Birdie’s Happy Home Tips: 6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Allergy-Friendly

Adeedo! + Birdie's Happy Home Tips for Allergy-Friendly Homes

Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. If you’re like me, you want to keep your home allergy-friendly, right?

If you or a family member seems to have more allergy symptoms or breathing problems at home, it may be because there’s a trigger or two that’s making those problems worse. What can you do? It can be as simple as replacing your HVAC air filters or you could go big and invest in a whole-house air purifier.

Hate to tell you, but cleaning your house regularly is another important way to improve things.

What are some specific things you can do to keep your house clean and your allergies under control? Glad you asked…

 

Keep your bathroom free of mold.

Oooh, mold is bad. Be sure to scrub the tiles, and don’t forget to clean the shower curtain. In fact, you may be able to throw it in the washing machine. Take a look around your air vents to make sure no mold is forming around those (yep, it’s known to happen).

 

Wash the sheets weekly and in hot water.

The water has to be hot enough to kill dust mites. If your child has allergies, you’ll need to do the same thing with stuffed animals. And if you want to get really grossed out by all the things that accumulate in your sheets, here’s a good article that’ll make you cringe.

 

Scented cleaners and detergents are a no-no.

If you have allergies, fragrances in these products can trigger symptoms. Choose the fragrance-free version instead. Better yet, easy-to-find, natural products like vinegar, salt and baking soda and avoid harsh and irritating chemicals altogether. Some common home cleaning chemical ingredients to avoid because they are, quite literally, irritating:
  • Formaldehyde
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium lauryl sulphate
  • D-limonene
  • Sodium hypochlorite

These chemicals are found in many cleaning products, including:

  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Mildew removers
  • Dish detergents
  • Dish soaps
  • Laundry detergents
  • Fabric softeners
  • Disinfectants
  • Furniture polish
  • Drain, oven, and glass cleaners

 

Avoid shampooing your carpet.

Mold and those pesky dust mites love the leftover moisture from the shampooing process. Enough said.

 

But do vacuum it once or twice a week.

First, make sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter. If not, you could be sucking up those small particles and shooting them into the air, just to breathe them in.

 

Be the superhero you are!

Wear a mask when you clean and then leave the house for a few hours if you can to limit your exposure to the allergens you kicked up into the air.

 

So while I couldn’t come up with a way to take regular housecleaning off the list (drat!), the good news is that these are fairly simple activities. And when the reward is being able to breathe comfortably at home, it’s completely worth it, wouldn’t you say?

It’s just another way to keep your home happy.

Love, Birdie.

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