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Spring cleaning

I believe it was my cross-town neighbor cactuswatcher who said that the Phoenix area has two Springs. One comes after Winter, the other comes after Summer. Twice a year, people come out of hibernation to open their doors once more to let the fresh air in. Things get planted and existing trees and shrubs blossom.

For the past couple weeks, I have been on a cleaning kick in the hope that I could really, finally have an allergen-free house. I loved my kitties very much, and I don't think there is anyone on my flist who doubts it, but let's face it: cats are rather filthy, especially older cats with health problems. And one way I have dealt with their loss is to keep myself busy. This time around, "busy" has included vacuuming and scrubbing my house from top to bottom. I haven't had a cat-free house in eighteen years, and I want to see if it makes a difference with my allergies.

I remember a time when I didn't have allergies the way I do now. I often site my year in Davis, CA as the approximate date the allergies really started to bother me. I always sort of blamed it on the rural location of that town, but, you know, I moved away. That should have fixed it. It only occurred to me recently that Davis is also where I lived when I got my kitty Laren.

Maybe this is all futile given the pollen in the air right now, but I still have this hope that cleaning out the cat hair, dander, and dust will somehow make me not quite so Kleenex-dependent.

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spiletta42
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm allergic to cats. My mom has eight cats. I couldn't breathe and my eyes watered constantly. I went out and bought some Sharper Image Ionizers -- the big one for my room, smaller ones for the rooms I frequent, and a couple of big noisy off-brand models for the rooms I avoid -- and now I feel much better. Granted, I spent more on that project than I spent on my car, but who can put a price on being able to see, really?
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew that would help. I hesitate to spend big money when there is no way of knowing. My allergies seem impervious to everything I've tried--pills, sprays, shots.

The only thing I haven't tried so far is not having cats. So this is the Big Experiment.
spiletta42
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Well, instead of being insane like me, you could just buy one for the bedroom, and see if you wake up less icky-feeling. If nothing else, they do reduce the amount of dusting necessary, and that's a good thing. (Also, the cheap ones seem to do just as well with the air-cleaning, it's just that they're noisy things.)
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Noisy can be good if it's white noise. Better than the neighbor's television thumping through the wall.
spiletta42
Oct. 28th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I like my white noise to be steady. The off-brand air filters I bought are silent, and then there's a squealing noise, followed by sort of a click, and then a hiss. Then more silence. You might want to listen to one before considering it. The Shaper Image ones can't be heard on high with your ear against it. The neighbors have one that's more steady in its noise output -- I'll look at the brand next time I'm there.
anomster
Oct. 29th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Maybe you could borrow one from somebody (say, while they're away for a weekend so they don't need it) & see if it works for you? Or buy one & return it if it doesn't?
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 29th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
If I knew a single soul who had one, I might.
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masqthephlsphr
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I became fragrance-free a long time ago when I started be irritated by my own hair. It was either go bald or go scentless.

Can you recommend a good ionizer brand?
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masqthephlsphr
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
How noisy is it? Noise would be a big issue for me unless it's uniform white noise.
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masqthephlsphr
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
What is the difference between the function of an ionizer and the function of the air filter?
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masqthephlsphr
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
LOL. I blew out the electricity here at work with a space heater. The air conditioning in this office is glacial.
cactuswatcher
Oct. 28th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
I was a little concerned when I got my cat. I was fine unless he was right up next to me, then symptoms would start. But it's faded now. I think it was all the wonderful things he was rolling in outside, that bothered me for a week or so. Another good reason for keeping him in.

SoulfulSpike is allergic to cat dander.
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 28th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Poor Jezzie had dandruff. Just one of her charms. Those are the kind of things you stop seeing after a while, but that doesn't mean you aren't breathing it.

Eep.
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