The start of summer is here, bringing warmer, longer days to enjoy. This weather also brings an increase of ragweed, grass pollen, and other allergens. Heat and humidity are perfect conditions for the growth of mold. For allergy sufferers, these things make you feel miserable.

Try these cleaning tips to reduce allergens in your home and help make you feel better.

Outdoors

Sweep the outside entrance of your home and take off your shoes before coming inside. These two things will reduce a number of allergens that you bring into your home.

Living Areas

Vacuuming two or three times a week during allergy season will make your home healthier. Make sure to get underneath beds and behind large furniture where dust bunnies gather. Remember to vacuum furniture and curtains also, because they collect and hang on to dust. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter is best. HEPA filters trap smaller dirt particles, pollen, and pet dander. Consequently, vacuums without a filter throw more debris back into the air.

Are there piles of clutter around your home? If so, get rid of them because they are a magnet for dust.

And use a damp cloth or mop when you clean hard surfaces and floors. This works better than a dry cloth, which only knocks allergens back into the air.

Kitchen

Mold is one of the worst things for you if you have allergies, and it thrives in the kitchen. Make sure you keep areas by the sink, underneath the sink, and around the dishwasher dry to deter growth. Also, when you cook, use the stove exhaust to remove moisture from the air.

Even if your home is clean, cockroaches can easily get into your home through tiny cracks and crevices. Their sheddings are a trigger for allergies. Keep yourself protected by wrapping and securely storing all food. After cooking, make sure to wipe down the counters and stovetop to get rid of crumbs. Use a trashcan that has a lid on it. And never let dirty dishes pile in the sink.

Bathroom

Humidity in bathrooms is a perfect condition for mold and mildew to grow. Prevent growth by doing the following:

Use the exhaust or a dehumidifier to decrease humidity. Weekly, clean grout, and tile exposed to water and steam. After using your shower, wipe down wet surfaces with a dry towel. Wash bath mats on a weekly basis. Lastly, if your shower curtains are washable, launder them once a week.

Indoor Pets

While pets are a joy to have, they can wreak havoc on your allergies. But there are a couple of things you can do to lessen the impact of pet dander on your allergies.

Wash their bedding regularly in hot water. Not only is this better for your allergies, but your pets will benefit from a cleaner, fresher environment.

More importantly, don't let pets sleep in your bedroom. Why? Pets carry pollen on their body. When they shake off and roll around, that debris flies in the air. At night as the temperature cools, the pollen and dust settle towards the ground, making your allergies worse during sleep.


Cleaning Products

Finally, keep safe when cleaning. While cleaning products do not cause allergies, they can trigger symptoms like sneezing and itchy eyes. If this happens to you, choose green unscented cleaners and laundry detergents.

And if you live in Santa Cruz County and need help cleaning during allergy season, give Bee-Clene a call at 831-438-1111. We will set up your free consultation today.