It’s that time again, almost. The frost is melting all over The United States, at least in part. (Sorry Canadian friends, you probably have some time left). Soon enough flowers will be blooming, birds will be chirping, and allergies will be hitting you in the face. Alas, you can fight back, at least moderately, by tackling some deep home cleaning and a little air filtration before things take a turn for the worst.
Clean now, suffer less later.
I little sweat and a few hours of lost weekend time can help battle the Spring Sniffles. By dusting heavily, and cleaning those commonly-overlooked areas, you can rest in peace while the rest of your neighbors are begging for an invitation to your “Spring Time Bash – no allergies allowed” parties.
Many people dust, but by using the proper attachments to your vacuum, those pesky particles will be kept out-of-sight and out-of-nose for good. Here’s a list of places to tackle.
- Behind your Food Machine: the coils on your icebox build up dust, dander, and pollen. Suck these babies clean with your soft-bristle vacuum attachment.
- Kitchen Cabinets, down the dust-bunny hole: How long has it been since you’ve looked up there? Ever cleaned up their? yikes… This place is a playground for things that make you go achooo!
- Dryer Vent and Hose for World Peace!: Not only does this cut down on the dust and particles floating around in your casa, but your dryer will function faster, save more energy, and you’ll be kicking a potential fire hazard out before desert. (Which is commonly considered to be impolite, but it’s dust and it doesn’t have feelings)
- Make Your Fans Your Biggest Fans: Use your soft bristle brush again for this job. Don’t wait until your fans look like a gray, un-cuddly Wookiee. Just a few minutes every month will stop these gun-slinging allergy machines from holding your family hostage. (seriously, think of the children)
- I’m Dreaming of a Dusty Mattress: If you spend plenty of time in your bed (9 out of 10 doctors recommend sleep) you need to keep that puppy clean. Vacuum your mattress and your pillows. Over time, everything you come in contact with outside your bed will end up inside your bed. Do yourself a favor and get it out of there.
When you’re tackling these allergy-friendly zones, make sure you’re using the proper equipment a Hazmat suit and a flamethrower. Or if you don’t have those, a good vacuum can suffice. Make sure your filters are clean as a whistle and you should be set to get your home allergy free with little expense to your personal well-being.
Replacing your filters are an important part of your air conditioner. You want the air inside your home to stay fresh and allergy free. So make sure you’re not pumping filthy air into your home when you’re cleaning your carpets too. Check your filters every couple of months, wash them if they’re washable, or Buy New Vacuum Filters if your filters need to be replaced.