Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
The arrival of summer is typically a welcome change. But for millions of Americans, blooming plant life and warmer weather bring sniffles and sneezes as airborne allergens increase.
Two of the best ways to keep allergies at bay involves adjusting regular home cleaning routines and choosing cleaning products for allergy sufferers that won’t trigger reactions.Discover our tips for avoiding allergy triggers – and breathe easier this summer!
Allergens are substances found in our environment that can trigger a vigorous immune system response in people who are allergic to them. Because the body doesn’t “recognize” them and perceives them as a “threat”, it works to fight them off in the form of an allergic reaction.
You clean to get rid of dust throughout your home, but do you know what’s in dust? You might be surprised to discover that it can include:
As Puracy co-founder, Sean Busch, likes to say, “Frequent care is easy care.” Decluttering, cleaning, and disinfecting every part of your home can seem like a daunting job. Breaking it down into a few daily tasks makes it far more manageable and helps ensure that you haven’t overlooked a room or a surface. Download our weekly and monthly cleaning checklists to keep yourself organized.
Whenever you’re cleaning, wear a mask to avoid breathing in airborne dust and dirt. A breathable cotton bandana or old t-shirt is perfect as long as it covers your nose and mouth. Be sure to wash after you use it!Just as we’ve grown accustomed to not touching our faces to prevent the spread of pathogens, it’s good to continue this habit during household cleaning. This way, you won’t transfer allergens from your hands to your nose or mouth. If your schedule allows, take a shower after cleaning your house to remove dust from your skin and hair.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends vacuuming once or twice a week to remove indoor pollutants on furniture and floors. During allergy season, consider vacuuming more frequently. Use attachments to vacuum curtains, blinds, corners, and other less-obvious areas where dust collects.
Pro tip: Use the vacuum bristle brush attachment to eliminate dust on blinds, window sills, and baseboards.
A good vacuum is a necessary investment for allergy sufferers. One that is poorly-designed (and seems to spew out as much gunk as it takes in) can do more harm than good.
When it comes to reducing allergens on carpets and other soft surfaces, look for a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA). HEPA filters are a mechanical air filter that removes at least 99.7% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns (for perspective, a single human hair measures around 80 microns).Allergy sufferers should also look for a vacuum that collects debris in a bag or bin. Emptying bagless models creates a dirt cloud that is tough to contain.
At some point, your carpets are going to need a deeper clean to remove pollen, dust, and grime. Keep them looking their best by spot-treat stains that crop up from time to time with a Puracy Natural Stain Remover.
At least once per year, shampoo washable surfaces by hand or machine with Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo, but be sure that the water is fully dried to avoid mold growth.
If you or someone in your home suffers from severe allergies, it might be worth investing in a carpet shampooer. The Bissell ProHeat Upright Carpet Cleaner is a good starter model that offers a professional deep clean at a budget-friendly price.
Dry-dusting ends up spreading allergens throughout your home, so avoid using dry rags and feather dusters.
To collect and remove dust effectively, spray Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner on the surface with one trigger pull per 2’ x 2’ area. Next, use a clean, folded microfiber cloth towel to wipe the spray away in a “Z” pattern. You’ll see the liquid begin to disappear, taking dust and dirt with it. If you have allergies, be sure to dust your home at least once per week.Pro tip: If you’re in a hurry, our microfiber towels can be used to trap remove dust – no cleaning solution required.
It sounds like a sci-fi movie, but your bed is actually an ideal spot for microscopic invaders to hang out.
What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are tiny little creatures (arthropods technically) that thrive in warm, humid places, like pillows, mattresses, and other upholstered surfaces. They live and breed deep down in these areas, living off discarded flakes of human skin. Both their bodies and waste are allergens, causing reactions in people with dust mite allergies.
While it’s nearly impossible to remove or prevent all dust mites, there are things you can do to reduce their numbers:
Every surface is your home is a place for allergens to collect. And if those allergens are alive (like dust mites), it’s a place for them to thrive. Reducing clutter in every room is a good way to keep your space tidy and allergen-free. It will also make your cleaning routine shorter.
Tips for a clutter-free home:
Mold generally thrives in warm, damp places like the shower, under the kitchen sink, and in air conditioning and heating vents. There are thousands of varieties of mold, with some more likely to be found in the home. Some types of mold cause breathing problems and can trigger asthma attacks.Mold is less likely to grow when indoor moisture is controlled. Mop up spills immediately and use humidifiers and exhaust fans in damp areas.
Mold requires a heavy-duty approach. After cleaning the area with non-toxic surface spray (to remove surface dirt), follow-up with a diluted bleach solution or commercial product designed to kill fungus. Always follow usage instructions and ventilate the area before cleaning.No one should attempt to remove black mold, especially individuals with severe mold allergies. Consult a professional if you spot large areas of mold or any signs of black mold growth.
A little fresh air is nice, but in high-pollen areas, it might be best to keep windows closed during allergy season. If you can’t resist, consider leaving just one window open at a time to reduce the flow of outdoor contaminants coming into your home.
Here are a few more ways to keep outdoor allergens where they belong:
Air purifiers improve indoor air quality by removing small particles from the air. From commercials air sanitizers to smaller, portable models, there’s one to fit every budget. We suggest asthma- and allergy-friendly models since they’re tested and proven to meet strict indoor health standards.Note: We suggest using MERV-10 (or better) air filters in your HVAC systems, though it’s vital to consult the owner’s manual to select the right one first.
If you suffer from allergies and other respiratory issues, certain chemicals and fragrances can aggravate them further. These can include:
You can do everything possible to keep indoor allergens at bay, but if your cleaning products cause allergic reactions, your efforts may be in vain. Instead, opt for cleaners that won’t irritate your senses.
Puracy gets their fresh scents from essential oils, and harnesses the cleaning power of plant enzymes and coconut-based cleansers. You won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals either, since every Puracy product is free of:
Natural cleaning products and regular cleaning will do wonders to minimize your allergies and the misery they cause. You’ll also feel good knowing you’re keeping toxic chemicals out of your home – and away from your family.For more tips on keeping your home clean and green, check out these earlier posts:
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