For people with allergies, springtime means over sunshine and fresh flowers — it’s the start of the inevitable hay fever season. Whoever has allergies understands how embarrassing this time of year may be and just how important it’s to have a safe place to retreat to.
It’s possible to create your home clearer of seasonal allergens, dust and mold by developing a consistent routine. Cleaning clutter out, finding problem zones and sticking to certain materials may also help to make your home a haven from pollen. Read on to learn the best approaches to eliminate allergens from your home, room by room.
Living RoomChoose easy-to-clean furniture — prevent too much upholstery. Use washable curtains and substitute flat blinds with washable roller shades. Keep flowers and potted plants outside. If mold sensitivity is a issue, consider placing aquarium gravel over the dirt to contain mold growth. Keep away from fireplaces or stoves — smoke is a irritant. Natural-gas fireplaces should be fine. Clear out clutter — piles of magazines, papers and other knickknacks collect dust quickly.
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Utilize a vented exhaust fan on your stove to totally remove cooking fumes out of your kitchen. Scrub sinks, faucets, refrigerator trays and door seals to remove mold. Maintain under-sink cabinets and countertops clean and dry. Utilize a cleanser. Get a secure trash bin, and empty it frequently to keep insects away. Cockroaches are a frequent cause of indoor allergy asthma and allergies — yet another reason to keep them out of the home.
BedroomWash bedding in hot water at least once a week to kill dust mites. These critters love dead skin cells, and hot water is the best way to get rid of them. Purchase dust mite covers for cushions, mattresses and box springs. Use synthetic materials for bedding — they’re less likely to carry allergens and trigger reactions. Stay away from goose down.If carpets is a must, elect for low-pile carpeting, which is less likely to attract dust mites and other contaminants. Do your best to keep pets out of the bedroom, particularly during allergy season.
• Make sure your exhaust fan is functioning correctly, and run it after each shower or tub to remove extra moisture.
• Eliminate any wallpaper, and put in tile or a mold-resistant paint.
• Dry the bathtub and shower after each use, and wash with bleach frequently.
• Get rid of any moldy bath mats or shower curtains.
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More Allergy-Fighting Tips
• Brush or wash any pets at least once a week to get rid of dander.
• Close windows throughout pollen season — rely on air conditioning if you can.
• Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter. Direct one toward your face while you sleep to ensure a full night’s rest.
• Maintain your house’s temperature about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity at 50 percent. Anything higher will create a breeding ground for dust mites and mold.
• Have a shower right after doing any work outside to prevent spreading allergens and pollens inside.
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