Cleaning to Control Allergies & Asthma: Basics


If you or your child have allergies or asthma, you already know that many things can bring on, or “trigger,” an asthma flare or episode. Some things that trigger asthma attacks are called allergens. Some people get symptoms from only one allergen — like dust mites. For other people, more than one kind of allergen can trigger an episode. For example:

  • animal dander
  • cockroaches
  • dust mites
  • mold / mildew
  • pollen

Cleaning can help control these allergens

It’s one of the easiest steps you can take to help reduce allergy or asthma flares (episodes).

Cleaning your home is one of the easiest steps you can take to help reduce allergy or asthma flares is to control triggers such as animal dander, cockroaches, dust mites, mold / mildew, pollen. If you don’t clean, the mildew, dust and other allergens will build up, making asthma symptoms worse. Here are more tips for cleaning to control allergies in your home:

  • A supportive family can make all the difference in the life of an asthmatic. Work together to get rid of triggers at home – if everyone helps out, it can be easy and fun!
  • For the asthmatic person(s) in the family, assign tasks like dishwashing and cleaning up daily clutter before it becomes dusty.
  • When tackling other tasks — such as dusting, sweeping, or using cleaning products that could trigger allergies/asthma — make sure that the asthmatic person is out of the room.
  • Read and follow label directions on cleaning products. The label directions give the proper amount of product to use, how to use the product and any special safety advice.
  • If you use spray products, spray the cleaner on a cloth or sponge first instead of on the surface.
  • Clean in a “well-ventilated” area – open a door and a window or turn on an exhaust fan. Leave the room when you are done cleaning and allow the room to air out.
  • Try using cleaning products that have no scent or are perfume free.
  • Try different products to find the ones that work best for you.


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