Do you feel guilty every time you look at your wardrobe? Cleaning it can be a long, painful process, but it will be relieving. It can also prevent you from getting allergies like hayfever. So it’s a win/win situation!
This is because when there’s pollen in the air, it can get caught onto your clothes. Your wardrobe is the prime place for dust to collect, and if you’re like most of the population, it’s likely you only clean it twice a year, if that.
Here are 5 steps that will help you clean out that wardrobe:
1. Completely empty your wardrobe:
Get everything out of your wardrobe and dump your clothes onto your bed. Consider opening your bedroom window (if it is not a high-pollen day) to let some fresh air into your wardrobe space and to ensure any lingering musky smells disappear.
2. Sort your clothes into 3 boxes:
Label one box with ‘yes’, these are the clothes you will keep. Then label one box with ‘no’, and these will be the clothes that you will throw out. You should consider giving your unwanted clothes to a charity. There should be a local charity bin in your area. You will then need to label the other box with ‘wash’. This box is for dusty, musky smelling or dirty clothes that you will need to dump in the wash. Make sure you wash these clothes in hot water to rid them of dust and other triggers. Remember always read the garment’s label, as hot water may not be suitable for some products.
Make sure you vacuum thoroughly. We recommend using a HEPA filter vacuum (high-efficiency particulate air). This is beneficial for asthmatics and hayfever sufferers, because the HEPA filter traps particles like dust and pollen.
4. Wipe any surfaces:
Using a good cleaning cloth and spray, wipe all surfaces including drawers and walls. You should consider using cleaning products that don’t contain harmful chemicals. Some household cleaning products can increase your risk of developing asthma. Some natural alternatives include water mixed with baking soda or eucalyptus oil mixed with water. Make sure you dry the surface after to prevent any areas from getting damp. Damp surfaces are the perfect place for mould to grow. Mould is a common trigger for hayfever sufferers.
5. Install a dehumidifier:
Now that the space is empty and clean, hang your clothes neatly into the wardrobe. Now install a dehumidifier which will prevent your clothes from smelling musky and the wardrobe space from getting mouldy.
So next time you take a look at that wardrobe stop feeling guilty and get to work. Not only will your nose thank you, but your clothes will too!
If you have any other cleaning tips, feel free to share them on our Facebook page. If you suffer from hayfever, you should consider going to a doctor who can help you find relief. There are many effective treatments that are now available.