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Prep for Spring Allergies in One Clean Sweep!

Prep for Spring Allergies in One Clean Sweep!

Spring is finally here! But with indoor allergens lingering and seasonal allergens springing back up, your allergies may have kicked into high gear. Learn some quick cleaning tips to help keep your allergies at bay so you can enjoy the day.

Spring cleaning is not only a great way to give your house some order, but a clean home can offer some allergy relief. While springtime is known for its pesky pollen allergens, there are many different allergens that can trigger your symptoms—including indoor triggers which may have built-up over the winter.

So up first we’re tackling the most common indoor allergens: mould, dust mites, and pet dander, with quick-hit cleaning tips to help you finish up fast so you can get outside and enjoy the day.

Keep Moisture and Mould Controlled:

Mould thrives in damp environments, so reducing moisture in your home may prevent mould growth—helping to improve your indoor allergies.

  • Be extra attentive to bathrooms as mould is prone to grow in this area. If you see a spot of mould on bathroom surfaces, scrub away with detergent and water, followed by a thorough dry.
  • Reduce moisture in your home by cleaning leaves from your gutters to help water drain away from your house.
  • Grab a dehumidifier if any of your rooms feel damp. Ideally, humidity levels should be kept between 30-60%.
  • And an extra tip for your everyday: use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to help reduce moisture lingering in the air.

Dust Away the Allergens:

Dust mites are teeny tiny relatives of spiders that live indoors and feed on human skin flakes. They’re so small we can’t see them, but they live on our mattresses, bedding, furniture, curtains and carpets. No matter how much you clean you can never remove all of the dust mites from your home, but there are steps you can take that may help reduce them.

  • Put dust mite impermeable covers on your pillows and mattresses.
  • Use a damp or electrostatic cloth to dust all the surfaces in your home weekly. Don’t use a dry cloth because this will just stir up mite allergens.
  • Wash your pillowcases, sheets, and blankets in 60°C water (or the “hot” setting). Keep doing this every week moving forward.
  • Clean your carpet weekly using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to trap allergens that pass through the vacuum’s exhaust.
  • Remove soft toys, sheepskins and woollen underlays from your bedroom.

Getting Ahead of Pet Dander:

Pet dander is most likely lingering in hidden ways in your home. Luckily, there are some things you can do if you’re allergic to your favourite little guy.

  • Wash your pet’s bed and any fabric from your pet’s other favourite places (for example: consider your curtains if your cat loves to look out the window).
  • Use the spring as an excuse to replace old throw rugs.
  • And if that’s not enough, a final tip: Keep pets out of your bedroom! You spend a lot of time asleep, so it’s important to keep your pet dander exposure as low as possible at night-time.

Tackling New Spring Allergens

Now that your house is cleaner and you’ve taken care of lingering indoor allergy triggers, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the rest of the day. If you also struggle with springtime allergens, unfortunately you can’t “clean them away,” but you can start some habits to help manage your spring allergies.

  • Shower at night before going to bed! This will help keep outdoor allergens (which can travel on your skin and in your hair) from triggering your symptoms while you sleep.
  • As much as you may love that fresh-air smell, don’t hang your laundry outside until your seasonal triggers subside.
  • Keep windows closed in your car or home to help reduce pollen levels.
  • Wear gloves and a mask while gardening or mowing (or have someone else help).
  • Remain indoors on windy days or after thunderstorms.
  • Wear sunglasses to help reduce the amount of pollen that may get into your eyes.

One Last Thing:

Always have your medication handy in case your symptoms should start. With so many allergens in different locations, you can come in contact with them at any time. Claratyne provides rapid 24-hour relief of symptoms that can be triggered by over 200 allergens.

Keep reading: Understanding Spring Allergy Seasons