We tend to think that air contamination only occurs outdoors, but the air inside our homes can also be contaminated.
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology recommends some simple steps that can help reduce your risk of developing allergy and asthma symptoms when you clean:
Kitchen: Place garbage in a can with a lid and remember to empty it daily. Store your food in sealed containers and discard moldy or expired items regularly. Clean your kitchen each week (the floor, cupboards, back splashes and appliances. Clean the inside of your refrigerator every 8 to 15 days to prevent mold from growing.
Bathroom: Turn the exhaust fan on when taking a shower to reduce humidity. To keep bathrooms clean it is best to have tile walls instead of wallpaper and to use wall paint with a mold-resistant finish as well as washable bath mats. After showering, always dry the shower and remove mold frequently from the different areas of the bathroom.
Areas to disinfect: Store your linen’s in mite-proof covers and wash them once a week. Vacuum rugs and carpets and mop floors once a week. Avoid leaving the windows open, especially during the pollen and windy season. Clean window frames and moldy walls with a solution of ¾ cup of bleach to one gallon of water, and remember to fumigate for cockroaches and mice.
Always use a protective mask when cleaning mold and keep pets away from the room you are cleaning. Bathing pets twice a month also helps to reduce allergens.