When you suffer from asthma, even the cleanest dwelling can pose serious problems. Knowing which triggers lie in wait—and where they tend to hide in your home—can get you one step closer to worry-free breathing.
Here’s a list of top culprits by room and ways to keep them in check:
Mold loves dark, damp places. Insects live for crumbs and spills. Your asthma detests all of the above, so of course you practice daily kitchen hygiene. But to keep from adding to your misery with toxic chemicals and soapy film from cleaners, make sure to:
It’s easy to over clean a bathroom in an effort to keep bacteria and mold at bay. Go ahead and get sanitary, but be sure to:
Many asthmatic wars get waged between the sheets (and blankets and mattresses), where dust mites dwell. To give your airways a fighting chance:
If you live with animals, you’re on the hook for a little extra cleanup. Even “hypoallergenic” pets add to the balance of skin and hair cells deposited on furniture and other surfaces. Don’t forget to: