A distinct mildew odor assaulted me as I entered the small rental house. Looking up, I noticed water spots on some of the rooms’ ceilings. Mold dotted the kitchen counters and bathroom sinks. I imagined the wall-to-wall carpeting hadn’t been vacuumed since renters moved out months ago.
My chest tightened and my throat itched. I started to cough and sneeze. This house was a breeding ground for allergens. I quickly left.
I’ve been allergic to mold and dust mites since childhood and my oldest son inherited my allergies and asthma, so I’ve always followed doctors’ orders for keeping an allergen-friendly home. Experiencing a reaction to this rental house reminded me of what would happen if I didn’t–and that maybe I should do a little spring cleaning.
The following infographic from AllergyCosmos offers many simple tips for eliminating allergy and asthma triggers from your home. I’m forwarding it to my son who is now living on his own. I hope you find it useful. Be sure to let me know what you do to keep your family safe from allergens.
Spring Cleaning; How to Make Your Home Allergy Safe originally appeared at Adventures of an Allergic Foodie.