Your home is supposed to be a safe space that secures you from almost anything — including allergens.
Sadly, even your humble abode is not safe from indoor allergens such as mold, pet dander, dust mites, and more. Carried through the air, allergens often reside on your floors, furniture, and other open spaces in the house.
Achieving an allergen-free home is impossible but regular, and thorough cleaning can lessen your exposure to allergens.
Clean Your Dryers and Washers
Laundry day equipment like washers and dryers need regular cleaning, too. Washers (especially the front-load models) can harbor mildew and mold on hoses and baskets. You might not see them but you will certainly smell their presence.
Keep mold at bay by cleaning front-loading washers monthly, if not weekly. Also, limit your use of fabric softener and detergent since these serve as food for mildew.
Don’t forget to add your vented dryers to your to-clean list. These dryers extract moisture out of your clothes and send it to the outside vent’s escape flap. A clogged vent can worsen your mildew situation; if not addressed immediately, the lint from your clothes will create an unknown fire hazard in your home.
Hire a professional dryer vent cleaning company in SLC to check and clean out your vents. Trust the experts to free your tubing from harmful allergens.
Vacuum The Allergens Away
Dust mites are the top culprits behind unfortunate allergy episodes. These organisms are so small, the naked eye can barely see them. Dust mites thrive on the moisture in your home’s air, as well as the presence of dust. Apart from asthma, dust mite allergy can also trigger eczema and allergic rhinitis.
Regular vacuuming can control the presence of dust in your home. But the process of cleaning up with a vacuum can stir up the dust particles and send more in the air — the worst-case-scenario for anyone with a dust mite allergy.
Vacuum the allergens away by using a vacuum with a High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. This filter will trap the small dust particles; therefore, preventing them from spreading into the air. Vacuum your home at least once or twice a week.
Wash Your Sheets
Dust mites often reside in your pillows, blankets, bedding, and throw rugs. Instead of sleeping with these allergy culprits, wash all sheets at least once a week. Use hot water and a hot dryer to kill the dust mites. Enhance your protection by encasing pillows and mattresses in allergen-proof covers.
Go Green with Your Cleaning Products
Cleaning can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms when you use products with harsh chemicals. Fortunately, the market is rich in products that have received a “green” seal of approval, which means they are safe to use. These products use natural and plant-based ingredients that are kind to you and the environment.
You can also make your own cleaning products. All you need is baking soda, lemon, salt, and vinegar to clean your tiles. If you have a mildew/mold concern, spray vinegar on the walls and let it dry.
Allergens don’t have to compromise the cleanliness of your humble abode. Reduce your risk for allergies with these simple household chores.