How to Clean Your Home Without Agitating Your Kids’ Allergies
Guest Submission by Tarah Mills
Today, many households struggle to maintain high indoor air quality. Children who suffer from certain types of allergies sometimes experience discomfort when aggressive cleaning procedures cause pollen, mold spores, or other allergens to circulate inside the home. Yet maintaining clean, sanitary premises also proves essential. Consider implementing some of these helpful housekeeping techniques in this situation.
1. Refrain From Frequent Rug Washing Using Chemical Cleaning Solutions
In some cases, cleaning chemicals leave trace residues in carpet fibers and upholstery. These substances may actually contribute to the problems encountered by individuals prone to allergic reactions. If your child displays sensitivity to chemical rug cleaning shampoos, it usually proves wise to minimize the use of these agents in the residence to the extent possible.
2. Avoid Thickly Perfumed Air Fresheners And Candles, Too
Similarly, the chemicals used in many heavily scented home air fresheners sometimes cause discomfort to sensitive individuals. While frequent cleaning helps remove tracked-in dust and allergens, you’ll want to avoid infusing chemical fragrances across the location. Instead, consider using a high-quality air conditioning system equipped with a filter to help trap airborne particles. You may also find it helpful to employ top-rated air purifiers in some rooms.
3. Do Vacuum Regularly in Your Child’s Absence
Experts like WebMd urge households seeking to clean without triggering allergic sensitivities to vacuum each week. Try and use a high-quality vacuum cleaner armed with a HEPA filter capable of trapping fine dust and debris. This process helps reduce the level of tracked-in allergens on a regular basis. There are some companies that provide extensive information about popular lines. Some brands, like Miele vacuums, furnish a Certified HEPA filter, for instance. It makes sense to select your vacuum cleaning equipment with care. This product serves as the first line of defense against residential allergens for most households.
4. Maintain Clean Residential Air Ducts And Vents
If your home relies upon a central air conditioning and heating system, you’ve probably noticed an extensive system of narrow ducts. Air recirculates through these locations. Obtain periodic vent and duct cleaning using an experienced, specialized cleaning firm. Over time, dirty ducts may contribute to poor indoor air quality.
5. Wash Bed Linens Frequently
Sheets, pillowcases, and blankets eventually harbor dust mites. Consider laundering these items on a weekly basis if your child suffers from allergies. Avoid using heavily scented detergents, however. Simple hot water combined with a few drops of bleach can effectively control the dust mite problem.
6. Use Bleach to Clean Bathroom Tiles Regularly
Molds and mildews, formed from microscopic plant organisms, sometimes trigger allergic reactions. These organisms thrive in wet environments. If your child suffers from allergies, consider scrubbing bathroom tiles and sinks frequently with a bleach solution to help prevent mold growth.
7. Dampen Mops, Dusters, And Cleaning Cloths
By using slightly damp dusting tools, cleaners trap and remove dust particles more effectively. Cleaning in this way offers some assistance in reducing the volume of potential allergens in the residence (compared with dry dusting). Avoid using heavily perfumed furniture polishing chemicals.
8. Store Toys in Sealed Plastic Bins
Instead of allowing toys to clutter play areas when not in use, consider storing them in sealed compartments like plastic bins with lids. Taking this step helps prevent dust from collecting on the surface of these items. It provides a great way to maintain playthings in better long term conditions, too.
9. Clean Window Coverings Regularly
Cleaning experts recommend selecting washable drapes, curtains and window treatments when allergies pose a concern. Use a damp blind cleaner to clean blinds every three weeks or so. Launder washable fabrics about once a month. If you do discover your home’s window treatments require dry cleaning, vacuuming regularly may provide a budget-friendly alternative.
A Smart Investment
By learning to clean in a way that reduces the chance of your children suffering discomfort from allergies, you’ll enhance everyone’s daily quality of life. Providing a more pleasant home environment promotes happiness, too. Paying close attention to this important health issue produces many long term benefits!
Tarah Mills has always had a passion for writing. Her philosophy is that not only can writing be educational, but it can change the world. While she is dedicated to her work, she still enjoys a good game of basketball, curling up to a good book, and all things Star Wars. She currently resides in the Richmond, Virginia area with her family.