Spring is in the air, and with it comes the need to clean and declutter our homes. While spring cleaning may feel like a chore, it’s essential for maintaining a healthy living space, especially for those who suffer from spring allergies. Let’s take a look at some useful tips for spring cleaning and also look at some common household products that can help keep spring allergies away.
1. Dust and Vacuum Regularly
Dust is a common allergen that can cause sneezing, coughing, a runny nose and itchy eyes. To minimize dust in your home, make sure to dust surfaces and vacuum regularly. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can help trap dust and other allergens, preventing them from circulating in the air. Make sure to use a microfiber cloth or damp rag when dusting to trap dust particles. Vacuum all surfaces, including floors, carpets and upholstery, and pay attention to areas that are often overlooked, such as baseboards, window sills and ceiling fans.
2. Clean Your Bedding
Your bedding can harbor dust mites and other allergens that can trigger allergies. If you suffer from spring allergies, consider using hypoallergenic bedding and pillow covers. To keep your bedding clean, wash your sheets, pillowcases and blankets in hot water once a week. Washing your bedding in hot water can kill dust mites and other allergens that may have accumulated in your bedding. If you have pets, wash their bedding too. Using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to vacuum your mattress and pillows can also help remove any remaining allergens.
3. Use Natural Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your respiratory system and trigger spring allergies. Consider using natural cleaning products that are free of synthetic fragrances and other irritants. Vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice are natural alternatives you can use to clean and disinfect your home. For example, baking soda can be used to clean your oven, remove stains from carpets and upholstery and deodorize your fridge. Vinegar can be used to clean windows and mirrors, remove soap scum in your bathroom and disinfect kitchen surfaces.
4. Keep Your Indoor Air Clean
During the spring, when pollen counts are high, your indoor air can become contaminated with allergens and other pollutants. An air purifier with a HEPA filter is one of the best ways to reduce your spring allergies, as it can trap allergens and other pollutants in your home’s air, reducing the number of allergens you inhale. Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are high to prevent pollen from entering your home. If you want to open your windows to get fresh air circulating in your home, do so during times when pollen counts are lower, such as early in the morning or late in the evening.
5. Declutter Your Home
Clutter can trap dust and other allergens, making it harder to keep your home clean. One of the best ways to combat spring allergies is by taking some time to declutter your home and remove items you no longer need. You can donate or sell these items, or recycle them if possible. Start by going through your closet and getting rid of clothes you no longer wear. You can also sort through your kitchen cabinets and pantry, throwing out any old or expired food items. Creating a clutter-free space can make it easier to keep your home clean and avoid those dreadful spring allergies.
Spring cleaning is an excellent opportunity to create a healthy living space and reduce allergens in your home. Check out our list of spring cleaning essentials if you’re looking to buy some of the top cleaning products available at Abt. By following these tips and using common household products like a HEPA vacuum, hypoallergenic bedding, natural cleaning products and an air purifier you can enjoy a cleaner, healthier and allergy-free environment. Do you have any additional tips for keeping spring allergies away? Comment below and we’d love to hear them!