Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you’ve all had a fantastic week, and are looking forward to the weekend. We definitely are.
We certainly got a lot of cleaning done this week, as per usual, and since it’s spring, we’ve been pushing things pretty hard. Of course with the changing of the seasons comes another thing we have to deal with on top of cleaning…allergies!
They’re a pain when you’re outside, and even worse when you have to deal with them inside, right? No one should have to suffer inside their own home, so luckily we’re here this week with a few tips on how you can help alleviate your spiring allergies inside your home, and all it takes is a little cleaning.
In the Bedroom
We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, and suffering from allergies while lying in bed is no fun. So what can you do about them? Here’s a few things that will help you out.
- Get rid of clutter and dust magnets such as magazines, stuffed animals, and little knickknacks that collect allergens.
- Dust frequently in your bedroom with a damp cloth.
- Vacuum using a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. Trust us, that filter makes a big difference.
- Make sure to launder your pillow and sheets weekly, while your comforters, blankets, and mattress pads can be washed on a monthly basis.
- Vacuum your mattress for roughly 2 minutes each side, twice monthly, to help reduce all the allergens and dust that get trapped in it.
- Finally, if you have carpet, consider switching to hardwood floors that don’t trap dust as much as carpet does.
In the Bathroom
You bathroom is a sanctuary, of sorts, so you shouldn’t have to deal with allergies in your sanctuary, right? Mold and mildew are prominent in this area of the home, so here how to help keep it at bay.
- After you shower be sure to sponge the shower walls dry.
- Keep your shower door or curtain open after showering to allow everything to air out properly.
- If you have a fabric shower curtain, make sure to wash it with liquid bleach and detergent. If it’s been while and there’s a lot of mildew on there, soak it in a gallon of water along with a 1/4 cup of bleach before washing.
- For vinyl shower curtains, make sure to scrub them with either liquid bleach, or a mildew remover before you wash them…and remember, never put them in the dryer.
In the Kitchen
Like the bathroom, mold and mildew are the biggest allergens you have to deal with in the kitchen, so to help keep things clean in there, you can do the following:
- Make sure to keep the areas under your sinks nice and dry at all times, and clean under there regularly using a disinfectant.
- Clean inside your fridge regularly because moisture in there makes it a prime breeding ground for mold. Use a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner, or our favorite…a solution of baking soda and water.
In the Living Room
Dust, pollen, mold, mildew…it can all reside in the living room where we live to hang out, entertain friends, or just take a nap on the couch. And as the kids like to say…ain’t nobody got time for that! Here’s how to help alleviate your allergies in the living room.
- Toss your curtains in the wash on a regular basis, as these are magnets for dust.
- If you have hardwood floors, make sure to vacuum them regularly.
- Give your window frames and sills a good cleaning every couple of weeks, making sure to look out for mold and mildew that can reside there.
- If you have carpet in your living room, again, vacuum on a regular basis with a HEPA filtered vacuum, going against the nap. When your vacuum’s container os half full, empty it, because anything more than the and the vacuum will start to lose suction power.
- If you’ve got kids that like to keep some of their toys in there, make sure to clean the soft, machine-washable ones on a regular basis, and use a damp cloth to clean dust off the hard ones.
There, that wasn’t so bad, was it? It might seem like a lot of work to help keep those allergens at bay, but really, it can be done with just a few minuscule tasks that take no time at all. Your life will be so much happier because of it, too, because you won’t have as many allergy attacks inside your home, because no one should have to suffer with that while trying to live their life.
That’s it for now, Mopper. Have a great weekend, and we’ll chat with you again next week. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!