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.“Look for products with little to no chemical smells, scents or odors, no VOC’s or gases and other potential irritants.”

Check out these great reads about how to make your own natural cleaning products: 40+ Cleaning Uses for Vinegar, Cleaning with Baking Soda, and Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils!

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!

Also, to prevent dust mites, use mattress and pillow covers. When pillows and mattresses are new, cover them with dust mite covers.

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.

Kids are going to get sick from time to time, regardless of how much we limit their exposure to germs. For a more natural approach to treating sickness, check out Treating Childhood Fevers Naturally

This post is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice from your physician, doctor or health care professional. Please read our terms of use for more information.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Clark

Sources: 1.The Cleveland Clinic 2. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America 3. WebMD

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Stephanie Clark

Stephanie spends her days working full-time as a Clinical Social Worker, by night she is the author, photographer, and dreamer behind the blog Behind the Camera and Dreaming  . Stephanie calls Mississippi home, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and extended family. She enjoys photography, sewing, and creating lasting memories.

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