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9 allergy relief cleaning tips

Seasonal allergies can reduce kids - and adults - to a sniffling, sneezing, uncomfortable mess.

While we can't do a whole lot about outdoor triggers when it comes to allergy relief - indoors is a different story.

Cleaning the house with an eye on removing the symptoms of allergies and their triggers will help everyone in your home breathe - and sleep - easier.

These 9 allergy relief cleaning tips can help.

1. dust frequently for allergy relief.

Dust frequently with a damp cloth or a furniture-dusting product at least weekly, but shoot for daily during high-pollen count days.

2. consider removing carpet if you have severe allergies.

If you or your kids have asthma or other severe allergies, ditch the carpeting in favor of bare floors.

3. vacuum weekly for allergy relief.

Vacuums floors and carpets at least weekly, especially during allergy seasonal.

Use a double-bagged, HEPA filtered vacuum or vacuum bags. (Read the Vacuuming Basics here.)

4. launder curtains regularly.

Launder curtains regularly. Better yet, replace dust-magnet curtains with shades. Avoid blinds - they're dust magnets. (If you do have blinds, and getting rid of them isn't an option, get the scoop on How to Clean Window Blinds here.)

5. get rid of dust and allergen collectors.

Control clutter in your home because it provides places for dust mites, pet dander, and the detritus of allergy season to accumulate.

  • Get rid of dust collectors such as magazines, knickknacks, and stuffed animals, or store them in closed boxes or cloth bags
  • Store shoes, belts, and other small items in boxes, cloth or canvas bags

6. keep dressers and nightstands clear of clutter.

Dressers and nightstands that are home to books, magazines, or stuffed animals can trap and hold dust and polls during allergy season - even when the rest of the room looks clean.

Go for the minimal look to keep allergens away.

7. launder sheets and pillow cases weekly in hot water.

Wash bedding and pajamas at least weekly in warm water and dry on the hottest setting - this second step is crucial to removing dust mites and allergens. Blankets, comforters and mattress pads should be washed monthly.

8. vacuum both sides of mattresses twice monthly.

Vacuum both sides of mattresses for two minutes at least twice monthly. This will reduce the dust and allergens nesting there, allowing everyone to breathe easier at night.

9. keep pets out of the bedroom.

Keep furry or feathered pets out of the bedroom. If one takes a catnap on the bed, wash the bedding as soon as possible.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for all the allergy-busting tools and products you need to help make your home sniffle-free.




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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.