Spring Clean Your Home to Minimize Eczema Triggers
Did you know that with the right cleaning and preparation, you can remove allergens from your home? Eczema triggers include dust, mold, pet dander, and various types of soaps and cleaning products. You can prepare your home for spring and avoid eczema triggers with these 8 tips:
Spring Cleaning Tip #1 - Dusting
It may seem obvious that you should be dusting your home, but being thorough with your dusting is one of the top ways that you can reduce allergens in your home. To dust the right way, make sure that you’re using a method that doesn’t just move the dust around but actually traps and locks in the dust from both hard and soft surfaces. There are special dry dusting products, or use a moist cloth.
Don’t miss hard to reach places like the top of high shelves and the top of door and window frames. Dust all of your baseboards and the rims and surfaces all through your bathroom. Check lamps and lampshades carefully. Watch out for dust collectors like dried flowers that are often forgotten.
Spring Cleaning Tip #2 - Vacuuming
A good vacuum goes a long way when it comes to eliminating allergens and eczema triggers. A high efficiency vacuum should be certified to have a proper hepa or water filter, and tight seals so that none of the particles leak from your vacuum. Choose a vacuum with a canister that is easy to empty and consider changing the filter or emptying the canister outside each time rather than inside of your home.
When vacuuming, don’t limit yourself to exposed areas. Move your bed and vacuum both underneath and all along the edge directly against the wall. You might also use a damp cloth to wipe clean the baseboards.
Spring Cleaning Tip #3 – Wash All Fabrics
As you probably know, carpet is not ideal for people with allergies and eczema. If you do have carpet in your home, make sure to rent a high powered carpet shampooer or hire a professional carpet shampooing service to clean all of the carpets in your home. Only allow them to use hot water and steam to clean carpets.
Take down all drapes and curtains for a full washing, and remove any bedding and linens that are washed less frequently like bed skirts. This is also a good time to place certified allergen-barrier bedding on your mattresses and pillows.
If you have children, and especially if you have a child with eczema, plush toys should all be washed in hot water. Choose certified plush toys over regular stuffed animals as these toys attract dust mites, pet dander, and mold over time.
Spring Cleaning Tip #4 – Purge
In your spring cleaning, you will encounter many dust and allergen collecting items around your home. Whenever possible, do without these items. So far we’ve mentioned carpets, dried flowers, bed skirts, etc. Consider these items and other dusty items around your home and dispose of or donate whatever you can to make your home more allergy friendly.
Spring Cleaning Tip #5 – Eliminate Red Flags for Mold
Mold is a common allergy trigger and can be quite dangerous. It’s triggered by moisture and can grow anywhere, but you should be particularly cautious in your bathroom and kitchen. Choose cleaning products that both kill and prevent mold.
Replace sponges and cleaning rags regularly. Always rinse thoroughly after use to remove excess moisture. Clean both your hand towels and full sized towels regularly, at least once a week. It’s also a good idea to keep your household humidity lower than 50%.
Reduce standing water from your home. If puddles accumulate along the sides of your sink or around the bathtub or shower, find a way to solve the problem. Fix leaky pipes and cracks which also attract mold.
Spring Cleaning Tip #6 – Choose Cleaning Products Carefully
Did you know that some cleaning products could actually interfere with your home’s air quality? Certain products can produce airborne irritants, particularly those with strong odors, and always be careful of harsh chemicals. It’s also important to be careful of labeled products as some ingredients might be better for the environment but could still be allergic/eczema triggers.
Spring Cleaning Tip #7 – Pet-Protect your Home
Did you know that you might have pet dander in your home, even if you don’t have a pet? In fact, it doesn’t matter if you have a cat or a dog; the dander can be carried in on your shoes, or it can be airborne. Vacuuming and dusting will take care of that in a non-pet home, but if you do have pets, try to keep them out of the bedroom. If that’s not at all possible, then be even more frequent and thorough in your laundering; wash all bedding in hot water (130+ degree) at least once a week.
Spring Cleaning Tip #8 – Adopt a Slipper Culture
In many parts of the world there is a strong slipper culture, and this is a good idea for your home. Leave your shoes at the front door, and protect your feet by wearing slippers, but not the furry kind. Both socks and furry slippers gather dust and allergens.
Use these cleaning tips not only for your spring cleaning but to create a cleaning routine. Not only will you see a huge reduction in eczema triggers, but also your home will be cleaner and more comfortable all around.