If your house feels stuffy, allergens may be visiting. Bust out our go-to cleaning checklist to beat back pollen, pet dander, and dust mite debris to keep your family breathing happy at home.
1. clean up your routine
Pick one day a week to step up your cleaning game from the top down: Dust every surface, change the sheets, and vacuum carpets. A relentless offense is the best defense against allergens.
2. look for overlooked fabrics
Haven’t changed your drapes since you moved in? We don’t judge. But we do suggest giving those curtains some attention by throwing ’em into the wash. While you’re at it, add tablecloths, cushion covers, and bedspreads to the laundry room mix. You’ll eliminate a bunch of the allergens that pile up on fabric (and they’ll smell a whole lot better, too).
3. take a tumble
Stocking up on clothespins? Save them for Pinterest crafts. Line drying clothes in the great outdoors (or in musty basements) gives airborne allergens an easy ride to your nose. If you have your heart set on air-dried undies, hang clothes in a sunny window and #spritzaway with Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer.
4. cover your bedding bases
Make your bed a safe haven for snoozing. Invest in a set of dust-mite-blocking covers for your mattress and pillows, and be sure you wash your sheets weekly. For your duvet, eliminate 95% of fabric-dwelling allergens** with a few spritzes of Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer.
5. spritz and suck away the yuck
So, not to freak you out, but there are bugs in your carpet. Yep, dust mites love living in heavy rug fabrics, where they enjoy a steady diet of skin cells and pet dander. Yum! If you can’t switch to hardwood, spray carpeted surfaces with Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer, and then follow it up with your vacuum.
6. don’t forget Fido
Where there’s a pet, there’s pet dander. Set a regular bath time for your pooch and try to keep your cuddles off the couch. Smaller furry friends like hamsters and gerbils have dander, too. So, keep the kids honest about cleaning that cage.
* Our lawyers want you to know that this “refers to inanimate allergens from pet dander and dust mite matter that can become airborne from soft surfaces.”
** They also want to add that the double asterisk means it “refers to inanimate allergens from pollen (from birch tree, timothy grass, and ragweed), pet dander, and dust mite matter that can become airborne from fabrics.” Got that?