So, you want a clean home but you are sensitive to dust, and you stir up dust when you clean. You want a tidy home, but the chemicals you use to clean with a cause you to break out or sneeze or feel lightheaded. What do you do?
There are ways that you can clean that will prevent you from feeling awful and that won’t trigger your allergies. We want to share a few of these with you to help you handle the cleaning in your home better, and if all else fails, you can always call for a cleaning company to do the work.
Use Protection when Cleaning
If you want to protect yourself from an allergic reaction or irritation when you clean, it makes sense to simply use proper protection. Wearing rubber cleaning gloves is a start, but you can go further than that. A face shield or goggles will provide great protection against floating irritants and allergens. A face mask will help to protect your mouth and nose from pollen, dust, and other particles that are floating through the air. As you clean, you will kick particles up into the air and expose yourself to allergens, so wearing proper protection is essential for keeping yourself safe.
You can wear a fully body PPE suit as well, if the situation is really bad. Focus on covering your exposed skin more than anything, though, and covering sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, and nose. That’s where allergens get in and cause the most damage.
Use Safe Cleaning Chemicals
You don’t have to buy the big-name brand cleaning supplies off of the shelves to clean effectively. You can use independent cleaning solutions made with mild chemical or environmentally friendly cleaning supplies that are water-based. Look for cleaners that claim to be free of chemicals, parabens, irritants, and VOCs. These kinds of components can cause irritation and reactions, and you can avoid all of that by simply buying different cleaning supplies.
Clean Dust the Safe Way
One big mistake people make when dusting is to use a feather duster or similar dry design method. This is really bad for your allergies or the allergies of anyone else in the house. It stirs up dust and moves it around rather than getting rid of it. The feather duster needs to go, so does any dry dusting method. Instead, use a wet cloth that is safe for the furniture. You can clean off dust with a wipe of your wet cloth, using water to dampen it.