No matter how clean you are in your kitchen, allergens will still find a corner to hide. Have a look at our sample kitchen below to see if there is something that might be triggering your symptoms.
Explore the room below to see the allergy hotspots.
- Build wall cupboards to the ceiling to avoid dust being collected in hard to reach spots for cleaning.
- Wipe down kitchen cabinets every 2/3 months.
- Choose easy to wipe fronts for the cupboards.
- Keep food surfaces as clean as possible to prevent mould and cockroach infestation.
- Keep worktops as uncluttered as possible.
- Use water resistant grouting for tiled areas.
- Make sure that the grouting of the tiles is flush with the work surface to eliminate any chances of mould or food supply for cockroaches.
- Wipe food surfaces down after preparing food with a cloth dampened with disinfectant.
- Keep walls as uncluttered as possible to make cleaning easier.
- Choose flat smooth surfaces for the walls and use washable paint.
- Open window to help reduce condensation and to freshen the air of the kitchen when in use.
- Use roller blinds or washable curtains that are easily cleaned.
- Make sure that there is no water leakage as this will be a source of water for cockroaches.
- Make sure that any strainers in the sink are emptied to eliminate a source of food for cockroaches.
- To clean drains make up a solution of 8floz vinegar with 3oz (75g) of baking soda. Pour directly into the drain. Leave for 10 minutes then run clean hot water down the drain to clear grease and debris.
- Wash out refrigerator regularly to make sure that mould does not gather in the corners.
- Check salad drawer regularly and throw away any out of date food.
- Keep lids on pans to reduce condensation.
- Cook by electric rather than gas if asthmatic.
- Wipe oven clean after use.
- To remove cooking smells from the kitchen, boil a cup of water with one tablespoon of vinegar.
- Use an extractor fan to remove excess moisture.
- A ducted extractor is better than a recycled one as a ducted extractor removes the excess moisture which a recycled one does not.
- Regularly change/clean filters over the cooker.
- Remember that lighting over the cooker will need cleaning more often than worktop lighting.
- Empty waste bin daily, wipe out with disinfectant, dry thoroughly.
- Choose an easy to clean flooring and ensure that it fits tightly around bases of the cabinets.
- Clean up immediately spills and food that has been dropped.
- Use an Allergy UK approved floor covering.
- Washing machines should have a facility to wash items at 60 degrees which is the required temperature to destroy House Dust Mite.
- The detergent drawer, the glass door and the rubber seal, should ideally be dried after use to prevent any mould spores developing and going into the machine.
- Use a Tumble dryer if clothes cannot be aired outside.
- Clothes left drying in the house on airers can cause humidity to increase, which increases the risk of mould spores developing.
- Washing powders are full of enzymes and perfumes, which can affect people that suffer from MCS, skin sensitivity or Asthma.
- Store cleaning products in a closed cupboard when not in use. There are milder ones available in leading supermarkets which are plant based or there are products such as laundry balls that don’t contain detergents or perfumes to clean the clothes.