How to Reduce Spring Allergies in Your Home
Clean with green products.
A spring cleaning obviously includes dusting and vacuuming. Use damp cloths to dust so that they pick up all your dust. Make sure you do so carefully so you don't just circulate it into the air. Many chemical cleaners can trigger allergy-like and asthma symptoms, so try to use green cleaning products as often as you can.
Make sure you use a vacuum with a powered roller bar for carpets and rugs and vacuum furniture. These surfaces can collect and cling to dust that dust mites feed on. Use a vacuum with a good, secure filter – many even use HEPA filtration, which will catch most allergens instead of pushing them back into the air.
Keep dusting regularly and vacuum at least once a week to keep things in good condition.
It's time to do laundry.
Piles of laundry make great places for dust to collect and dust mites to feed. Unwashed bedding will collect a lot of allergens, too. You can clean your entire home to a shine, but if you go to sleep every night in bedding that's collected allergens, you'll wake up every day thinking it hasn't made a difference.
Make sure you wash your sheets, covers, and pillowcases weekly. Wash them on hot, and dry them on hot. This will help kill dust mites.
Piles of clothes shouldn't stack up either. Use a hamper to contain them and do your laundry regularly. Let them sit too long, and even going through your laundry is bound to kick up allergens.
Wash your pets!
This varies by pet – obviously, most cats wash themselves successfully. Dogs? Not so much. Make sure you use pet-safe soaps or shampoos and test the water first. Pets don't like freezing cold or boiling hot water any more than we do, and you don't want to injure them. The more comfortable their bath is, the easier it will be to continue washing them in the future.
Doing this in a tub is one approach, or you can take them outside and use a hose. Make it fun for your dog and if they really don't like it, get an extra pair of hands to help hold them steady.
At the same time, wash your dog's bedding. Many have removable covers that can be machine washed and dried. This approach helps scrub your pet of excess hair, dander, and skin flakes while removing it from their bedding, too
Pest control is a must.
Many people are allergic to various pests. This can range from cockroaches to rodents. Ensure that gaps in your home are sealed. This includes places where piping or wiring comes in. Eliminate places where water collects. Clean up after food prep. Use close-topped garbage cans, and take the trash out regularly. Move the trash bins away from the side of the home.
Pests are easy to deter, but hard to remove if you should get them. Most of these steps involve a few simple habits that are easy to change. Practice them, and you'll be much more likely to keep your home pest-free.
Use a dehumidifier.
Certain areas might accumulate humidity. These are usually rooms that see a lot of moisture or that lack ventilation. Mold and mildew can grow in these rooms quickly, and they can make allergies a terror. Dehumidifiers help to draw the humidity down and keep the room dry. This makes it much harder for mold or mildew to gain a foothold.
Do air purifiers make a difference?
Air purifiers can make a difference, but only if you've taken these cleaning steps first. They can eliminate many allergens as air is circulated, but can't pick up allergens off of surfaces. The best way to implement them is by cleaning first.
Make sure you use air purifiers that have HEPA filtration. This is a must to successfully reduce allergens. Air purifiers without this won't make a big difference. Check to see if an air purifier has an Energy Star certification so that it won't rack up energy costs, too. Air purifiers must run constantly to make an impact.
Finally, ensure that the air purifier is rated to cover the area where you'll place it. A single-room air purifier is made to handle a single room, not an entire home.
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