Allergy season gets the best of us. But if you or someone you know has adverse effects to allergies, here are a few tips around the house that are best for allergen reduction.
Vacuum: The type of vacuum you choose makes a huge difference in allergen reduction. If you don’t have a fine-particle HEPA filter vacuum, use a double bag to trap as many particles as possible. Select a bagless vacuum that has a sealed cleaning station that automatically empties the cup or regularly clean and wash out the collection cup. Or a robotic vacuum and mop system that offers nightly continuous cleaning is a good choice to keep allergens under control on all types of flooring while you are not in the room.
Fabric Allergen Sanitizer Vacuum: These vacuums use ultraviolet light to kill dust mites and bacteria and then a dual filtration system to eliminate 99.9% of the offenders from fabric surfaces.
Washable Microfiber Cleaning Cloths and Mops: Microfiber cloths will attract dust better than cotton or paper towels. Choose tools with removable heads that can be tossed in the washer for a thorough cleaning. Dampen mops and cleaning cloths lightly before using to attract the most dust.
Disposable Dust Wipes: Synthetic dusting wipes and wands attract dust and create static cling that will hold the dust until it can be disposed of in the trash.
Protective Masks and Gloves: Opt for disposable or washable masks. Avoid latex gloves and choose cotton-lined rubber gloves instead to prevent skin irritation.
Laundry Products: Choose detergents and other stain removal products that are dye free and unscented. Studies have shown that dye is often the culprit in skin irritation.