Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Nobody likes the itchy eyes and runny nose that come with having an allergic reaction. For many allergy sufferers, allergy season is an all-year affair. However, with a few simple changes, you can reduce the allergens in and around your home.
1. Clean regularly
This may seem obvious, but sticking to a regular cleaning schedule is easier said than done. By vacuuming, sweeping and dusting regularly, you eliminate many allergens that normally accumulate in the home.
Using a damp rag for dusting is much more effective than normal dry dusting, which just blows allergens back into the air.
2. Keep dirt outside
By instituting a no-shoes policy in your home and putting welcome mats down in front of your doors, you minimize the dust, dirt, pollen and other allergens that are often tracked indoors.
3. Cut down on carpet
Carpets and other heavy fabrics are dust magnets. Unless you're ready to vacuum frequently, replace wall-to-wall carpeting and get rid of area rugs to minimize the dust in your home.
Changing heavy drapes, which can trap dust and mold spores, to curtains made from a lighter fabric can do wonders for reducing the dust in your house.
4. Wash your bed sheets regularly
Cleaning your bedding once a week kills dust mites and washes away the dead skin cells you shed while sleeping. Dead skin cells account for a large percentage of dust in your house.
5. Consider an air filter
In addition to the regular cleaning and dust management, an air filter is a great tool to use for allergen reduction. Be sure to get one that isspecifically designed to help with filtering mold spores, pet dander, and other common allergens.