As the vibrant hues of autumn set in and the cool fall breeze arrives, dreaded fall allergies can put a damper on the seasonal cheer. For many people, it’s an annual conundrum. Fortunately, it is possible to create a healthier home environment by adopting green cleaning practices. By opting for natural and eco-friendly cleaning methods, you not only protect yourself from allergens but also contribute to a more sustainable planet. We’ve gathered 12 green cleaning tips and tricks to help you breathe easy and enjoy the beauty of fall without the sniffles and sneezes.
1) Ditch the Harsh Chemicals
Start by replacing conventional cleaning products laden with harsh chemicals. Opt for green alternatives that are free from toxic substances, ensuring a safer indoor environment. PathoSans All Purpose Cleaner is a great multi-purpose green cleaning spray to replace many conventional cleaning products.
2) Choose HEPA Filters for Clean Air
We often encounter fall allergens simply by breathing! Keep the air in your home free of allergens with a high-quality air filter and by upgrading filters in your home. Invest in HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters for your vacuum cleaner and air purifiers to clear the air of pesky allergens. These filters trap microscopic particles, including allergens like pollen and pet dander, promoting cleaner air in your home.
3) Step Up Your Dusting and Vacuuming Routine
Reducing allergens in your home is a daily effort. Throughout the fall allergy season, dust and vacuum more frequently to eliminate dust mites, pollen, and other allergens that settle on surfaces and in carpets. Use a microfiber cloth for dusting to capture particles more effectively. It’s a simple and effective way to reduce allergens during peak allergy season.
4) Frequently Wash Bedding in Hot Water
When fall allergies begin, it’s a good time to launder your bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and comforters, in hot water to eliminate dust mites and allergens. Change your sheets and pillowcases with greater frequency to help keep allergies to a minimum.
5) Ventilate Your Home with Fresh Air
During fall allergy season, it can be easy to think we don’t want to open windows for fear of inviting allergens indoors. However, allowing fresh air to circulate through your home by opening windows and doors contributes to proper ventilation that helps remove indoor pollutants and keeps the air clean.
6) Clean and Maintain Your HVAC Systems
A smart green cleaning approach to household maintenance includes regularly cleaning and replacing filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to prevent the circulation of allergens through your home.
7) Choose Green Laundry Practices
Choose eco-friendly laundry detergents and consider using wool dryer balls instead of traditional dryer sheets. This reduces the exposure to chemicals and allergens in your clothes.
8) Swap DIY Natural Air Fresheners for Your Synthetic Air Fresheners
Say goodbye to synthetic air fresheners and make your own using baking soda and essential oils. Place these natural air fresheners in various rooms to maintain a pleasant aroma. Reducing synthetic fragrances is an important step in switching to green cleaning.
9) Try Essential Oils for Allergy Relief
Many people use essential oils to help soothe their allergies. From using an all-natural body wash infused with eucalyptus or lavender, to soaking in bath oil containing essential oils known for their anti-allergenic properties, essential oils may offer some relief. Tea tree oil, eucalyptus, and lavender are excellent choices to add a pleasant aroma while combating allergens.
10) Increase Routine Pet Care for Allergy Season
Beloved pets may bring outdoor allergens indoors unbeknownst to them. Allergens catch a ride on their coats after outdoor time. If you have pets, groom them regularly to reduce shedding. Use pet-friendly shampoos and keep their bedding clean to minimize allergens.
11) Declutter Your Space to Reduce Dust and Allergens
There are plenty of reasons to declutter your environment, and reducing allergies is one of them! Clutter can trap dust and allergens. Declutter your living spaces regularly to create a cleaner and healthier environment.
12) Try Green Window Cleaning
A clean, clear window is a lovely finishing touch to a clean room, but it also helps reduce allergens! The PathoSans All Purpose Cleaning Spray is effective on glass and leaves no residue. Leave your windows streak-free and help eliminate allergens on glass surfaces in one easy task.
These twelve tips are a great starting point for reducing your allergies this season. By adopting these green cleaning tips, you can create a fall-friendly haven free from allergens and harmful chemicals. Embracing natural cleaning methods supports your well-being and contributes to a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. This fall, breathe easy and revel in the beauty of the season, without the struggles of fall allergies.