Sometimes people try to make their home too clean.
We all know that controlling your allergies and asthma really starts at home. This time of year many people with allergies will stay indoors. Staying indoors may solve the outdoor allergen problem but you still have dust mites, pet dander and other indoor allergens to deal with.
I was reading an article the other day that said you need to get aggressive with your cleaning to reduce your allergy symptoms. It talked about getting rid of your pets, stuffed furniture, carpets, stuffed toys, drapes, books and anything else that can hold dust.
Now after you get rid of all your stuff you needed to scrub, dust and vacuum multiple times a week (don’t forget to wear your dust mask) to keep the house clean.
While all of that may be necessary for someone with extreme allergies it is not necessary for most. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to live in a bubble or a house with nothing in it. In some cases aggressive cleaning can cause you more problems than it can fix.
Every time you dust the furniture or run the vacuum small particles are stirred up and become airborne. Now that they are floating in the air you or your children can easily breath them in which then can cause allergies or asthma to flare up.
If you are cleaning every day then you will always have stuff floating in the air. I can’t tell you the number of people we have talked to over the years that the allergies got better once they quit running the vacuum right before they put their child down for a nap or 7 o’clock at night when everyone was around the house.
Now I’m not saying stop cleaning the house. All I’m suggesting is do it in moderation.
Clean when necessary and try to clean when what you do stir up has a chance to settle. Most of the time we do the “big” cleaning on Saturday morning and then pick up during the week. When the kids were home it was done more often.
Wishing you the best of health
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