People who suffer from allergies have a hard time commuting, working and just holding it together at the office or school. That’s why they deserve to come home to an allergy-free environment that will alleviate their symptoms, allow them to relax and enjoy their free time. But, how can you keep all those nasty allergens out of your home?
You know all those figurines and travel souvenirs on your shelves, various knickknacks, books and stacks of magazines you keep around? Well, they attract allergens like crazy! So, if you want to have a healthy and allergy-proof home, start by removing that ugly clutter. Keep things in closed cabinets and drawers and store kids’ toys in plastic bins. This will leave allergens no place to hide, plus the cleaning will be so much easier!
Get a good vacuum cleaner
Sure, vacuuming can help you get rid of allergens and control their presence in your home, especially from carpeting and furniture. However, if you have a low-quality vacuum cleaner, it will also kick the dust particles and other allergens right into the air you breathe and cause serious allergy issues in sufferers. That’s why you must get a good vacuum with a HEPA filter that traps even the smallest of particles instead of releasing them into the air. Also, grab your vacuum at least once a week for the best results!
Clean out your air
One of the best things you can do for your allergy is get a quality air purifier that will keep your indoor air clean, fresh and free of allergens! A really good air purifier will rid your indoor air of many airborne particles which include dust, dander, bacteria, pollen and mold. Some of the products even have an activated carbon filter for light odors, gases and cigarette smoke! All of these modern air purifiers are perfect for all rooms, even your kids’ bedrooms, because they are silent, efficient and easy to move. All in all, getting a good air purifier is an investment, but it’s a smart investment that will last you for years and make your life easier every day!
Some allergens love humid air (mold and mildew) while some thrive in too dry environments (pet dander). So, if you want to give allergens some trouble, get a humidifier that will control your humidity levels and prevent these allergy triggers from living in your home! The ideal home humidity levels are somewhere between 30 and 50 percent, the best being 45. Your AC can also help keep humidity low, especially if it has a quality allergen filter.
Wash your linen
Since you spend around 8 hours in your bedroom, make sure to pay special attention to this room! Dander, dust and especially dust mites love your bed as much as you do, so try to keep it protected by regularly washing your linen, blankets and throws and drying them in a hot dryer. Non-washable items can be protected with allergen-proof covers.
Remove the carpets
Carpets are like huge allergen magnets that collect everything from dust and dander to pollen and mold. Plus, most models are quite complicated to clean thoroughly! So, if you can get rid of these floor coverings and leave your floors bare, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor. But, if you just can’t live without some added softness from carpets, opt for small area rugs you can just chuck into the washing machine when they get dirty.
Ditch your chemical cleaners
Ditching chemical cleaners is not only good for your allergy issues, but also for the environment, which makes it a double win! Today, there are cleaners that are natural and plant-based, but you can also make your own products at home with a bit of vinegar, baking soda and lemon!
Reduce pet dander
Having pets is the best thing in the world, but unfortunately, allergy-sufferers can be triggered by animal saliva, dander and even urine. However, a good vacuum and good hygiene habits can significantly reduce allergy symptoms. Also, try to keep your pet out of your bedroom and off the furniture!
All in all, keeping your home free of allergens isn’t as hard as it might seem. Regular cleaning, a few habit changes and quality technology can really help rid your space of nasty allergy triggers and ensure you feel relaxed and healthy in your home!
About the Author:
"Zara is a regular contributor at HighStylife, a traveler and a mother of two. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. Passionate about spreading the word about fantastic places to visit and creating a better world for the generations to come."