Allergies suck. Your nose runs, your throat scratches, your eyes itch, and you feel just plain awful. If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, there are a few things that you can do to help make them more comfortable indoors. While some of these suggestions require in-home renovations, others are quite easy to work into your regular routine. Check out these 7 ways to allergy-proof your home.
Clean on the Regular
It’s all too easy to get busy and forget to dust for a week or two - but those extra dust mites can wreak havoc on your allergies. It’s a continuous process to keep dust and pet dander at bay, so you’ll need to make a point of scheduling time to wipe down surfaces with a clean, damp rag. That’s right, no dry dusting - that often just brushes all the bad stuff back up into the air.
Invest in Two Doormats
Having one doormat on the outside of your home and another inside helps to trap dust, pollen and other stuff from working its way into your home. That inside mat should also help to encourage visitors to remove their shoes at the door. If you’re concerned about your guests’ feet being cold, stash a basket full of slippers by your entryway.
Ditch the Carpet
Where possible, remove any carpeting in your home and use hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring instead. Carpet is notoriously troublesome to keep clean, and the stuff that gets trapped in there can exasperate your allergies. If you’re set on keeping your carpet, invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap allergens, and deep clean with a steam cleaner.
Forget About Heavy Drapes
Thick drapes with lots of folds provide the perfect place for dust and other allergens to gather. Instead of curtains with plenty of pleats, opt for blinds that can be wiped down or drapes that can be easily thrown into a washing machine.
Cleaning products with harsh chemicals can irritate your allergies, and they aren’t that kind to mother nature, either. However, it’s easy to find safe and effective natural alternatives that’ll do the job - without the stuff that’ll make you cough and sneeze. Plus, you may even be able to make your own!
Wash Linens in Hot Water
To ensure they’re really clean, bedding and towels should be washed in hot water. That doesn’t work for all fabrics, so to help rid your home of allergens, choose materials that will be able to stand up to the heat.
Replace Filters Regularly
It’s easy to forget to change the filter in your air conditioning or heating system, but failing to replace your filter regularly can have a big impact on the quality of air in your home. A clean filter means clean air, so once you change the filter be sure to mark the next change date on your calendar immediately to ensure that the task isn’t overlooked.