We all know regular cleaning can get rid of many allergy triggers and help relieve your symptoms but here's a hay fever catch-22 for you... some household cleaning products could actually be making your hay fever symptoms worse1.
Before you throw away all your cleaning products and give in to a household full of allergens, hear us out. There are ways to keep your home fresh and clean, while managing your exposure to chemical cleaning products.
First thing you should know is that heavily scented cleaners or detergents could make your hay fever worse. This is because the fragrances in cleaners can trigger symptoms.1
So while your bathroom may smell more desirable, the chemicals being pumped into the air aren't doing you any favours. We suggest looking for fragrance-free products instead.
Here's a few ways you can reduce the use of heavily scented cleaning products and air fresheners;
- Remove sources of odours such as leftover food, used gym clothes and damp towels
- Empty the garbage bin daily
- Put lemon slices in the garbage
- Diffuse essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus2
Carpet and rugs are also a key suspect in harboring allergy triggers, so it's important to keep them clean. However, don't shampoo carpets. The leftover moisture could cause mold growth or increase dust mites¹. Instead, vacuum once or twice a week and make sure your vacuum has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. A bad vacuum can mean big trouble for people with allergies. Vacuums with a HEPA filter are the best choices as they are proven to filter out 99.7% of particles and minimise your exposure to allergens3.
Remember, if your hay fever is giving you trouble, go and see your doctor. They are best equipped to help manage your hay fever symptoms.