When one sneeze attack chases the next: whether you are allergic to house dust, animal hair or grass pollen – we have the 12 best cleaning tips for allergy sufferers, to give you an allergy-free environment in your home.
A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is particularly suitable for allergy sufferers because, unlike other models, it works with a particulate filter. This ensures that even the finest particles such as skin flakes, pollen, mites and fine dust are absorbed and safely sealed.
House dust mites are most comfortable in damp, dark and warm corners of the home. Therefore, cleaning should be done particularly frequently in these problem areas. Surfaces are also considered dust collectors and should be dusted at least once a week. The important thing here is not just to wipe the dust from right to left, but also to bind it lastingly thanks to special anti-static substances or with the help of damp cloths.
Extra tip: “ Surfaces can be made antistatic and therefore less susceptible to dust. Simply mix fabric softener and water in a 1/3 ratio in a spray bottle, spray the mixture on a cloth and wipe the surfaces with it. But be careful: electrical devices as well as real wood furniture should be left out so as not to provoke any damage to the surfaces “, says household economist Bianca Schuster.
House dust mites primarily feed on dead skin. In order to deprive them of food, it is therefore important to regularly wash and clean all objects that often come into contact with the surface of the skin. In addition to clothing, mattresses and bed linen, this also includes pillows and upholstered furniture.
If you have animal roommates, you should make sure to brush them regularly to reduce the spread of animal hair in the entire apartment. Also advisable: Prepare a bedchamber for the pets in the living room so that the bedroom remains free of hair and dust.
A tip that is often underestimated: regular ventilation! If you ventilate the entire apartment for a short time at least twice a day, you will ensure that the air circulation continues and that dust cannot settle so easily.
Since we spend almost half of our lives sleeping in bed, it is important to keep our sleeping area free of dust and dust mites. Make sure to ventilate and vacuum the mattress regularly. You also need to shake out blankets and pillows thoroughly every day, and wash sheets and pillow cases once a week. Also important: Even with good care, things in daily use, such as mattresses, blankets or pillows, should be replaced every few years.
Order is half the battle – especially with allergy sufferers! If you make sure to keep the apartment tidy and tidy at all times, you will avoid the dust becoming lodged. Minimalism is particularly recommended in the bedroom. Decorative items, vases or pictures should better find their place in other rooms, as they quickly become dust catchers in the bedroom. The less “attack surface” a room offers, the less dust can settle.
A large dust and mite collector in the bedroom: open, worn clothing. Anyone who temporarily stores their outfit for the day in the bedroom brings flakes of skin, pollen and mites that have accumulated in their clothing during the day into the bedroom. So: out with your clothes. Either sort clothes away immediately, stow them in a closet or store them temporarily in another room.
Hidden mold spores in the bathroom, kitchen or bedroom can also lead to allergies and breathing problems. Therefore, pay particular attention to endangered areas such as room corners, wall surfaces behind cupboards, skirting boards and damp outside walls. Regular ventilation and good insulation in your own four walls help prevent mold from developing in the first place.
Even on our upholstered furniture, such as sofas, armchairs or chairs, many mini-particles such as dander, mites, pollen or dust collect during the day. In order to avoid these dust collectors, upholstered furniture must also be cleaned regularly. In order to bind the dust in the long term, these should be regularly wiped with a damp cloth, always taking the manufacturer’s recommendations into account.
A lot doesn’t always help a lot! Anyone who has to clean their home more often and more intensively than others due to an allergy should pay more attention to using gentle and environmentally friendly cleaning agents. This not only protects nature and furniture, it also means that less toxic gases and vapors can get into the air, which in turn lead to new intolerances and allergies.