Allergies can be pretty awful. If you find being in your home makes them worse, that can mean it’s time to clean your home in such a way that you reduce your exposure to your allergens. Cleaning with that purpose in mind can help your efforts be more effective at reducing your allergy symptoms.

Wipe Down Dusty Surfaces

Dust and dust mites are common household allergens. If you’re allergic to these allergens, make sure you regularly wipe down surfaces that tend to collect dust. Don’t forget about areas that are higher up either. When you dust, it’s especially important that you pick up the dust instead of just moving it around. For this reason, feather dusters may not be the most effective option if your surfaces aren’t already basically clean. Depending on the surface you’re cleaning, better options include damp cloths and paper towels, microfiber towels, and different vacuum attachments.

Clean Your Carpet

Your carpet is your home’s biggest filter. It collects dust, dander, dust mites, and can grow moldy when left wet for too long. While mold isn’t necessarily dangerous, it can trigger allergic reactions. Because of how many allergens your carpet can hold, it’s important that you clean it regularly. Vacuuming is good, but when it comes to smaller allergens it may just be lifting them to the surface. It’s a good idea to wash your carpet every 3–6 months. The shampooing and rinsing can help you get a deeper clean than just a vacuum. If you need a more thorough cleaning, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner.

Wash Your Sheets

You spend about a third of your life in your bed, assuming you get the eight hours of sleep you’re supposed to. That’s a decent amount of time for your bed to collect dandruff, dead skin cells, and oils that can attract dust mites. Washing your sheets every week or two can help reduce the amount of, well, you that’s on your bed at a given time. This in turn can reduce the prevalence of dust mites in your bed. Wash your sheets with the warmest temperature directed in the washing instructions for your sheets. Remember to wash your other linens regularly as well.

If your home is triggering your allergies, regularly cleaning your house may help reduce your symptoms. Start by wiping down dusty surfaces, cleaning your carpet, and washing your sheets regularly. This will help reduce allergens such as dust, mold, dust mites, and dander, thereby reducing potential allergy triggers.

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