3) Keep Your Bathroom Clean and Prevent Mould
Mould has a tendency to grow in damp conditions, which means that bathrooms are particularly susceptible to mould and mildew growth. However, if you live in South Africa’s subtropical regions like the KwaZulu-Natal province, particularly in the coastal areas like Durban, then mould in your home is much more likely, according to the South Africa Allergy Society. You can treat mould by directly applying white vinegar to the walls: leave to dry for an hour, then wipe off with hot water and dry with a towel. To prevent regrowth, ensure your home is adequately ventilated, particularly after taking a steamy shower.
4) Clean and Ventilate Your Wardrobes
Dust mites can also be fond of living in our clothes, as well as our bed sheets, meaning wardrobes can be home to many of these little critters – plus the warm, dark conditions of a wardrobe mean mould can also build up on the inside walls and on our clothes. Make sure you air your wardrobe on a regular basis. It’s easy to do – remove your clothes, open the doors, and wipe down the interiors and do not store clothes in tight capacity. While you ventilate your wardrobe, you can give your clothes some fresh air and leave them out in the sun for an hour to kill any mould spores. Ventilation will help to disperse any lingering allergens, and prevent mould and dust mites harbouring in your wardrobe or on your clothes.
5) Wipe the Dust Away, Wipe Away the Allergens!
Since dust is absolutely everywhere, the question of how to remove dust in your home is a tricky one. As hard as we try, we can never live in a completely dust-free home. What we can do, however, is remove as much dust as possible, to reduce the risk of a dust allergy occurring. Many of us wipe down easy-to-reach surfaces and think our job is done, but don’t forget that there could be inches of dust piled up on top of your kitchen cupboards, up high where you can’t see. It’s well worth investing in a long-handled duster or a small stepladder to get to these hard-to-reach places – your nose will thank you for the extra effort.
Clean to Prevent Allergies
Cleaning is often seen as a chore that no one really wants to do, but when you think that tidying up, washing your bedding, and vacuuming your carpets could have a significant effect on your health, cleaning your home is something you really can’t afford to put off. Simply paying more attention to the cleanliness of your home, and adhering to a cleaning schedule, is an excellent way to manage household allergies safely and naturally.