There are many things you can do to help keep your house free of allergens.
As we go in and out of our homes, tiny, even invisible particles cling to our skin, clothes, hair and even to our pets. Allergens like dust, mold, and pollen follow us around constantly, without our knowledge.
There are lots of things you can do to deal with these pesky particles. We’ve included some cleaning tips and other ideas for your home to help you beat the allergy season.
- Choose Home Furnishings Wisely: Certain types of carpets and rugs, and even curtains, are magnets for pet hair, dust, dust mites, pollen, and mold spores. Get rid of those that tend to gather irritants. Wash rugs and curtains regularly, especially when it's allergy season.
- Cover Certain Key Items: You can wrap your mattress and pillow in special cases that help protect them from dust and dust mites. Try to avoid wool blankets and feather pillows or coverlets.
- Clean Your Home Thoroughly and Frequently: You will want to vacuum carpets several times a week. Vacuum upholstered surfaces weekly. Wash your bedding frequently using hot water. Use bleach to clean both the bathroom and the kitchen areas. Bleach helps to reduce mold growth.
- Choose Cleaning Products Carefully: You don’t need cleansers that have perfumes and deodorizers, especially because these ingredients can cause your allergies to act up.
- Keep Your House Dry And Ventilated: If you live in a particularly humid area, you may want to consider purchasing a dehumidifier.
- Bathe Your Pets Frequently: If you can, keep pets outside. If they are indoor pets, keep them out of your bedroom. Bathe them every two weeks.
Lastly, make sure your house is a smoke-free zone as smoke can exacerbate your allergies. If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about finding a way to quit. Keep windows shut and use an air conditioning unit, rather than fans, to cool the air.
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