How to Spring Clean When You Have Allergies
Dust and mold are some of the most common irritants for people with allergies. While spring cleaning is essential to ridding your home of these allergens, it could also stir up irritating particles in the process. But cleaning doesn't have to be such a struggle. There are ways of reducing your exposure to mold, mildew, dust and other allergens while you're scrubbing them away. Here's how to spring clean like a champion, even when you have allergies.
"Keep your windows open while you clean."
Make Sure You're Properly Ventilating
Regardless of your allergies, proper ventilation is important when you're using cleaning products. Be sure to read the labels of your cleaning products to make sure you're using them properly and not breathing in any harmful fumes. Keep your windows open so fresh air has a chance to circulate and run the fan in your bathroom to further reduce the chance of stagnant air. If you have pollen allergies, be sure to clean later in the day when you can keep your windows open without inviting too much of the allergen into your home. According to the National Institutes of Health, the pollen count is typically at its peak between 5 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Use Protective Equipment
It may seem a little extreme to wear protective equipment when cleaning, but it can come in handy. Wear gloves so you transfer less bothersome mold and dust from your hands to your nose or mouth. You can also wear a dust mask to reduce the chance of inhaling irritating dust or other airborne particles while you clean. Anything that helps create a barrier between your cleaning products and body is a good idea - especially when you're sensitive to irritants.
Opt for Natural Products
There are plenty of effective cleaning products that don't contain harsh chemicals. You probably already have some of them in your house. Hydrogen peroxide is effective on mold and mildew, and won't fill your room with irritating fumes in the process. Spray some on a patch of mold and let it sit for a while before scrubbing it away. Vinegar is another natural cleaner. Fill a spray bottle with the substance and spray it on surfaces for a safer approach to cleaning your home.