Dealing with anaphylaxis can be scary for a host because it is such a severe health condition. Of course there is more than these five tips, but these are really important things to consider. Being clean, organized and aware are key components to being a wonderful host.
5 Things to Do in Your Home When Having a Guest with Anaphylaxis or Allergies Over
- Wash all surfaces where there is food preparation and consumption. Use soap and water to thoroughly wipe and sanitize so that all surfaces are clean and uncluttered. Being uncluttered shows that you have diligently considered their allergies because you are aware of all items on your counter.
- Wipe down all handles (like fridge and oven doors) and faucets.
- Change all tea towels and dish cloths. If you do not feel comfortable using yours, paper towels are a good go-to cleaning towel.
- Think about dedicating a cupboard or fridge shelf to contain the items that your guest is allergic to. Tell your guest that you have taken the time to decontaminate the other cupboards and you are aware where you keep and store these items. This information can also give your guest the areas to avoid in your kitchen.
- Be aware of items that could have come into contact with allergens so that there is no cross contamination. These are items like jam, margarine containers, mayo jars or ingredients from bulk food bins. Squeeze bottles, spice jars that shake, and brand new containers can make your guest feel more comfortable.
There are a few other things to consider:
Offering to tell your guest the last time you cooked something they were allergic to in your kitchen is very thoughtful. My friends and family try not to cook or bake something that I am allergic to if they know I am coming over for a few days before. They always like to tell me what they have done to make me more at ease.
Be aware a person dealing with anaphylaxis may not feel comfortable eating at your house. They also might offer to bring their own food.
Honesty is the best policy and make sure there is good communication between you and your guest!