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Can Spring Cleaning Make Allergies Worse?

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After spending long winter days cooped up at home, breathing in stuffy, heat-filled air, it’s pretty common to feel an intense desire to “freshen things up” once spring and summer hit. Whether you start right at the end of March, or decide to wait until the end of June, giving your space a healthy dose of spring cleaning can make it feel like new!

But not so fast — if you deal with spring allergies, spending all day vacuuming, dusting, and polishing could actually make your symptoms worse. Read on for a few tips on how to spring clean without agitating allergies.

And if a stuffy nose is one of your seasonal allergy symptoms, consider stocking up on Breathe Right strips after giving your house a good clean. Breathe Right strips are drug-free and clinically proven to instantly relieve nasal congestion caused by allergies or a cold, so after you clear the dust, help your nose feel clearer, too, with Breathe Right!

Spring Cleaning With Seasonal Allergies: What to Avoid

Forgetting to Wear a Mask.

Wearing a mask while cleaning your own house might seem a little weird and annoying, but the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends it, as it can really help alleviate dust inhalation. Stash your masks near your cleaning supplies (just be sure they’re kept separately so they stay fresh and clean) so you never forget to throw one on before you get down to the nitty gritty.

Ignoring Tough-to-Reach Places and Objects.

For all the times you’ve given your home a great clean, how many times have you cleaned your window blinds or curtains? What about the blades of an overhead fan? Your lampshade? These items are easy to forget, but can be dust magnets. Vacuuming your room five times in a row won’t help much if your overhead fan has six months’ worth of dust hanging out on it. Be sure when you clean and dust that you’re getting even the hard-to-reach areas.

Leaving Clutter.

Filling shelves with books, vases, photographs, and other knick knacks can make a room feel comforting, but it can also be a place for dust to gather. If you’re doing a deep Spring clean, don’t forget to take everything off your shelves, wipe those items down, and then wipe down the shelves before putting the items back. If you can minimize the clutter in your bedroom, that’s always best, as the less items there are to collect dust, the less dust you’ll have to deal with!

Letting in Fresh Air.

Opening the windows to let a soft Spring breeze blow through your house after you’re all done cleaning may seem like a great idea, but it can actually be a vehicle for allowing pollen to take over your furniture and cover your rugs. Resist the urge to open your window when the pollen count is at its height, and try to find an organic air freshener that’s as natural as possible.

If your seasonal allergies really act up when cleaning, consider the option of hiring a spring-cleaning service — they actually exist! And even though it may cost more money than if you did it yourself, you won’t have to deal with allergy symptom flare-ups while you attempt to dust behind your couch.

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