Here are tips for targeting these three allergy hotspots.
Cleaning the Bedroom
In the bedroom, change linens and wash them in hot water at least once a week. To prevent hay fever and pollen allergies, dry sheets in the clothes dryer, not outside.
Vacuum under the bed, and avoid storing anything under the bed. Keeping papers, boxes or storage containers under the bed can trap dust bunnies and make cleaning more difficult.
Cleaning behind dressers, beds, couches and other large pieces of furniture that remain stationary is paramount in reducing allergens. Tackle these tasks a minimum of once every three months. It’s best to do this kind of deep cleaning once a month, if possible.
Cleaning the Bathroom
In the bathroom, a little bit of prevention goes a long way toward reducing mold and mildew that can cause allergies. Bathrooms are usually wet, plus they’re used for cleaning ourselves off, so human dandruff, dust, hair and mold accumulate there.
Avoid fully carpeted bathroom floors. Instead, use a washable bath mat over a ceramic tile or vinyl floor. Run an exhaust fan or dehumidifier to keep the bathroom humidity below 50 percent.
Pay special attention to your shower curtain, as mold can easily develop on it. Run fabric shower curtains through the washer at 130 degrees or higher every week and cleaning plastic ones weekly. This will reduce the amount of mold growing in the bathroom and can quickly reduce asthma reactions.
Cleaning the Entryway
It’s important to focus on all entry ways because they’re how pollen and mold from the great outdoors are usually tracked into the house. Give any front, back and side doors a regular and thorough cleaning — don’t forget about doggie doors or animal entryways.
To reduce symptoms from outdoor allergens while inside the home, implement a no-shoes-in-the-house policy. Remove shoes when you first enter the house and place them on a mat — which you wash frequently.
Vacuum high-traffic areas (including entryways, frequently used hallways and pathways to the living room, kitchen or family room) at least twice weekly. If you have pets, vacuum daily. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA is a defined government standard for filtration, and allergens can’t get through a HEPA filter. Once they’ve been sucked up, they are in the bag and gone.