According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America www.aafa.org, 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergies. That's over 50 million Americans. There are some great things that you can do to help relieve your allergies. Dust mites are a common culprit to those who suffer. Dust mites cannot survive in any extreme condition. That would mean that whether you choose heat (steam) or cold (freeze) them, both can get ahead of those pesky pests.
The first option, being heat, would include owning a hand-held steamer. It can be a wonderful asset to your green cleaning arsenal. You can find them at most big box stores and the newer ones have a trigger that allow you to choose when to shoot steam. Once you check the manufacturer’s tags, you can steam fabrics, mattresses, couches etc. Don’t forget to use this for your glass, counter tops (not granite), and baths. Steam kills 99% of germs and will dissolve mold and mildew in the shower grout immediately.
The second option is something you already own, your freezer. It can also be your best friend. If you don't want to steam something, pop it in a bag and throw it in the freezer. I leave mine several hours but normally use this method for those wonderful stuffed toys that hang out in our children's rooms collecting dust. For my dry clean only linens and fabrics, I use this method as well. If you like to kill dust and have a wonderful scent, diffuse essential oils in your home. You can use oils as a fabric freshener. This is a great way to kill dust and get a nice scent.
Check with your oil provider to find recipes and your manufacturer before spraying oils on fabrics.
Pets can leave behind many allergens, if you have a pet; baking soda is going to be one of your favorite tools for allergens. A few simple steps will break the static charge in the carpet and release maximum pet hair.
- Sprinkle it on your carpet and allow it to settle for about 20 minutes. It releases the static that holds pet hair in the carpet.
- You can then vacuum and get a better cleaning deeper into your carpets. It will also neutralize your pet odors.
Use these tools to get a jump start on the allergens in your home!