Hay Fever Symptoms: Simple Cleaning Tricks to Prevent Sore Eyes and Runny Nose

Spring is here and for allergy sufferers that means warm sunshine, blooming flowers and the unfortunate onset of hay fever. Here are some simple tricks to prevent hay fever symptoms like sore eyes and runny nose

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Simple dust-off hacks can help avoid hay fever triggers

Spring is really here, which means summer isn’t far behind either. But with the long, warm days and bright sunshine comes the summer season hay fever also season.

Hay fever is very common in the UK, affecting up to 37% of adults. with symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itchy and sore eyes among others.

Some people suffering with extreme allergies even find that the symptoms interfere with their daily life, with 57% reporting that they are even affected sleep problems due to their condition.

While hay fever is most commonly triggered by airborne pollen, other triggers such as dust mites, dead skin, and pet dander can also cause hay fever-like symptoms.

Here are some simple cleaning tricks to prevent dust and hay fever, according to Ivan Ivanov, spokesman for the cleaning company End of lease London.

Cleaning tips to prevent hay fever

Hay fever triggers include pollen, house dust mites, animal hair and dead skin particles


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Cleaning expert Ivan Ivanov explained that while medications like antihistamines can help relieve allergy symptoms, the best course of action for hay fever is to eliminate all triggers.

He said: “First and foremost, this means tackling dust in your own home and it doesn’t have to be an arduous task. With these 10 tips, it should make your life a lot easier and help make your spring and summer as allergy-free as possible!”

Wash your sheets

Microscopic dust mites like to lodge in the fibers of your bed sheets and cause skin irritation. The close proximity of your sheet to your mouth also puts you at risk of inhaling dust mites, which is another potential allergy trigger.

So make sure you wash your sheets as often as possible and also dry them off the floor so they don’t pick up any more dust.

Vacuum often

Dust can fall on your carpets very easily and the only way to avoid dust build-up is to vacuum your carpets frequently, especially thicker carpets.

It might also be worth shedding carpets and switching to hardwood floors for easier spotting of dust.

Use a mop

Mopping floors with warm water and vinegar will keep them dust-free


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If you already have hardwood floors, floor mops are a quick and effective way to remove any potential allergy triggers on your floor.

A simple and inexpensive way to clean the floor is to dip your mop in warm water with a few dashes of vinegar, which makes it easy and quick to remove dust from the floor.

Invest in air purifiers

Air purifiers are a convenient choice to remove dust in our homes. These air purifiers have extremely fine filters that draw in air and clean it to remove allergens.

eliminate cracks

Dust can collect in cracks in the walls or ceiling of your home. You can easily camouflage those cracks with DIY practices that not only prevent allergy triggers, but also prevent drafts and keep your home warm, reducing your energy bills.

dust effectively

Regular vacuuming and using vacuum cleaners in hard-to-reach places can help pick up dust effectively


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Knowing the best way to dust is important to ensure you’re cleaning without too much hassle.

For example, a damp cloth is always better than a dry one, as the latter only disperses dust particles into the air and aggravates allergies. Meanwhile, a damp cloth will collect all the dust in the cloth.

Likewise, you don’t have to get on all fours to reach tight corners, just use the vacuum’s long attachment for those hard-to-reach spots.

Clean up and organize

Tidying up your home is an effective way to prevent dust from settling and accumulating in cracks and crevices.

You can donate all your stuff to charity instead of throwing it away, and if you really can’t bear to part with things, just put them in the basement or garage.

Invest in lint rollers

Lint rollers are a great, gentle choice for removing dust from lights or blinds that are made of a delicate material.

These rollers have a sticky outer surface that easily picks up dust from such surfaces. However, be careful if you apply too much pressure as you could risk breaking or tearing these delicate surfaces.

Inspect all locations for dust

Dust can settle in surprising places – even on your computer keyboard. Typing removes microscopic amounts of dead skin that eventually form dust.

This dust then rises into the air when you tap again, becoming a potential irritant. To prevent this, take a cotton swab and gently run it along the rows and columns of keys to collect any debris.

Have fun cleaning

Cleaning can be a monotonous task, so it can be easy to procrastinate. Make it as fun as possible!

Put some music in the background and work to the beat. Or try listening to a podcast or audio book to keep your mind busy while you complete your cleaning chores.

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