Sneeze Alert: How to Control Allergens In Your Kitchen
A number of unappetizing things could be cooking in your kitchen. Allergens like mold, dust, and pet dander may call this area home. Use the following tips to help kick them out:
Wipe down your counters, cabinets, sink, and stove after every meal you prepare. Mop your kitchen floor at least once weekly. Get rid of visible mold by using detergent and a 5 percent bleach solution. Wear latex-free gloves, and be careful not to get the cleaner on your skin or in your eyes.
Stay on top of spills
Neglected food and beverage spills attract pests, so clean them quickly. Wash dirty dishes, or put them in the dishwasher right away; take out trash and recyclables frequently. The fewer food particles hanging around your kitchen, the better.
Keep food under wraps
Try not to leave your dinner open and uncovered on the counter. Instead, use tightly-sealed bags or containers to store meals in your cupboard or fridge.
Air it out
Whenever you cook on your stove, run the exhaust fan and open windows to keep smoke, steam, and odors from filling the room.
Keep it dry
By controlling moisture in your kitchen, you’ll help deter mold, pests, and dust mites, as well as the allergy symptoms they can bring. Wipe up wet spots right away. Look out for leaky pipes, and fix them immediately.
Be mindful of food allergies
The most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, shellfish, fish, and tree nuts. Be sure to ask guests about food allergies, and be mindful of ingredients that might cause a reaction.
Contact your health care professional, if you suspect you or a family member may have allergies. You can find products at Bed Bath & Beyond to help control allergens in your home.
Content provided by HealthyWomen.org.