CAN CLEANING HELP MY ALLERGIES?
Cleaning Tips for Allergy Proofing Your House
Reduce The Amount of Allergens At Home
Were you aware that more than half of the population has at least one type of allergen, if not several? Allergies are among the top 5 chronic disease recorded in the United States. While most people might think allergens are typically found outdoors, they would be greatly mistaken. In fact, most of the allergens people experience come from polluted indoor air.
Dealing with allergens in the home, like dust, mold, mildew, dust mites, and others, can seem challenging. There are several effective methods to reduce the number of allergens in your home to make it more allergy-proof.
For instance, in the bedroom, it is important to wash all bedding, including pillow cases, comforters, sheets, and mattress pads, on a regular basis to remove allergens. It is also recommended to use zip-up, protective mattress covers and pillow case covers to prevent dust mites from getting into pillows and the mattress.
For more cleaning tips to reduce the number of allergens in your home, feel free to review the following infographic in greater detail.
Allergies are the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S.
Every year, allergies cost the health care system and businesses $7.9 billion.
55% of the population tests positive to one or more allergens.
Hay fever results in 4 million workdays missed every year.
Think most allergens are found outside? Think again …
Indoor pollution levels in the U.S. exceed outdoor pollution levels by as much as 100 times.
In 50% of U.S. homes, 6 or more allergens can be detected at any one time.
Some of the most common allergens that can be found in U.S. homes are: dust mites, mold, insect droppings, pollen, and pet dander.
How to Allergy-Proof your home through cleaning …
- Wash all your bedding — no just your sheets — regularly.
- Use zip-up covers for your pillows and comforters to keep out dust mites.
- Vacuum carpets regularly.
- If you can, replace carpets with hard surface floors.
- Use washable curtains, and replace horizontal blinds with roll-up blinds or washable roller-type shades.
- Wipe up condensation/excess moisture to prevent mold growth.
- Check refrigerator drip pans and rubber door seals for mold.
- Wash dishes daily.
- Wipe down sinks and cabinets with water and detergent.
- Air Filters
- HEPA air filters are a great way to remove indoor air pollutants.
- Installing a vented exhaust in the kitchen will help reduce moisture and remove cooking fumes.
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