Top cleaning and gardening tips for allergy sufferers
Being allergic to something can be a real pain. There are millions of people out there who suffer from one allergy or another. This makes spring cleaning the house and getting the garden ready for summer, a pretty unpleasant task. Pollen in the garden can aggravate your allergies as well as affect your hay fever and dust particles indoors can cause wheezing, sneezing and itching along with other allergic reactions. So here are a few tips that might make the whole process that little bit easier.
Spring cleaning your home
If you suffer from hay fever, or have any other allergies, then getting your spring cleaning done nice and early can be of real benefit to you. This way, whilst you are getting your home nice and clean, you can leave the windows open for full ventilation, without having to worry about pesky pollen coming in and ruining your day. The ventilation helps you when dealing with dust and issues within the house, and by doing your cleaning early in the season you can benefit from the lack of pollen to ensure your home is as ventilated as possible.
If you suffer quite badly from allergies - especially dust allergies - then you should consider wearing a mask whilst doing certain jobs. It may look and feel silly, but if you have a mask on whilst you are hoovering and dusting then you are far less likely to suffer an allergic reaction.
When dusting it is always a good idea to use an electrostatically charged cleaning cloth or damp-dust, so that you trap all of those pesky dust particles instead of sending them airbourne through the house, causing you to suffer a sneezing fit.
Before you begin your spring clean, you should take some much needed time out to sort through all of your clutter. Sort things out into boxes and throw away/sell anything you don’t need. Not only is this extremely therapeutic in itself, but the less clutter you have in your house, the less places there are for dust to gather and the easier the cleaning process will be.
One last thing, which I must mention is dust mites. They thrive on moisture and live off human skin. To avoid these nasty little creatures make sure that you regularly wash all bedding and sheets on the hottest setting and you should also vacuum or steam-clean your carpets.
In the garden - avoiding pollen
Gardening can be a nightmare for those of you who have hay fever. Flowers are seen as the main culprit, however, it is not the flowers that affect you - it is the pollen that comes from the flowers that causes you so many issues. Some flowers have heavier pollen that is not spread on the wind and it is these flowers that are perfect for those of you who are allergic to pollen. Here are some great flowers for allergy sufferers - daffodils, crocus, tulips, lily and one of the least offending flowers - the rose.
When you are working in the garden, you should always wear protection. Make sure you wear gloves and a mask, goggles and even long sleeve tops are a good idea. It is also a very good idea to change out of your working clothes the instant you are finished in the garden.
When it comes to indoor plants, do not overwater them. This can cause the soil to go soggy and can also cause water to sit in the drainage tray. These two things are ideal conditions for mould growth and that is something that you allergy sufferers do not want to happen.
You should also take advantage of heavy rainstorms and do necessary gardening work in their immediate aftermath. Rain lowers the levels of pollen in the air so after a rainstorm you can work in your garden without being hindered by your allergy.