There are now more people with allergies than ever before
The incidences of allergies are at an all-time high. This may be due to better diagnosis or increased awareness. Regardless of the cause of the increase in allergies, how to look after the sufferers has become a common issue.
Some common allergies include dust mites, pet dander, mould and cockroach droppings. Causing reactions similar allergic symptoms for many, irritants in cleaning products can also cause problems, particularly for asthmatics.
How best to clean the house or business of the allergic or asthmatic?
Allergy sufferers benefit from having their places of work and homes cleaned frequently. Having a regularly cleaned household reduces the amount of allergens on surfaces, bedding and flooring.
For those suffering from the allergy, cleaning can become a trigger in itself as allergens become airborne or are touched causing reactions. Engaging a professional cleaning service can be of benefit in these circumstances.
To help with dust mite allergies washing bedding in hot water may assist and drying in a dryer reduces numbers. Similarly, stuffed toys can be heated in a dryer for around 10 minutes.
If you suspect cockroaches may be an issue, cleaning kitchen areas thoroughly at all times will reduce their numbers inside your home. Cockroaches are notoriously hard to get rid of, you may consider an exterminator. Beware cockroach bombs may act as an irritant to the asthmatic. Also commercially available but less airborne are cockroach baits and stations.
If allergic to mould, regular cleaning and airing helps reduce and retard the growth of these organisms.
Common ingredients in many cleaners can also act as an irritant and cause reactions alike to allergies, and also affect asthmatics. Some of these ingredients can be Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, D-Limonene and Sodium Hydrochloride.
If reactions are experienced to these common ingredients in cleaning products, low irritant or ‘green’ cleaning options can be purchased. Some of these however do still include irritants. A cheap, and allergy friendly solution to cleaning in locations where this is an issue is to use baking soda and vinegar, which despite being allergy friendly, is a very powerful and effective cleaner.
Domestic Goddess is an allergy aware company and can discuss healthy cleaning alternatives for workplaces, businesses and homes.
Call today to discuss how we can help your home or office stay clean, and be allergy sensitive on 03 9755 8360