7 Cleaning Habits to Manage Asthma Triggers
If you have asthma, or live with someone with asthma, cleaning your house is a little less straightforward. Aside from dust and mold, a less obvious concern is chemical sprays and perfumes. You may find some products in your cleaning arsenal that need to be replaced. Here are a few tips to reduce exposure to asthma and allergy triggers when you clean.
- Use liquid or gel cleaners instead of commercial spray cleaners. Opt for unscented products where possible.
- Most laundry detergents contain high concentrations of irritating fragrances. Try to use only all-natural, unscented, and avoid the use of dryer sheets which can be heavily doused in synthetic fragrance.
- Wear a face mask and gloves (latex-free if you are allergic to latex). Maximize airflow by opening windows and running fans during cleaning.
- Use a microfibre cloth to collect and remove dust, dust mites, pollen, and animal dander, especially in the bedroom. Microfibre’s natural positive charge attracts dust and fluff.
- Vacuum and wet-mop floors weekly. Use a vacuum certified with HEPA filtration, or use washable throw rugs and wash them in hot water (130 F or hotter).
- Wash bedding in hot water once a week and invest in special dust mite-proof covers, sometimes called “allergy impermeable” covers, to keep dust from going through pillows and mattresses.
- Reduce clutter that tends to collect dust.
- Run an exhaust fan in your bathroom for 15 to 20 minutes after showering to reduce mold growth.
- Remove mold at first sight with soap, warm water, and an old toothbrush. If the mold doesn’t remove easily with soap and water, the right cleaning products can be used with care.
- Have someone without asthma clean for you, if possible. Give us a call to set up a consultation today.
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