If you find yourself constantly coughing, sneezing, and wiping your eyes, then you may have some allergies! Whether they are seasonal or triggered by something in your environment (such as pet dander, dust, and mold), allergens can trigger asthma symptoms, wreak havoc on your sinuses, and exacerbate any existing respiratory conditions you may have. Allergens can settle on furniture, surfaces, floors, and clothing, making it difficult to fully get rid of them. So, since allergens are everywhere (both outside and inside your home), what can you do to reduce their presence and make your sinuses feel better? Read on for our 8 ways to allergy-proof your home!
8 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home
1. Vacuum once or twice a week. Keep your floors clean with a good vacuum. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your vacuum, look for a HEPA vacuum or a model with a HEPA bag or filter that will trap even the smallest particles. These types of vacuums are specifically made to trap particles as tiny as 0.3 microns, meaning that they will be able to capture most allergens and ensure that you aren’t re-circulating dust around your house.
2. Avoid indoor fabrics. Carpets are an allergen dust magnet, so (if you’re able), avoid them and opt for throw rugs instead. Having something that is easily washed will make a big difference with the allergy levels in your home! The same goes for drapes and overstuffed fabric furniture; try to look for alternative options that will hold less dust (such as roll-down shades or washable curtains), as this will go a long way in reducing allergens.
3. Monitor your pets. If you have pets, then it’s even more important to monitor the allergy levels in your home. Pet allergens are found in both cats’ and dogs’ dander and saliva, and are one of the most common types of allergies, so keep these allergens to a minimum by bathing your pets once a week, brushing them regularly, and keeping them out of bedrooms. You should also wash your hands before and after handling your animal.
4. Pay attention to air quality. Pollen is another common allergen, so prevent it from entering your home by keeping your doors and windows shut. In warmer weather, turn on the air conditioning instead of using a fan (as this will cause dust to spread), and if you have an air filter, be sure to change the filters often to keep them fresh and functional.
5. Reduce mold. Mold is another household allergen that is most common in your bathrooms and kitchen. You can reduce mold by using a dehumidifier, limiting yourself to a few house plants, fixing leaks, and re-circulating air with an air conditioner.
6. Switch out cleaning products. Be cautious of the household cleaners you buy, as the chemicals found in these products can aggravate or trigger allergy symptoms. Try switching to green, environmentally friendly cleaning products with natural and plant-based ingredients. You can also make your own cleaning products with ingredients you already have in your home, such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
7. Remove your shoes. Take off your shoes before entering your home! Shoes are a great way to track in unwanted things from outside, so to reduce allergens, try having designated house shoes to wear indoors.
8. Take care of your bed. Just like with carpets, your bed can be a magnet for dust mites. Prevent this by using zippered allergen-resistant covers on your pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Be sure to wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets in hot water at least once a week to reduce allergens!
What are some things you use to allergy-proof your home? Let us know in the comments!
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