments and photo frames.
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Considering this is the only area of the home that you spend the majority of your time congregating, from cooking to cleaning to eating, it’s of no surprise that it can be the most germ-ridden and allergy infested area.
If you’re in a position where you’re re-doing your kitchen, then it’s definitely worth the time and the money to add an extractor fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce the moisture caused by cooking on a high heat. If you live in a house of five, it’s always best to empty your bin every couple of days, if not every day, whilst ensuring food is stored correctly.
Seasonally, you need to remember to empty and wipe down the inside of your fridge, freezer and dry food cupboards. Also remember to clean the hood of your stove.
And where you cook, there’s always cleaning to do – so the basic chores such as wiping down with disinfectant and washing the floors is a must. Bear in mind if you have any pets, such as dogs, cats roaming around, then your cleaning rota should be upped for maximum protection for anyone suffering from allergies.
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Here are some extra handy ways of controlling and cleaning dust without creating more:
- Invest in a good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter – this filter traps all the dust particles sucked up, instead of releasing the particles back into the air. When this happens, you find yourself having to vacuum more often
- Use an electrostatic cloth or damp microfiber cloth to dust. Do not use a feather duster contrary to popular belief
- When washing your floors, use a microfiber mop
- Don’t be a hoarder – becoming a collector manic is what we do best but it’s also the quickest way of collecting dust on an uncontrollable level – if you love to collect, store them correctly. Invest in cupboards or glass cabinets, where it’s easy to clean
- When buying furniture, choose a material that is easy to clean and vacuum softly without damaging the fabric. And despite leather sofas not the most popular choice, it is after all easier to wipe down and makes it harder for dust to settle
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