Spring cleaning is the perfect time to tackle these allergy triggers.
If you have indoor allergies, you probably already know that regular cleaning is important. You might already dust, sweep up crumbs, and vacuum your carpet frequently. Still, even regular cleaners might miss a few sneaky spots—and those spots can gather allergens. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to tackle all the triggers of your indoor allergies.
Some of the most common triggers of indoor allergies include:
- Dust mites and cockroaches (more specifically, their saliva and feces)
- Pet dander from dogs and cats
- Mold and mildew
Spring Cleaning Tasks for Indoor Allergies
While you’re spring cleaning this year, don’t forget to add these tasks to your list to reduce symptoms of indoor allergies.
1. Throw your fabric curtains in the laundry
Fabric like curtains can give a home to dust mites. And be honest—when was the last time you cleaned them? To reduce the amount of allergens in your home, experts actually recommend switching to blinds or other non-fabric window coverings. If a major change like that is not an option for you, give them a good wash in the laundry.
2. Launder your pillows, too
You probably wash your pillowcases regularly, but the pillows themselves also accumulate allergens. In general, you should be able to wash any pillow unless it says “dry clean only.” Make sure it dries completely before you cover it in a pillowcase and sleep on it.
3. Clean under your kitchen appliances
Crumbs and food scraps attract cockroaches (yuck). Even if you sweep your kitchen and dining area regularly, you might miss the areas under your fridge, oven, and dishwasher. This spring, make sure to pull out those appliances so you can sweep away any cockroach-attracting crumbs.
4. Scrub mold and mildew from shower walls
It’s no fun cleaning mold and mildew, but it has to be done. Don’t forget the sneaky spots, like vents, exhaust fans, and corners.
5. Deep clean your carpets with a dry steam cleaner
You probably know that experts recommend replacing any carpet in your home with hard flooring, such as wood or tiles. Well, that’s not always an option. You might be renting your home, or you simply don’t have the budget to do a major change like that.
Regular vacuuming can help reduce dander and dust mites on carpet. However, it may also shake up the particles and launch them into the air. A dry steam cleaner can help clean your carpet without dispersing allergens everywhere. Just make sure to dry the carpet completely afterward to prevent mildew.
6. Launder your pets’ beds and stuffed toys
These are yet another example of fabric items that attract dust mites and dander. (Plus, any toy that goes in your pet’s mouth probably has a lot of germs on it, too.) Learn more tips for dealing with pet dander allergies here.
7. Clean or replace the filters on your air conditioning units
Air conditioners push around the air that you breathe, so they may worsen allergies. A good filter can help catch dander, pollen, and mold particles to make the air a little cleaner. (Learn more here about how to purify your air at home.)
Remember, spring cleaning can help you polish up your home, but don’t skip the regular cleanings year round. Your lung health—and your quality of life—will benefit from your efforts.