Cleaning Product Guide for People with Allergies
Unfortunately, many household cleaners are loaded with harsh chemicals and fragrances. Therefore, if you have allergies, it's important to be mindful of the cleaning products you use. By choosing the right products, you can reduce your risk of irritating your allergies and suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms they cause.
Here is a list of cleaning products that are sure to keep your home squeaky clean without taking a toll on your allergies. In addition to being allergy-safe, these products are more environmentally-friendly and safer for young children.
Vacuum with a HEPA Filter
A vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filter is invaluable if you're allergic to substances like pet dander or dust mites. The filter can trap particles and prevent them from dispersing back to the air. Try Shark or Dyson HEPA vacuums as they make it easy to pick up these allergens and empty the dirt bin without coming into contact with the particles.
Unscented All Purpose Cleaner
If you have allergies, you should avoid any product, regardless of what it is with a strong odor. Since most all purpose cleaners are full of fragrance, consider making your own with hot water, mild soap, and vinegar or buying an unscented cleaner. If you do buy an unscented cleaner, however, make sure it says "free and clear" on the label.
Unscented Laundry Detergent
Doing laundry can be a daunting task if you have allergies. Do your best to avoid laundry detergents with fragrances as these can irritate your allergies and worsen your symptoms. Method makes an unscented laundry detergent that is ideal if you have allergies and/or sensitive skin.
Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter
While an air purifier with a HEPA filter is a good option for anyone who wants to keep their air free from contaminants and improve their indoor air quality, it's particularly important for those with pet allergies. It can do a good job trapping dust and pet dander as well as smoke and strong odors.
Microfiber cloths are soft, chemical-free and perfect for absorbing water and cleaning dust. If you are allergic to dust mite and clean your home frequently, they can make your life easier. Pair them with long clothing and gloves and you'll be able to clean your house while keeping your allergies in check.
If you notice a cleaner makes you allergies worse or exacerbates your symptoms, stop using it immediately and find a replacement.