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How to Prepare a Home for Visitors With Allergies
Talking About Allergies and Food Substitutions
Reducing Allergen Levels before Their Arrival
Use air filters around your home to remove allergens from the air.Buy air filters with small particle filters or high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. These will remove allergens from the air in your home by trapping and containing them. Plug in air filters in guest bedrooms as well as other rooms where your guest will spend time.
- Air filters will trap pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
Vacuum your carpets and furniture at least 1-2 days before to remove allergens.Carpets can trap common allergens like dander and dust mites deep in their fibers. Vacuum the same day, or 1-2 days before your guests arrive so that there is a minimal build-up of allergens. Be thorough and cover every fabric surface in common areas of your home.
- For the best results use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which will prevent allergens from being released into the air while you are cleaning.
Wash fabrics in hot water or vacuum them to remove allergens.Allergens can get trapped in fabrics in your home, aggravating allergies. If your overnight guests have allergies, wash your sheets and towels in hot water to rid them of pet hair, dander, and dust mites.Use a HEPA filter vacuum to clean fabrics you can't wash, such as drapes, carpets, and furniture.
- You can also use zippered dust-proof covers to protect mattresses and pillows from dust mites.
Remove mold and mildew from windows with bleach and water.Clean mold and mildew from window frames and window sills with a mixture of 0.75 cups (180 ml) chlorine bleach and 1 gallon (3.8 L) of water. Dip a clean cloth in this solution and wipe down the window surfaces thoroughly. Let them air dry.
- Wear gloves and a mask while you clean to protect your skin and lungs from the bleach.
Bathe your pet 1 day prior to the visit to reduce pet allergens.Help prevent or minimize your guests' pet allergies by removing dander from your pet's fur, as well as traces of saliva or urine. Bathe your dog or your cat the day before the guests arrive so that they are as allergen-free as possible during the visit. Use a mild, vet-approved shampoo specifically designed for pets.
- Keep allergens down all the time by bathing your pet weekly.
- Be sure to inform your guests that you have pets so that they can prepare for the visit with allergy medication, or decline your invitation if their allergies are severe.
Maintaining a Low-Allergen Home
Reduce clutter that collects allergens.A simple way to lower the amount of allergens in your home is to cut back on small items that just sit around your house. These items, which are not likely to be cleaned on a regular basis, can pick up dust and dander. Keep knick knacks, small tabletop decorations, books, and magazines to a minimum.
- If you do have these items, opt to keep them in a closed glass case or in plastic bins to protect them from dust.
- If you have children, store their games and toys in plastic bins when they are not using them.
Hang easy-to-clean window treatments and wash them seasonally.Avoid buying blinds or heavy window treatments for your windows, which are difficult to clean and likely to collect airborne allergens. Instead, hang washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric in your home. Machine wash them seasonally, or every 3 months, to kill allergens that may be lingering on them.
Decrease humidity and increase air circulation to reduce mold.Mold grows and thrives in damp conditions. Use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity in your home, particularly in the bathroom, kitchen, or basement. Use a ceiling fan or open windows to allow air circulation in your bathroom, especially after showers.
- Use an air conditioner with a HEPA air filter to trap mold spores.
- Never carpet damp rooms like the bathroom or kitchen.
Clean your bathroom regularly to remove and prevent mold.Use a bleach-based bathroom cleaner to scrub away mold from your bathtub, shower, fixtures, and faucets. Keep mold from growing on the walls by painting them with mold-resistant enamel paint. Always dry the tub and shower area after washing to prevent the build-up of mold.
- Have any leaky faucets or pipes fixed to prevent mold and water damage.
Vacuum carpets weekly to keep allergens from collecting in the fibers.Use a vacuum with a small-particle or HEPA filter to clean your carpets once a week. This will prevent allergens like pet hair, dander, and dust mites from imbedding themselves in the carpet fibers. Be sure to vacuum the entire surface of your carpets, including spots in corners and underneath furniture.
- If you have severe allergies, consider getting rid of your carpeting altogether.
Managing Food Allergies
Make substitutions for certain ingredients in your favorite recipes.Accommodating your guests with allergies doesn't have to mean forgoing your menu plan. Look online or in cookbooks for substitutions to the recipes you want to use. If this is too complicated, search for new recipes that do not include the ingredients you are avoiding.
- For instance, use almond flour or rice flour instead of wheat flour to serve to guests with a gluten intolerance.
- Use an egg substitute for cooking or baking if a guest is allergic to eggs.
Clean your kitchen surfaces before preparing food.Germs and food allergens may linger on your counters, table, stove top, and other cooking surfaces. Be sure to clean all of these down thoroughly before preparing food. To remove allergens effectively, use an anti-bacterial cleaner and a clean damp cloth to wipe down each surface.
- To make things simpler, use anti-bacterial wipes to clean your kitchen surfaces.
Clean all of your cooking and serving ware thoroughly.Cutting boards, pots, pans, utensils, glassware, and dishes should all be cleaned thoroughly after each use. To be safe, re-wash these items before cooking and serving a meal for guests with allergies. Use warm water, dish washing liquid and a clean sponge to scrub each item.
- Be sure to dry everything with a clean, freshly-washed dish towel.
Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing any food.Your hands can pick up many germs during the day and you may transfer food allergens without knowing it. Before you start preparing food for your guests, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.Rub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds to wash them effectively.
- To clean you hands effectively, be sure to scrub between your fingers, under your fingernails, and the back of your hands.
Make sure you know every ingredient you add to your meal.Be very mindful about each ingredient you use when cooking to avoid accidentally "contaminating" your meal. Don't add any sauces, condiments, or garnishes without first reading their ingredients carefully. Keep the list of ingredients you should be avoiding nearby so you are less likely to forget while cooking.
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