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How to Allergy-Proof Your Bathroom

Part 3 in a Series about How to Clean 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.

Over the past three weeks, we have discussed some housecleaning basics for eliminating allergens in the home. This post will focus on ways to eliminate allergies from bathrooms.

Glossy floors and shiny porcelain surfaces aren’t typical breeding grounds for dust-mites. However, that doesn’t mean your bathroom is out of danger from other allergens…chiefly, mold and cockroaches, which love the steamy warmth that bathrooms provide.

Tips for an Allergen-Free Bathroom

Minimizing moisture is critical. Exhaust fans and open windows reduce condensation. So you can manually remove moisture by wiping shower and sink areas after each use.

How to Clean a Bathroom:

  • Use waterproof wallpaper, or paint all bathroom walls. Mold spores can grow underneath wallpaper.
  • Install easy-to-clean tile near sinks and tubs.
  • Wash shower curtains once a month or purchase curtains that contain an antifungal agent.
  • Clean encrusted toothpaste and soap scum from cups and toothbrush storage containers. To make sure you clean these easily-forgotten areas, wash, rinse and dry containers each time you scrub the sink.
  • Use soap, water and a brush to clean surfaces where mold forms. But soap won’t kill existing mold. So consider purchasing a mold-killing cleaning product.
  • Make sure your bathroom remains well-ventilated and thoroughly rinse surfaces.
  • When you shower, turn on the exhaust fan or open a window to remove moisture.
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting does not belong in the bathroom. If your bathroom has carpet, rip it out. Bare floors are better than mold-harboring woven carpets.
  • Wash bath towels in hot water.

What to Safely Store in the Bathroom:

  • Products. Products stored in bathrooms can pose problems for people who are susceptible to skin allergies and/or who struggle with respiratory sensitivities. Avoid or limit contact with potential allergens/irritants:
  • Bleach. Bleach is harsh and can harm the skin on sensitive people. Wear gloves and a vapor mask if you are sensitive. Also, keep the room well-ventilated. Consider using natural, eco-friendly products such as baking soda, vinegar, natural soap and water.
  • Lotions. Many use perfumed soaps and shampoos, aftershaves, perfumes, antiperspirants, face creams, hair dyes, cosmetics and oils. Cater to skin sensitivities by using shampoos, lotions and creams that are free of fragrances, dyes and PABA.
  • Nickel. This is the metal that often causes contact dermatitis. As we sweat, our perspiration dissolves nickel, which the skin absorbs and often causes a rash. About 10 percent of the population suffers from nickel sensitivity. Nickel-containing products are easily overlooked. They include mascara, eye shadow and eyeliner, snap other fasteners; belt buckles, bra clips, metal eyeglass frames, thimbles, zippers and coins. For this reason, the jewelry box is often a gold mine for potential irritants.
  • Formaldehyde. You might be surprised to learn that many of the products you use contain formaldehyde because many products break down to formaldehyde. These include bubble baths, deodorants, hair dyes, nail hardeners, permanent wave lotions, hair thickeners, talc and powders, shampoo and conditioners, skin cleaners and hand sanitizers. These are the most common formaldehyde or preservatives releasing formaldehyde formulas: quaternium 15, imidazolidine urea, and diazolidinyl urea.

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