House Cleaning Tips for Eczema Sufferers

Reduce the itch with some of these tips.

Updated on December 17, 2017 14:12 pm

Alexis Wang

how to clean a house for eczema sufferers

Eczema is a disease cluster that results in skin inflammation, and patients are often inflicted with itchiness, red skin, and rash. These people constantly need to moisturise their skin and take extra care to reduce allergens and perspiration.

Here are some tips on how to create a conducive environment for your family member:

place doormats to trap dust and dirt from shoes


How to reduce dust

Place doormats to trap small dirt particles on your visitors’ footwear before they enter your house, and go for wood or tile flooring as carpets will trap and spit out dust whenever someone steps on it. Clean the house with a damp cloth instead of feather duster, and scrub small space wedges and tile grouts frequently.

use natural and organic household cleaning products such as baking soda or vinegar

Suitable cleaning products

Commercial cleaning solutions contain chemicals, fragrance, and anti-microbial that can irritate the skin and build up throughout your house. Eczema-friendly products such as hypoallergenic detergent may not clean your clothes as well as stronger detergents, but it does the cleaning well enough and does not cause eczema. To reduce chemical usage, consider natural solutions such as baking soda or vinegar.

using a stationary air cooler does not dry the air too much


How varying air humidity will affect the skin

Getting the right temperature and humidity can be a challenge for eczema suffers—too dry and the skin dries up, too hot and the eczema flares-up. If an air-conditioned room dries the air too much, consider getting an air cooler instead.

cotton or bamboo bed sheets are better for eczema sufferers

Appropriate bed sets to reduce discomfort

Avoid mattresses with foam as they retain heat and irritates the skin. For a cooler sleeping experience, use lightweight covers such as cotton or bamboo bed sheet that encourage breathability and moisture wicking.

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