How To Allergy-Proof Your Home
Hay fever, allergies, asthma or just general itchy discomfort could be caused by allergens in your home. Dust is the major culprit throughout your entire home. In fact, common house dust is made up of several allergens combined: pollen, pet and human dander, mold and dirt. And that is reason enough to find ways to reduce home allergens.
You can battle these tiny little intruders and allergy-proof your home by following a few steps.
Allergy-Proof Your Home
When cleaning your home to control allergens, the best rooms to focus on are the living room, the bathroom and the bedroom.
Allergy-Proof The Living Room
Reduce indoor allergens in your living room.
1. Use washable slip covers or easy to wipe fabrics
Slip covers protect your furniture and allow you to allergy-proof your home by throwing them in the wash once a week. Living room furniture takes up a lot of space and that means a lot of dust and allergens. If washable covers aren’t an option, be sure your furniture is wipe-able and wipe it once a week.
2. Curtains, shades and blinds
Make sure your curtains are washable and either cotton or synthetic fabric. Wash and dry curtains once a month or ditch the curtains for easy to clean, or wipe, blinds or shades. Blinds are easier to wipe but horizontal blinds collect a lot of dust so shades might be a better option.
3. Replace carpet with throw rugs that are washable
Replacing carpet may sound like a big chore but carpet and carpet padding are the biggest offenders for collecting dust and allergens. And every time you walk across the carpet? You kick up that dust. Hard surface floors and washable rugs are a great solution to allergy-proof your home.
4. Consider an entry mat
A lot of us have entry mats at the front door on the outside but it’s also a great idea to have an entry mat on the inside. A lot of homes enter into the living room, so why not place a washable mat at the entryway.
5. Vacuum regularly
Allergy-proof your house by vacuuming everything; carpet, flooring, furnishings, blinds. Try to vacuum once or twice a week and consider getting a HEPA filter that helps trap small particles.
Allergy-Proof The Bathroom
How to reduce allergens best? Focus on your bathroom.
1. Plug up and wipe up
Moisture is the enemy when it comes to mold. Pipes and faucets should be sealed and surfaces should be cleaned once a week. Any visible mold needs to be cleaned right away.
2. Look under the bathroom sink
Don’t forget to check under the bathroom sink. It’s easy to forget, but under the sink is a spot that can get moist and develop hidden mold and allergens.
3. Circulate the air in your bathroom
Remove allergens from air by reducing the moisture in your bathroom. When you shower, you need a fan for circulation that will also help to ward off moisture build up.
4. Use washable bath mats
You probably have a bath mat but is it washable and how often do you wash it? Wash those bath mats weekly.
5. Wash all towels weekly
Don’t forget the “nice” guest towels that might not get used very often. All towels that are used in and around your bathroom should be washed once a week.
Allergy-Proof The Bedroom
How to cut down on allergens in the house? Take a look at the bedrooms.
1. Don’t neglect your bed and bedding
How to allergy-proof your home? Wash it all. Pillowcases, sheets, comforters, in hot water and dry with heat.
2. Choose furniture wisely
Make sure that dressers, tables, chairs, and any other flat surfaces are easy to dust and easy to clean. This could be a good excuse to buy some new leather or wood furniture. Easy to wipe!
3. Control your pets
This might be a tough one. You love your pets but pets leave behind allergens and also help distribute them. So try to keep your bedroom a pet free zone. Just love them a little bit more in the other rooms if that helps.
4. Deal with clutter
Get rid of clothes, magazines or any other items laying around that make it harder to dust and clean. These things collect dust and mold! Just removing clutter will allergy-proof your home.
5. Covers for your mattress and pillows
You spend a lot of time in your bedroom and dust definitely likes to collect here. It’s not a bad idea to get dust busting and mite prevention covers for both your mattress and pillows.
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