Did you know that cleaning is one of the easiest steps you can take to help reduce allergy or asthma flares (episodes) caused by many of the most common triggers? These triggers include animal dander, dust mites, mold, mildew and pollen. If left alone, these can build up over time and make symptoms worse.
It’s World Asthma Day and a great time to do some spring cleaning, especially if you have a loved one in the home who suffers from allergies or asthma. Here are some tips for cleaning to control some of the top allergens in your home:
- Mold/Mildew – Clean appliances like humidifiers, dishwashers and washing machines regularly, according to manufacturer instructions. Clean the bathroom, paying special attention to where the floor meets the tub or shower and under the sink.
- Dust mites – Wash bedding regularly. Dust and vacuum weekly.
- Pollen – Wash curtains regularly. Clean windowsills and frames.
- Cockroaches – Clean the kitchen at the end of each day. Sweep the floor of crumbs.
- Animal Dander – Vacuum weekly and steam clean periodically, including couch cushions when possible. Clean pet things (toys, bowls, etc.) and bathe pet regularly.
Your family doctor can help determine the allergens that affect your household the most. In addition to regular cleaning, they may recommend making changes to your furnishings, like removing carpeting from a sleeping area.
Cleaning can be a great way to help care for an asthmatic loved one in your life! Get more tips and information on cleaning for asthma and allergies here.