Ways To Reduce Home Allergens
Your home should be a place of comfort and relaxation, but for those with allergies, home can make them feel terrible. If you have allergies, you probably wish to avoid the allergens that trigger your drippy nose, itchy throat, and runny eyes. Allergens like mold, dust mites, pet dander, and pollen can hang out in your home, making you sick. Use these tips to reduce the allergens in your home and make it a more comfortable place to be.
Remove Carpet or Clean it Frequently
Carpet can harbor dust, dust mites, and environmental allergens. The best solution to this problem is to remove carpets altogether and replace them with easy-to-clean hard surfaces. If that is not an option for you, buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter which will trap allergens inside the filter. Non-HEPA vacuums may remove the surface dirt but may spray allergens all through the air. Vacuum daily for maximum benefit.
Thoroughly Clean the Bedroom
People spend about one-third of their lives in their bedrooms. To avoid breathing in allergens all night long, clean your bedroom completely at least once a week. Wash all bedding, sheets, and curtains every week. Vacuum the mattress on the bed each week, and wipe down baseboards and furniture with a damp cloth every week. Every week, wash all pillows and children’s stuffed animals, and bag up anything that can’t be washed and place it in your freezer for 24 hours to kill dust mites.
Dust the Right Way
Toss your old feather duster and dust your home the right way. Many dusting techniques simply stir up the dust in the home. Start from the top of the room, like on the ceiling fan blades and door frames, and use a damp cloth to wipe down all surfaces. If you are very sensitive to dust, wear a dust mask or pay a cleaning company to do the dusting for you.
Change Your Furnace Filter Frequently
Buying the correct furnace filter can greatly reduce the allergens in the home. Read the labels on the filter when you shop and choose one that filters out the smallest particle size you can find. Change the filter frequently, especially when pollen season arrives or when it is dry and dusty outside. Even if you don’t need the heat or air conditioning, consider running the fan to filter and circulate the air in your home.
Pay Attention to Pollen
Keep your windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high and try to avoid going outside when pollen counts are highest, like in the early morning hours between 5 and 10 a.m. If you do go outdoors on a high pollen count day, change clothes when you come inside. If you are very sensitive to pollen, you may want to shower and put on clean clothes as soon as you come indoors.
Deal with Dander
Many people with allergies do not have indoor pets at all, but if you choose to have a furry friend, you can reduce allergens by dealing properly with pet dander. Pet dander is a combination of your pet’s dead skin cells, their dried saliva, and dried urine. Dander can become airborne and trigger allergies. Wash your pet at least once a week and vacuum frequently. Keep your pet out of your bedroom and off of upholstered furniture.
By following these tips, you or your loved one with allergies will be much more comfortable in your home, making it a more pleasant, serene place to live.