Lots of people who hate cleaning house jokingly claim that they’re allergic to doing chores. But it’s no laughing matter when you’re cleaning and you’re suddenly sneezing non-stop or breaking out in hives!
Sure, you can always hire a professional cleaning service and just come back when they’re done. But if you want to save money and do everything yourself, there are more practical ways to go about it.
Choose a vacuum cleaner that helps reduce allergens.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, you can breathe a sigh of relief (or stop holding your breath altogether) while vacuuming.
Aside from wearing a lower face mask while doing chores, you can choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to make sure all the fine-particled allergens are removed from surfaces.
You can also have a dependable robot vacuum suck up the dust and allergens as soon as they settle on the floor. This way, they don’t have time to accumulate and can be vacuumed even when you’re away.
Just make sure to empty your dust bags or canisters and clean your filters after every use. Otherwise, you’ll just be harbouring allergens inside the very tool that’s supposed to be getting rid of them.
Use organic or unscented cleaning solutions.
It’s great that a lot of disinfection services in Singapore are sensitive to their clients’ needs and have begun using organic and unscented cleaning solutions. This means you can get your carpet cleaned and not worry about having an adverse reaction to harsh chemicals.
You can do the same when you’re cleaning on your own. Use natural products you usually keep in your pantries like lemon juice, distilled white vinegar, and baking soda to lessen the risks of being irritated by chemicals.
But for fabrics that need dry cleaning, it’s still better to get them properly done by experts. Experimenting with homemade remedies might ruin them in the process.
Declutter your home and keep pets well-groomed.
The best way to keep your house free of allergens is to keep it cleaned and maintain its cleanliness regularly. For busy homeowners and residents, however, that’s easier said than done.
This is especially true for those who keep pets indoors. Dander and shed fur can be the culprits behind your itchy eyes and skin, so bring your pets to the dog grooming or cat grooming centre on a regular basis.
While you’re at it, make sure everything is cleaned and decluttered before they have time to build up to an unmanageable mess. Look behind your curtains and sofa for hidden dust bunnies, clumps of fur and hair, fur-encrusted toys, and other allergens just waiting to make your life miserable.
Control the humidity and temperature indoors.
A hot and humid home can become a breeding ground for mould growth and dust mites. Aside from getting professional mould removal services, you can prevent this from happening by controlling the humidity and heat levels indoors.
A dehumidifier can do wonders to combat cloying heat while eliminating odours that come with an overly humid space.
You can also consider placing some air purifiers in certain rooms to ensure that no bacterial growth, fungi, or mildew occur.