Cleaning for Allergies

By Heather Legg

I’ve often written about how to clean effectively for airborne/environmental allergies; this past week I have been doing it. My daughter seems to have found an allergen this late summer, and it’s effected her in the eyes and nose. She has woken up sniffly and dark eyed. at first I thought it may be something outside, like mold, but then realized that the accumulated dust and dog hair from a busy summer with kids at home is the culprit as well.

Since school started back and I have a little more time, I have been devoting that time to cleaning the house, top to bottom, floor to ceiling and wall to wall. I’ve gotten through most it now, and I am sure it is time to start all over, but I am amazed at what I have found, and a little ashamed.

My house is usually fairly clean, impeccable, no, but not slovenly either. But let me tell you, when I got under beds and onto baseboards and behind furniture, I was amazed and disgusted at what I saw. Here’s the nitty gritty on what I’ve been doing, and believe it or not, I think my daughter’s allergies are subsiding, now I just have to stay on top of it.

• I’ve thoroughly wiped all baseboards to wipe away accumulated dust and dog hair. I’ve also gotten into the corners where things really pile up. It’s not just scooping what is lying there, but really scrubbing into the corners.
• Changed all bedding and I am dusting the bed frames. We all have iron beds so they don’t appear dusty, but dust accumulates in the curls and swirls. And guess what, your head is right next to all of that.
• Vacuumed under beds and moved furniture around to get under the not every day places. Near my dog’s bed and under our bed was a mountain  of dog hair. Well, not a mountain, but much more than I could have imagined being there. I do vacuum regularly, but not regularly in those spots, now I will.
• Dusted doors and door frames top to bottom. We dust window sills all the time, what about the top of a door and a door frame? yuck!
• I’ve scheduled a carpet cleaner to come in and clean all of the carpets deep down. They say do this at least every 3 to 6 months. I bet most of us don’t. I know I don’t.
• Controlling clutter. Clutter is dusty, and the more of it, the more dust.

Now that everything is getting under control, from clutter to dust to allergies, I am determined to keep it this way. I don’t ever want to see those piles of dust and dog hair again hidden away under the bed!

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