Allergies are a problem that affects many people. While the severity of symptoms can differ, it can be a miserable experience for all. Your head can feel clouded, your skin can feel itchy and irritated and you are constantly in a state of sneezing. While medications can help alleviate some of these symptoms, often the problem can be coming from inside your very own home. By removing the irritants from your home, you can help stop the watery eyes, stuffy noses and all the other problems that arise because of the allergens.
Before you begin ridding your home of allergens, it is crucial to know what exactly you are allergic too. How can you be expected to effectively clean your house if you don’t even know what you are being most affected by? Visiting with an allergist can help solve this problem for you and he or she should be able to diagnose what exactly sets your allergies off.
Oftentimes, dust mites, mold, pollen and pet dandruff are the common factors of allergens. Once you find out what exactly your problem areas are, you can then begin the effort of ridding your home of those pesky allergens. Today, we’ll look at 6 easy ways to clean your home and create a better environment for yourself and others.
The bedroom is somewhere someone may want to begin if he or she has dust as one of his or her main problems. A good trick here is to cover your mattress and pillows with zip-on dust mite covers. Allergies can affect one’s sleep and if you can trap the dust from surrounding you, you will not wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe fully anymore.
While carpets can be nice to have, they are also magnets for every allergen there is. If your home is covered in wall-to-wall carpeting, odds are your allergies are going to be a major problem. Every time someone walks across the carpet or anything disrupts it, the allergens are released into the air. If possible, remove carpeting from your floor and instead go for hardwood or some other impervious flooring that dust, pet dander and pollen cannot sink into.
Keep the Outdoors outdoors
Nothing brings in allergens like bits of the outside being tracked in. A good trick to avoiding this is laying down a doormat at both the outside and inside entryway of your door. These will provide a nice “last resort” for any kind of outdoor irritants you or anyone else may be tracking in. Another easy way to avoid this is by having family and/or guests remove their shoes when entering the home. This ensures that allergens do not get smashed into the carpet and other areas inside the home.
Change your Air Filters
Have you ever looked at an old air filter you’re replacing? Have you noticed all the dirt and grime that gets trapped in them over the course of their lifetime? Replacing your air filters on your heating and cooling systems regularly can help prevent the spread of that dirt and grime.
Switch to Blinds or Shades
If not cleaned regularly, drapes can attract an incredibly amount of dust. Not only can it be time-consuming but dust settles on the drapes almost immediately after they have been cleaned. Blinds and shades will trap fewer allergens and are much easier to clean. However, if you just really like the way the curtains bring the room together, try to opt for the machine-washable kind.
Mold is a problem. Not only are there more than 100,000 species of mold on the planet, they can each affect a person to a different degree of severity. Mold loves growing in places with a lot of moisture, so your bathroom is a prime place for it to grow. Make sure to regularly clean the bathroom, focusing on places that collect standing water. You also want to make sure to replace any broken tiles and recaulk sinks and tubs every few years to stop the growth of mold behind the walls.
While there are many more ways to rid your home of allergens, the previous six are a good way to fight the areas of your home that have the most likelihood of creating and spreading allergens. By following those steps regularly, you can make sure your home is the healthiest environment possible for you, your loved ones and any guests you may have.
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