Friday, 19 October 2012

How to keep your home allergen-free - Black & Decker

Dust mite, pet dander, pollen, cockroach droppings, mould, etc that enter our home can prove annoying for those who are allergic to these.

One can follow a few easy tips to minimize these allergy-producing conditions and enjoy a healthier life indoors.

Use a damp cloth to clean surfaces

Dusting furniture can kick up the dust particles into the air, causing a bout of sneezing. Using a damp cloth or dust-attracting swab to clean furniture surfaces is more effective.

Vacuum cleaning

Use a vacuum cleaner to clean rugs and carpets and the furniture upholstery. Sometimes, even a vacuum cleaner can throw up dust, so be sure to use one with a HEPA filter.

Avoid pet dander

Dead flakes from your furry pet can cause allergy hence it is important to vacuum floor surfaces and carpet regularly to get rid of the pet dander. Keep your pet clean and vaccinated at all times.

Wash bed linens

Dust mites gather around the bed linens, hence regular washing of the bed covers, pillow and cushion covers is recommended.

Use of natural cleaning products

Chemical cleaning agents can spark off allergic reaction in some people. Natural cleaning agents like baking soda, vinegar and lemon can be used as effective and safe alternatives. Eco-friendly natural cleaning products that are available in market these days offer better solution.

De-humidifying wet and damp areas

Wet and damp areas like the bathroom collect mould and mildew. Keeping the exhaust-fan on after a shower, cleaning the wet surface with diluted bleach, washing the shower curtains regularly can help the fight against these allergens.  Using tiles instead of wallpaper reduces the chances of mould or fungus gathering.

Beware of the pollen

Pollen in the air is a major cause of allergy for many people. By avoiding going near the plants during dusk, changing clothes once indoors can help reduce the exposure to pollen. 


Keeping the house pest-free

Regular pest-control around the house needs to be done to get rid of pests like cockroach and other insects. One can avail of the herbal pesticides to decrease the usage of chemicals within the house too.

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