Cleaning for Allergens


If you have been experiencing symptoms such as wheezing, difficulty in breathing, watery and itchy eyes, a running nose, sneezing or a skin rash, you are most probably suffering from allergies. There are so many things in your house that can trigger allergies. They include the pet dander, dust mites, molds among others. Although it is very hard to keep your home totally allergen-free, regular cleaning can minimize your exposure to the allergens. Here are some of the best house cleaning tips that can help you to control allergens.



Picture cleaning the carpet

Vacuuming at least once or twice in a week is a great way of controlling allergens in your home. When vacuuming, special attention should be paid to the areas that are prone to accumulating more dust or pet dander such as on the furniture, floors and on the carpets. Since vacuuming can also allow the small particles back in the air, ensure that your vacuum cleaner is fitted with HEPA filters that will trap them in.


Dusting your interiors

Cleaning using cloth while wearing hand gloves

Dust harbors allergens such as the dust mites that trigger asthma. Dusting regularly helps in minimizing the allergens, although caution should be taken while dusting. If it is done in the wrong way, the process may end up leaving more allergens in the air. Therefore, use a damp cloth for dusting and the person who is dusting should put on a dust mask.


Wash the allergens away


Things like pillowcases, pillows, seat covers, beddings, curtains and rugs harbor allergens very well. Washing these items at least once a week and drying them in a hot dryer will help minimize the allergens in your home. For the non-washable pillows and mattresses, consider covering them with allergen-proof covers.


Keep your bathroom clean


Regularly washing your bathroom and keeping it moisture free hinders the growth of molds. Scrub all the tiles thoroughly and while at it, remember to clean the shower curtain too.


Invest in a clothes dryer


Avoid air-drying your laundry on the outside if you suffer from allergies since they can pick up allergens that are in the air. Instead, invest in a good a clothes dryer and dry them indoors.


Delegate some cleaning practices


Dusting and vacuuming are great cleaning practices that keep allergens at their minimum. However, engaging in these practices when you suffer from dust allergies will just worsen your condition. Just delegate these chores to another family member who is not affected as much by the dust.


Avoid scented and harsh cleaners


If you suffer from allergies, avoid strongly scented detergents and cleaners since they can aggravate the allergies. If you notice that the chemicals used in the cleaners are harsh on your skin, avoid them and switch to green products made from natural ingredients.


Keep your pets clean


While you cannot prevent your pets from shedding dander, you can minimize the dander in your home by cleaning the pet at least twice in a week. Pay close attention to the places the pets frequent while vacuuming and do ensure that some places such as the bedrooms are no-go zones to the pets.

New Appliance Needed

Contrary to what many of my friends think, I actually look forward to the weekends just so I can give my home a thorough cleaning. Like my mom, I have always believed that home is a very personal abode and that inviting strangers to clean it for me never quite feels right. That is why I insist to do my cleaning. Besides, I know my home best and I know where the hard-to-reach places are. I can say with confidence that when I am done cleaning, there is not a speck or spot of dirt inside.  


But I know another very important thing too, cleaning tools. A man is as good as his tools. Thus, no matter how much you love cleaning, you will not do a very good job. It is for this particular reason that I want to get myself a new canister vacuum that will help me clean like a pro during my cleaning routines.


The main reasons why I prefer a canister vacuum to other vacuum cleaners is their ease of maneuvering and use. With the market being flooded with all manner of canister vacuums, I had to research on the best amongst them and after my research I was satisfied that, any of the following two vacuums are worth spending your money on.


Bissell Zing Rewind

Bissell Zing Rewind

If you want a good quality vacuum that is durable and performs highly but you are operating on a budget, do not worry because the Bissell Zing Rewind is here for you. It is sturdily built and lightweight and therefore very easy to move it from one place to the other. The swivel steering enables you to clean the hard to reach areas effortlessly. The motor is powerful enough to give you a good cleaning performance.

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Switching brushes is very easy. This allows you to clean different surfaces such as furniture, tiles, carpets and hardwoods very fast. This unit does not use bags but rather it has a dirt compartment that is transparent enabling you to know when the time to empty is due.


Another amazing feature about this unit is that it features an automatic cord rewind and therefore you are not required to wrap the cord around your unit. This vacuum also comes with other accessories such as the crevice tool, dusting brush and a telescopic wand.




Has good suction power

Compact and lightweight

Versatile; cleans different surfaces very well

Has automatic cord rewind



A relatively short cord- 15 feet

Not good for sucking up pet hair

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Dyson Big Ball Multifloor

The Dyson Big Ball canister vacuum cleaner is the definition of pure innovation where vacuum cleaning is concerned. This machine is carefully designed like a ball such that the heaviest parts of the vacuum are placed near the floor. Just as its name suggests, you can use this cleaner on all types of floors easily.


The ergonomic handle that gives you great control over the unit and the ball design enables you to move the unit with the least effort on your part. Besides, it fits nicely into your palm you’re your muscles do not feel strained at all even if you clean for a long time. It also comes with a combination of accessories to help you clean the hard to reach areas and stairs.


This vacuums suction power is very strong giving your house a thorough professional cleaning. The carbon fiber turbine tool eliminates even the finest dust and other particles from any kind of a floor. It is fitted with HEPA filters ensuring that the allergens picked form surfaces do not get their way back into the air and thus a great choice for people who suffer from asthma and other allergies.


The filters are washable and therefore you can use them for many years. When switching different floor surfaces, you no longer have to bend courtesy of the brush bar control that is installed on the handle. The cord is long and retractable and the bin empties with just a single and press of the button.



Good suction power

Long cord, also retractable

Empties the bin with one touch

Easy to maneuver

Has HEPA filters




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Drink it Down!

The biggest part of our bodies is made of water and therefore for every single cell to function properly, we must hydrate our bodies by drinking the recommended amount of water, about 8 glasses throughout the day. Drinking enough water exempts you from suffering so many health problems such as migraines, obesity, digestion problems and many others. If you have not been paying attention to your water intake level, here are some amazing benefits of keeping your body well hydrated.


Water helps in weight control

Woman drinking a glass of water

Drinking water is one of the safest and healthier ways of shedding off some of those unnecessary pounds. Take a glass of water before taking your meals to suppress your appetite so that you can take smaller portions of food. Instead of snacking on unhealthy snacks, just take a bottle of water to keep you feeling fuller for long.


Helps reduce fatigue

Woman sweating

If you constantly feel fatigued even without engaging in any activity, your energy levels might be down and water is a great energy booster. Dehydration can also cause fatigue and therefore hydrating will solve your feeling of tiredness. The largest part of our brain is mostly water. It keeps the brain functioning properly so that you can concentrate, think and remain constant, we must drink water constantly.


Water is a good detoxifier


Our bodies need to get rid of toxins on a constant basis in order to remain healthy. The body does this naturally through sweating and urination. To help our kidneys continue with the detoxification processes, we must boost it by drinking enough water.


Retain youthful and radiant skin


Water will protect your skin from premature aging by keeping your skin looking fresh, soft and radiant. Water will also help you get an even skin tone by opening up any clogged pores thus keeping acne at bay. If you desire a clearer, healthier and glowing skin; then drink to that.


Better food digestion


Water is an essential component during digestion. Lack of adequate fluids during digestion can lead to constipation. If you want to remove your body waste while experiencing some discomforts, stay properly hydrated.


Boosts the power of your immunity

Various studies have shown that people who take more waterfall ill less often when compared to those that do not. Water will lower your chances of suffering sickness such as flu, cardiovascular attacks and stroke among others.


Protection against migraines

If you constantly suffer from headaches, probably your body is dehydrated. Drinking water throughout the day will prevent and relieve migraines naturally without taking any pain reliever. In addition, stay in a clean and healthy home that is free of allergens. That way, you will enjoy holistic health.


Muscle lubrication


Our muscles and joints require to be lubricated so that they can function as they should. If your muscles and joints are not properly lubricated, you may end up suffering muscle cramps, strains and aching joints.


Water boosts the mood


A well-hydrated body is healthier. When you are not down with a sickness, you will feel more energetic and happier. A healthy body, therefore, translates to better moods, which in return translates to more zeal and productivity.