It's that time of year again for spring cleaning: getting rid of all the clutter and freshening up the entire house. This could mean anything from throwing out old papers to scrubbing your whole house with a Magic Eraser. Spring cleaning can be a struggle for eczema sufferers because of all the cleaning products but ridding the house of potential triggers can also provide optimal benefits.
Tip #1 – Use Eczema-safe Cleaning Products
Most cleaning products contain chemicals that, although harmless to most people, can act as triggers for eczema sufferers. In fact, many janitors and other cleaning staff have eczema on their hands. To avoid these flare-ups, find an eczema-safe multipurpose cleaning solution. Keep in mind that just because something says it is hypoallergenic doesn't mean it is eczema-safe. Search online to find confirmed eczema-safe products. They might cost a little more but will be worth the expense if they prevent a flare-up. Plain white cleaning vinegar is a less expensive yet effective eczema-safe cleaning product that sterilizes and even kills mold. Just be prepared for your home to smell like a salad for a day or two.
Tip #2 – Dusting
Dust is a nasty allergen. It can also be a powerful eczema trigger. Giving your home a thorough dusting when spring comes around can greatly improve its air quality. Additionally, consider buying an air purifier to keep the air clean from dust and other allergens throughout the year. This is especially useful after spring cleaning since there will be a good deal of stirred-up dust in the air!
Tip #3 – Get Rid of Clutter (But Again, Watch Out for Dust!)
Take a look in your basement if you have one. Are there stacks of boxes that you haven’t looked in for years? Why not throw them out or donate anything that’s useful? Spring cleaning is the ideal time to get rid of random clutter but be sure to wear a mask and gloves since everything is likely to be very dusty after years of being unattended. Children with eczema who want to help might be better suited for a more eczema-friendly task elsewhere.
Tip #4 – Change Bedding
If you have a child with eczema, you probably change their bedding frequently. Unwashed bedding can be full of dust mites and other allergens that can exacerbate an eczema flareup. Spring cleaning, however, is a great time to consider what else you can do to improve your child’s sleep experience. If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are performing Wet Wrap Therapy every night. If this is paired with one of our Eczema Rescue Suits, most of their body will be in contact with a super soft material throughout the night. If a full Eczema Rescue Suit is not needed because eczema is localized to smaller patches on certain areas of the body, consider investing in super soft sheets so their skin isn’t coming into contact with any rough material while they sleep. For isolated eczema prone areas, we offer a number of different Eczema Clothing options, including Eczema Gloves and Eczema Sleeves, that work perfectly with Wet Wrap Therapy for young and old alike.
These spring cleaning tips will hopefully help you and your child live in a safer environment, as well as perhaps build cleaning habits that will combat eczema and stay with you throughout the year! Happy cleaning!
Tip #5 – Trap Dust
Make sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and use unscented swiffers. This in combination with an allergy friendly furnace filter will control your dust and dust mites.
Read this article on the best vacuum for an eczema sufferer.
Read this article on the best furnace filter for your air conditioner.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.