The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports, “Many people with allergies often have more than one type of allergy. The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are: tree pollen, grass pollen, and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, cat and dog dander, and rodent urine.”
It’s an unfortunate truth that many of these allergens can be found in your kitchen. In this post, we review how to reduce allergens in your kitchen, so you don’t experience allergy symptoms in your home.
Keep Windows Closed
If you’re reactive to pollen, it’s important you keep your windows closed during pollen season, especially mid-morning when counts are highest. To get air circulating and filter out allergens, turn on your air conditioning instead.
It’s important to clean your kitchen regularly to prevent pests and their droppings from infiltrating your kitchen. This means wiping up spills and crumbs, staying on top of dishes and sweeping regularly. In addition, to prevent excessive dust mites, dust the tops of your cabinets and vent hood. We recommend using unscented cleaners or make your own cleaner using vinegar and water. Mold, however, should be cleaned with bleach.
Another allergy trigger is mold, which is why it’s essential to regularly check the food in your fridge and cabinets. Throw out anything contaminated in your outside garbage receptacle.
Store any leftovers or unfinished packages of food in airtight containers to prevent pests from getting into them. Also, use trash cans with lids and empty them often.
Mold can also grow in your kitchen if you have leaks under your sink or behind your fridge. Be on the lookout for leaks and call a repair person right away if you notice one.
Separate Safe Foods
If someone in your home has food allergies, it’s important to separate safe foods from unsafe foods. Put them on a different shelf in the fridge or in a different cabinet. In addition, wash your hands before handling them and label them clearly.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with an allergy expert, call Breathe ENT today.