This content has been clinically reviewed by Jennifer Shih, M.D.
Spring is in the air!
Unfortunately, that means so are allergens. If you have children who suffer from allergies or asthma, a deep house cleaning in the spring can help get rid of two top allergy culprits—dust and mold—and help your kiddos breathe easier.
Before you start spring cleaning, though:
- Keep in mind that harsh chemicals and scents in common household cleaners can aggravate or trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Shop for unscented “green’’ cleaners, or make your own using ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon. Good Housekeeping magazine has some simple cleaner recipes that you can make at home.
- To keep children with allergies out of the dust you stir up, consider scheduling a play date at a friend’s house on cleaning day.
- Don’t forget to protect yourself. You might want to wear a mask to keep dust and mold out of your own nose and mouth.
Now that you’re ready to get out the elbow grease, here are some room-by-room tips to help eliminate allergy and asthma triggers.