Since I have a dust allergy I find it very hard to breathe when I am clearing out dusty places or cleaning closets and the like. However I have figured out how to get things done without having to resort to medication and constant sneezing. Here are some ways you can clean and make dust allergies not hold you back:
1. Mask – The first thing you need is a dust mask. I like to buy the ones for paint as they filter much better than your average masks and yet are still affordable. It can get a bit hot, but it is much better to be able to breathe!
2. Clothes – I also found that wearing long sleeve shirts and pants helps to keep the dust off your skin. Although my allergy is not activated by skin contact, having the dust settle on your skin means that you have to deal with it later. It is better to be able to strip out of your dusty clothes before you drag the dust into your main living area.
3. Hat – Covering your hair is also important for this same reason. I use a bandana to cover my hair, although a hat works well too. However I find that billed caps get in the way and obstruct my vision, especially when working on an “up” cleaning area like an attic or high shelves.
4. Glasses – Last but not least are safety glasses. I actually get goggles like you would wear around hazardous chemicals. They have side vents to let in air so they don’t get too hot but they keep the dust out of my eyes and keep my eyes from watering. They also help to protect your eyes from all sorts of flying debris.
5. Shower – Last but not least I take a long, hot shower directly after I finish working. I make sure my dirty clothes are being washed then too so that the dust does not have a chance to spread and get on my furniture or bed. Make sure you wash well and keep the dust out.
While you are working in dusty places try to keep air movement down. Although it might get hot without a fan going the air movement stirs up the dust further and makes it get into everything. Try to keep the dusty areas sealed off from the rest of your house while you are working and let it settle for at least an hour afterwards before you try to reenter the room. Dust allergies don’t have to hold you back. That the right precautions and you can still clean up despite the dust.
Stephanie has many years of experience as a nanny. She has always loved children and has continuously been involved in childcare activities. Currently she is one of the writers for houstonnanny.com. If you want to get in touch with her, you can email her at stephanie. Houstonnanny @ gmail. com.