5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
Sneezing your head off? Watery eyes? Runny nose? Congested? We know the feeling.
Having all of these symptoms at once usually means you have allergies, whereas, if it were a cold, you would typically have each of these symptoms separately. Also, a cold commonly comes on during the winter months, and seasonal allergies are more common in the spring, summer and fall, since this is when trees, plants, and grasses are pollinating. Unfortunately though, indoor allergies can cause symptoms all year long.1
So, what do we do about these allergens making our life miserable?
First, we can start where we spend so much of our time. Today we discuss a few ways to reduce allergens in the home.
1. Remove the allergens (literally)
When you and your family come home from spending a beautiful day outdoors, remove shoes and clothing and take them to the laundry to prevent spreading allergens to furniture and bedding.
It’s also great to shower to rid your skin and hair of the pollen you may have picked up while outdoors.
2. Use cleaning supplies that are allergy and asthma friendly
Cleaners can be helpful, but also may be harmful depending on what’s in them and how you use them.2 “Look for products with little to no chemical smells, scents or odors, no VOC’s or gases and other potential irritants.”
3. Kill the dust mites!
Wash your bedding in a washing machine that reaches 130 degrees F at least once per week. This temperature kills dust mites and their eggs that thrive in our bedding and mattresses. Yuck!
You can find effective dust mite covers for mattresses, pillows, and box springs at mattress and allergy supply stores that come in a variety of materials.3
4. Promote Cleaner Air in the Home
Air filters used in your HVAC system should be changed every 2-3 months!
There are different quality filters, so make sure you do a little research before you just buy the cheapest one. You may be spending less on air filters, but it may cost you more in the long run. There are also portable room air purifiers that may be helpful in some cases to remove allergens from the air.
5. Bathe and brush your pets
Whether or not you are allergic to pet dander, there’s no preventing pets from bringing the outdoor allergens indoors. Give them a bath, groom them and try to keep shedding minimized.
If allergies are an ongoing problem for your family, make sure you discuss it with your family’s physician.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Clark
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