Springtime is always a welcome reminder that summer is right around the corner. I love the warmer weather and seeing sunny days. However, it is always a reminder that it’s allergy time too.
For many of us, allergies can be a nightmare. Pollen, dust, mold, and other allergens can really make it feel like it is unavoidable. How can we fight through the constant runny noses, water eyes, and relentless sneezes?
Thankfully, there are some steps we allergy fighting people can take to keep the allergy season or other allergens at bay. Here are 5 easy way to reduce allergens in your home by keeping your home clean and allergies under control.
1. Change Bedding Regularly
Washing bedding weekly, including any pillows and blankets will help eliminate the allergens. You should wash everything in 130F or higher in order to kill things like dust mites. The same can be done for any washable stuffed animals your younger children might have.
2. Monitor the Air
You can help control the indoor mold and dust by using a dehumidifier or air condition to keep the humidity in your home at a good level. Use a humidity monitor in your home. The CDC recommends keeping it below 50% in order to reduce mold and dust mites from growing.
Purchase allergy filters for vents and air purifiers labeled with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) to reduce the dust, pollen, mold, and bacteria even more from moving throughout your home. Always be sure to sue the fan within the bathrooms when you are showering to help reduce moisture and mold in your household bathrooms.
3. Clean Regularly
Cleaning your home regularly will help eliminate allergens and keep you and your family’s allergies under control. Here are some things to consider cleaning regularly:
- Make sure you vacuum once or twice a week with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter, including floors and upholstered furniture.
- Wear a mask when cleaning so you limit your exposure to allergens that are kicked up into the air when cleaning.
- Scrub your bathroom tiles regularly, including your shower curtain—you can wash it in the washing machine too.
- Use a damp cloth and mop when cleaning to trap allergens.
- Use a microfiber cloth and light mist of vinegar to grab dust.
4. Laundry Hacks
If you or a family member has some skin allergies, consider using some of these laundry hacks.
- Don’t use scented cleaners or detergents, the fragrances can trigger allergies. Use fragrance-free products instead.
- Always load your washer with the right amount of clothes, never overloading the machine.
- Don’t air-dry laundry outside, these will pick up pollen and mold. Use the clothes dryer instead.
- Always use the recommended amount of detergent when washing anything.
- Fabric softeners might help people who have sensitive skin.
- Always wash new clothes before wearing them.
5. Avoid Pet Dander
Bathing your family pet once a week can help reduce the amount of pet danger they shed. When petting your family pet, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. Keeping your pets out of the bedroom and vacuuming often can help reduce any pet allergens as well.