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Clean Your Home to Eliminate Allergens

Part 2 in a Series about cleaning your home to eliminate allergens.

This blog post is meant solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult your physician for details about treating allergies.

Your house is a place to relax and entertain family and friends, far from the worries of the outside world. But is your home a haven for hidden allergens? Do dust mites hang out on your sofa as much as you do? Do mold spores hide in the crevices of your shower? Unseen housemates can turn a happy home into a house of allergy horrors.

Last week, we discussed some housecleaning basics for eliminating allergens in the home. This post will focus on ways to eliminate allergies from kids’ rooms. There are several specific considerations to be address when allergy-proofing a child’s bedroom.

Allergy-Proof Kids’ Beds

As soon as your son or daughter is ready to graduate from the crib to a “grown up bed,” invest in a new mattress encased in allergen-impermeable coverings. These casings efficiently block out dust mites and mold spores, while remaining breathable and water permeable.

If your baby’s new mattress isn’t sealed in vinyl, encase it in a plastic, waterproof covering before the baby ever sleeps on it. This simple step will prevent the growth of mold. Then, top the plastic or vinyl with a dust-mite-proof encasing. Replace mattresses if they start to smell or show signs of mold.

Allergy-Proof Kids’ Toys

Although they are cute and irresistible to kids, stuffed animals can harbor dust mites. If your child insists on cuddling with a stuffed toy, buy one that’s durable and washable. To keep it from housing dust mites, wash it each week along with linens. Keep all toys in dust-free containers away from the bed and not on the floor.

Allergy-Proof Kids’ Rooms

1.     Dust: When it comes to allergy prevention, one of the most important things you can do to protect your kids is to thoroughly dust with a liquid cleanser. Avoid the use of feather dusters, as they kick dust into the air instead of eliminating it.

  1. A/C: Allergy-prone kids do best in air-conditioned rooms. If your home doesn’t have central air conditioning, purchase a wall or window-unit for your child’s bedroom. And be sure to close the door to keep dust from the outside from landing on your kids’ dresser, nightstand or bookshelves.
  2. Out with the Old: Eliminate old carpet or area rugs that could harbor mites and mold.
  3. Keep food where it belongs: Don’t let your kids eat in their room. Cockroaches love pizza, popcorn and fish crackers as much as children do.
  4. The Air in There: Buy a portable HEPA air filter.
  5. Keep Closets Clean. Avoid the temptation to use kids’ closets for extra household storage. The more items you store, the more surfaces there are for dust to settle. Use closets for solely for storing laundered clothes. If you store shoes in the closet, hang them on wire shoe racks to encourage air circulation. Also, although it might be convenient to store the clothes hamper in the closet, make sure it’s a well-ventilated area to limit mold growth. Also, don’t toss wet towels into the closet.
  6. Clean on a Regular Basis. The safest way to keep your home allergy-free, clean it on a regular basis.

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