Spring Cleaning to Clear Out Asthma Triggers

May 5, 2022
Spring Cleaning to Clear Out Asthma Triggers

Spring cleaning is a great way to freshen up your home after a long winter indoors. By clearing out dust mites and mold, you’ll also reduce common triggers for allergic asthma. This can help cut down on asthma attacks.
Dust Off Mites

To combat dust mites:

  • Use a damp rag or mop for cleaning.
  • Choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or double-layered microfilter bag.
  • Wear a dust mask while vacuuming.
  • Wash bed sheets and blankets in hot water once a week. If bedding can’t be washed, put it in the freezer overnight.

Wipe Out Mold

To fight indoor mold:
  • Scrub mold off hard surfaces with fragrance-free detergent and water. Then dry the area.
  • Avoid using chlorine bleach to kill the mold. Dead mold can still cause allergic reactions, so it must always be removed.
  • Wear goggles and gloves. Also consider wearing an N-95 respirator to protect yourself from breathing in mold spores during the cleanup.
  • Use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to reduce humidity.

Clear the Air

The chemicals in some cleaning products can irritate your airways, making asthma worse. To reduce your exposure to irritants in cleaning products:
  • Open doors and windows while working. Run an exhaust fan if you can.
  • Stay out of the room for a while after using a disinfectant or cleaner.
  • Avoid products that contain bleach and/or fragrance.
Tip: Consider making your own cleaning solution. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology recommends mixing 2 cups very hot water, 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups borax, and ½ cup salt. Apply and let sit for half an hour. Then reapply, scrub with a soft brush, and rinse with water.