As the cacophony of coughs, sneezes and wheezes will tell you, allergy season is well and truly upon us. For many, this means live updates of pollen counts, vigilant sanitisation and avoiding certain cleaning products. Well, here at Gtech, we wanted to do our part to make this time of near constant sniffles more bearable. That’s why we’ve done our homework and created a list of our favourite cleaning products for allergy sufferers.
Continue reading, below, to find out how to make your cleaning routine kinder to you and your skin.
1. Air purifiers for allergy sufferers
For many people with sensitive sinuses, even just opening a window in the summer is enough to get the eyes watering, thanks to all the invisible enemies in the air (we’re looking at you, pollen). But don’t worry, you aren’t doomed to a season of sweltering heat shut up indoors – not with a decent air purifier, anyway.
That’s where products like Airfree, with their bacteria battling capabilities can be a real life saver. These nifty air purifiers use heat to silently eliminate airborne allergens, such as pollen, dust mites and pet dander, sterilising your home and keeping your respiratory allergies at bay. Airfree air purifiers are also compact and portable, allowing you to easily carry them from room to room. Just plug it in and enjoy a sniffles-free summer, anywhere inside your home!
2. Sanitiser for allergy sufferers
With sanitisers becoming part and parcel of our daily routine over the last 18 months, finding a suitable product for allergy sufferers has never been more vital. Well, maybe Aquaint could be the solution.
Where typical alcohol-based gels contain toxic chemicals and irritate your skin, Aquaint is a 100% natural product that not only kills 99.9% of bacteria but is also gentler to your skin. What’s more, this natural sanitising water can be used all around the house, disinfecting surfaces, toys, cutlery and even food! All things considered, it’s little wonder why Aquaint has got the ‘allergy-friendly product’ seal of approval from Allergy UK themselves.
3. Laundry detergent for allergy sufferers
As people with sensitive skin will attest, reliable laundry cleaning products for allergy sufferers are few and far between, with many brands causing itchy outbreaks of rashes. With ecoegg’s Laundry Egg, however, these cases of contact dermatitis are no longer a concern. This innovative laundry washing system replaces your normal detergent and conditioner combo to give you a gentler wash via natural mineral pellets. In fact, ecoegg’s Laundry Egg was specifically designed for people with sensitive skin and has been dermatologically tested on its effectiveness. Still not convinced? The Laundry Egg is just as kind to the environment as it is to your skin – saving up to 40* bottles of plastic each year.
*Based on 7 washes a week and 18 wash bottles.
4. All-purpose cleaning products for allergy sufferers
Whether you’re wiping surfaces or washing the dishes, rubber gloves are an absolute must-have for ardent cleaners with sensitive skin – but what if there were cleaning products available that didn’t require you to cover up?
Well, that’s exactly what Fill are offering. From floor cleaners to toilet cleaners, this eco-friendly company promises effective products for allergy sufferers by using no harsh chemicals or added fragrances. Their unscented laundry liquid, in particular, is Allergy UK-approved so you know Fill are the real deal. Best of all, there’s not a single use plastic bottle in sight, with Fill encouraging customers to refill their glass bottles for the sake of Mother Earth.
Final word: Top cleaning tips for allergy sufferers
Owning the best cleaning products for allergies is only half the battle, the rest comes down to your cleaning technique. Lucky for you, we’ve got a few tips, below, to help you get started.
- 1. Watch the room temperature: As dust mites and mould spores thrive on heat and humidity, controlling the temperature in your home can minimise their growth. Try to maintain a room temperature between 20˚C and 22˚C, as well as a humidity level of no more than 50%, to save yourself a job later down the line.
- 2. Don’t forget the dustiest areas: Some of the dustiest areas in the house are also the most neglected. Hidden hotspots, such as ceiling fans, blinds and window sills, are a breeding ground for harmful allergens – so ensure you factor these areas into your cleaning routine.
- 3. Opt for microfibre cloths: While kitchen roll and cotton towels may be more convenient, a microfibre cloth is designed to better attract dust and bacteria. For the best results, dampen the cloth lightly before cleaning.
- 4. If you have pets, vacuum every other day: Even with short hair breeds, pets moulting fur are one of the main sources of allergens in the house. Tackle these tufts of hair before they become a problem by vacuuming every other day.
- 5. Select bagged vacuums where possible: Typically, bagged models, such as our Gtech Pro 2, are the best vacuum cleaners for allergy sufferers as all the debris is sealed when emptied into the bin. Don’t worry if you do have a bagless vacuum though – just wash out the filter with each use.