What challenges do you face keeping the house clean or staying on top of chores due to migraine? Do you have any DIY cleaning recipes that you can share with us? What is your least favorite or most difficult chore to do?
Dust and smells are my personal enemies. Therefore I’ve basically, made my house a self-cleaning house. The house no longer has carpet. I have placed curio’s behind glass, use a rainbow vac, don’t used scented products. Have leather and wood furniture instead of upholstered. Clutter is kept to a minimum. Wash bedding in hot water and use unscented cleaning products. Use gloves and dishwasher. Remove shoes upon entering home.Vac dust or damp dust. Dehumidifier active. Change air filters at least once a month. All clothing etc has a home, place, purpose. Quick sweeps of area at least 2 times a day keeps clutter down. If I have a bad day or day where I must let things go, good is good enough, things don’t have to be perfect. Always take a shower and wash hair before going to bed. Family helps. I’ve a dozen quick diy meals the family can make if I’m not up to it. Ear plugs, dark eye mask, ice pack and heat pack. Just bought a new back massage machine to help relax painful muscles that preclude or linger after an attack. I don’t use storage boxes in my storage building, I use plastic storage containers, less dusty. Cleaners–white vinegar & distilled water, original Dawn, unscented All, Bleach, baking soda, peroxide.
I have dogs so i have to stay current in dusting and vacuuming. I also wash my dogs at least once or twice a month. I wash all blankets bedding and towels. I try to do a little each day so it doesnt get overwelming. Then when i have a headache attack i can take care of myself.
I also as many unscented products as well. All free and Clear, no dryer sheets ever (I have sensitive skin as well and even the unscented ones are loaded with irritating chemicals), cetaphil lotion and cream, cetaphil bar soap (expensive but ob gyn recommended it over Dove unscented since I’m post menopausal and stuff changes)….I belong to bjs which helps with the pricing. I’m able to use regular windex, vinegar/water combo, I use 1/2 alcohol 1/2 water in a spray bottle for disinfecting cutting boards, my sink, etc. I don’t have a dishwasher and am able to use Palmolive regular green, can’t use Dawn, but I’ve bought a little bottle for diy stain remover, etc….it has a strong scent imo but ok in small doses.