The fall season brings a sense of renewal and change, but unfortunately, it also signals the return of seasonal allergies. Ragweed, mold spores, and other allergens run rampant during the autumn months, triggering sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion. However, you can combat seasonal allergies and create a healthier home by adding fall cleaning to your routine.
Fall cleaning is more than just a way to keep your home looking tidy; it's a proactive approach to minimize allergens and improve indoor air quality. Here are our top tips to help you get started.
Dust and Vacuum Regularly
Fall cleaning should start with a focus on reducing dust. Dust particles are a common carrier of allergens, including pollen and mold spores. Use a microfiber cloth or our all-natural Foaming Wipes to clean off surfaces and items where dust has settled, and run the vacuum on carpets, rugs, and upholstery regularly.
Accumulated clutter can trap dust and make your home harder to clean. Sort through your belongings and donate or discard items you no longer need. Pay special attention to areas like closets, where mold and dust can accumulate, and hang up clean clothes to prevent any pile ups.
Wash Bedding and Linens
Bedding and linens can harbor dust mites and allergens. Wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets in hot water to kill pests effectively. Consider investing in allergen-proof covers for pillows and mattresses to further reduce allergy exposure.
Fall is prime time for mold growth. Inspect your home for signs of mold, especially in areas like bathrooms, basements, and kitchens. Grab a heavy-duty all-surface cleaner for your cleaning kit and disinfect damp areas regularly to keep mold at bay. If you find any leaks or moisture problems in your space, fix them promptly to prevent mold from returning.
It's tempting to keep windows closed during fall to keep out cold air. However, proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining good indoor air quality. Use fans or open windows on days with lower pollen counts to bring in fresh air and keep things circulating.
Swap out heavy curtains, thick rugs, and upholstered furniture for allergy-friendly alternatives. Opt for washable curtains and rugs and choose leather or vinyl pieces that are easier to clean and less likely to trap dust and dander.
We hope that incorporating these fall cleaning tips into your routine will help combat seasonal allergies and create a healthy, sparkling space for you to enjoy all season long.