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Home Sweet Home: The Pet-Friendly, Allergen-Free, Spring Cleaning Checklist
By Amber Keiper
If you’re like me, this year’s allergy season has hit your family especially hard. Even people and pets that don’t normally react so intensely to allergens have reported coming down with itchy, watery eyes, sneezing fits, and (in some cases) red, itchy, painful hotspots.
Allergens are everywhere – especially when outdoors. But when you’re at home, in your “safe haven,” you would expect to be shielded from common allergy offenders such as pollen, grass, and dust…right?
The reality is that your home can be one of the main culprits aggravating the allergy receptors of your pets and you. Dust, plants, carpets, and bedding can all harbor nasty allergens that can leave your family in a state of frustration, pain and, despair.
If you or your pet is an allergy sufferer, read on!
Here is a complete at-home checklist on how to create a more allergy-friendly environment for the entire family.
The Allergen-Free Home Checklist
Living Room Check
- Get those carpets cleaned regularly.
Carpeted floors are an allergy sufferer’s worse enemy. Carpets can quickly accumulate a plethora of allergens such as dust mites, dirt, pollen, and animal dander. And it’s worse for your pet if they suffer from allergies. After all, they are the ones that have to walk with their nose closest to the carpet, inhaling all those nasty allergens, aggravating their red, watery eyes and itchy skin conditions.
If you’re not willing to give up your carpeted flooring for hardwood (which is much easier to clean and better for allergies), then make sure to vacuum regularly and maintain a consistent schedule to have your carpets steam cleaned every few months.
- Enjoy your plants and flowers outside.
A common enemy to allergy sufferers is pollen, so it makes sense to have plants and flowers removed from inside the home. I personally love flowers, and have vases full of them as part of my home décor. So instead of fresh, I opt for silk flowers instead. Just make sure to dust them regularly, as they do accumulate dust over time.
- Keep furniture dust-free.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to go out and get those uncomfortable plastic furniture covers your weird aunt used to use. Just take special care to dust your bookshelves and steam clean your couches and chairs on a regular basis to remove any dust or dust mites from your humble abode. This will help keep you and your pooch sneeze-free.
Establish a strict, “no allergens in the bedroom” rule.
What this means is that any potential allergen carriers must stay outside of your sleeping area. This means your shoes, your jackets – and even your pets. I know…this is VERY hard to do (even for me). But if your allergies are as aggressive as mine are, you may find that a restful night’s sleep outweighs the happy feeling of having your little guys share your bed with you.
- A little clean-freakiness never hurt anyone.
After following the steps above and designating your bedroom an “allergen- free”, you will need to take some additional steps in order to minimize the risk of allergen exposure in your home. Vacuum your bedroom regularly (at least twice a week) to pick up any dust or dust mites (yuck!) which can cause those eyes to water and that skin to itch. If you have carpets and rugs, make sure to schedule a quarterly steam cleaning to really get down in there and remove any allergens which may have accumulated over time.
Bedding, sheets, and pillows should be washed regularly to remove any dust, dirt, pollen, pet fur, etc. For items that are unable to be thrown in the wash (i.e. mattress, curtains, your dog’s bed, etc.), use a steam cleaner to get these items spic and span.
- Use a hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
After a hot shower, the protective oils on your skin are stripped away...and the same goes for your pets. That’s why it’s important to make sure that anything that comes into contact with your skin right after a shower won’t cause you to breakout in a rash. And what’s the first thing you reach for after stepping out of the tub? Your towel of course! Make sure to use a hypoallergenic laundry detergent for your towels, clothes, sheets, and even your pet’s bedding to keep you both itch and rash-free.
Here’s a recipe from Annie Sofferet (www.InventiveHomeImprovement.com) to make your own homemade hypoallergenic laundry detergent that’s eco-friendly too:
“Simply boil a liter (4 cups) of water. Shred a bar of organic soap with your food processor (or grate by yourself). Add the shredded soap into the boiling water and mix until the soap dissolves. Next, fill a bucket with 3 gallons (11 liters) of water in a bucket, add the hot soapy water, and mix in a cup of washing soda (which you can find at the laundry aisle of your supermarket). Let stand overnight until the brew becomes thick. Use one cup for every laundry load.”
Moist areas in your home, such as the shower, tub, toilet, and sink can accumulate moisture, which is a breeding ground for mold – one of the main culprits of allergy symptoms. Keep these areas clean and dry to prevent mold spores from triggering your allergy symptoms.
Pesky invaders such as ants and cockroaches can be a real nightmare in the kitchen. Yet most people don’t really associate cockroaches with allergies. Cockroach allergies can cause painful skin rashes and even acute asthma attacks which can last for hours.
To get rid of these pesky bugs in your home, here’s a neat trick from www.thekitchn.com:
“Cockroaches love cocoa powder and flour, so mix equal parts of cocoa powder or flour with diatomaceous earth (found in hardware stores and online) and sprinkle it near cockroach entryways or in places where you've seen the cockroaches. Note that cocoa powder can stain light-colored carpets. Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic to pets and humans, but it kills insects by destroying their exoskeletons. The roaches will take the "bait" back to their nest and feed it to the other roaches, who will also die.”
If you’re a veteran BARFer, you know that more often than not, the root cause of allergy problems in pets is food we feed them…and the same goes for people too. So take a look at what you have stocked in your refrigerator; is your fridge full of processed, pre-packaged food loaded with preservatives and artificial ingredients…or do you have it stocked with fresh, raw whole foods?
Another thing to consider is the use of certain supplements to give your body a fighting chance against allergies. Fish oils packed with omega-3s, probiotics, and enzyme supplements all help to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and give your immune system the boost it needs to fight back against allergens. These supplements are just as important for you as they are for your pets.
What other rituals do you have to keep your home allergy-free? Send us your stories, comments, ideas and suggestions you emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We may even post them in our next issue of “The Intelligent Pet” newsletter!
Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.