What is the first thing that pops into mind when one mentions allergies? Of course, that would be our old friend, the asthma. Asthma is not an allergy per se, but it is affected/triggered by impurities in the air and the environment . Usually people suffering from asthma have difficulties cleaning their homes, because no matter how hard they try, it is almost impossible to get all the dust, smoke and those little tiny particles out of you lungs. But of course everything can be done with a little bit of though. Let’s take a look as some basic steps, used in reducing the number of harmful pathogens found in almost every household. It is easy, but only if you know how.
Ventilation is the key
Unlike spring allergies, this needs no agoraphobic approach. Feel free to let as much sun and air in as possible. The most common cause for people getting asthma attacks, is that they do not ventilate their homes properly. This can be quite troublesome, especially during the winter months, where opening the window might be more difficult than doing so in the summer. But if we leave the nasty weather aside, keeping a well ventilated area will promote good health, and relieve your asthma effectively.
As a person suffering from asthma attacks ever since I was a little child, I know just how bad dust is for our condition. Vacuuming all your rugs and carpets on regular basis might not be enough; for dust tends to stick quite well to almost any kind of surface. Did you know that static electricity attracts dust? That is why you must go over every power-consuming kitchen appliance thoroughly, cleaning it using a wet rag or something of the sort. Be sure to clean your computer monitor, the TV, and basically everything that gives off static electricity. Also clean mattresses, curtains, rugs, carpets, walls, ceilings, bedsheets, on top of bookshelves, lamp fixtures etc. Sometimes the layer of dust is so thin, you wont even know its there; until your throat closes up that is.
Dust mites are responsible for a great deal of harmful allergic reactions, including asthma. To prevent these bad, bad things from happening, we must destroy those felonious pathogens before it is too late. So what works well at destroying dust-mites? Vinegar apparently, although you can substitute for baking soda. If you really want to get rid of your dust mite problem though, may I suggest that you call for professional carpet/upholstery cleaning specialists. If you want to do it yourself, you will need a dry cleaner and some kind of shampoo. Everything can be purchased (rented) at your local hardware store.
No one likes the smell of cigarettes, not even heavy smokers. Like I mentioned above, if you have a smoker in the family make sure that the room he is smoking in is well ventilated and has a working fan/air conditioner! Sometimes smoke can be dangerous even if it had already soaked throughout your home. Remove the smell of tobacco smoke by using special deodorizing agents; sprays, cans the works! Sprinkle baking soda directly onto your carpet, to get rid of nasty, heavily saturated odors. Don’t worry about making a mess, you can just vacuum it out using a vacuum machine and everything will be fine.