Itchy throats, runny eyes and blocked noses can make it rather difficult to have peace in your home! While medication can help alleviate symptoms, there are many other ways to help decrease the presence of allergens in your home. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, making your home allergy-proof might seem like a tough task. However, there are plenty of ways to maximize allergy prevention in the home. Allergies are becoming more and more common. Whether it’s dust allergies, cold, pollen, dust, pet dander or mould, establishing what it is you are specifically allergic to will help greatly in terms of knowing how to lessen the symptoms. Here are ways you can allergy-proof your home today:
Keep humidity at a happy medium. If you don’t already own a humidifier, invest in one. Then set the humidity levels to 50%. As dust and pollen are more easily provoked in dry air, and mould thrives in moist air, this will ensure you avoid the worst of both environments.
Work your windows. Windows are an inbuilt barrier to pollen in the home. As pollen counts are generally at their peak between 10 am and 3 pm, and during windy conditions, it’s advisable to keep windows closed at these times.
Skip the shoes. Embracing a no-shoes policy and upgrading doormats will go a long way to keeping you hone allergy-free from dust, pollen and more from entering your house in the first place. Make this a fuss-free process for guests and household members by placing shoe friendly baskets at all doors and ensuring ample doormats are present.
Cut the clutter. Clutter may as well be referred to as the king of dust magnets. The less clutter in your house, the easier it is to clean, and the less dust you will have to battle on a daily basis.
Put the pets away. Pets in bedrooms spell allergy-style disaster. Bedrooms are generally home to heavy, thick fabrics that can trap and hold onto allergens from pets, as well as dust and a host of other things. Try and limit pets to areas with hard or easy to wipe down surfaces, like living rooms with wooden floors and leather sofas. If you aren’t able to prevent your pets from entering the bedrooms, then consider investing in a pet vacuum cleaner specifically designed to tackle the cleaning challenges that come with pet ownership.
Sacrifice soft surfaces. Yes, soft fabrics and carpets are cosy, but if you’re too busy sneezing and spluttering to enjoy them, then what’s the point? When selecting items like couches, curtains and flooring for your home, opt for easy to clean furnishings made from leather, wood, tiling, plastic or metal. (Or use a BISSELL carpet cleaner with a carpet and upholstery cleaner.)
Turn up the heat. Wash all the fabric items you can (rugs, curtains, bedding, kids stuffed animals etc.) once a week in hot water. Hot water is more effective than cold in effectively removing dust and dust mites.
Wipe it down. After using the bath or shower, wipe down the area with a dry cloth so that as little water is left in the bathroom as possible. This will help to prevent mould growing in these often functionally damp spaces.