Allergies can make your life miserable. Although you might not be able to totally escape the substance you are allergic to, such as pollen or dust, you can minimize its presence in your house. Here are some ways to allergy-proof your home.
Vacuum or dust often, at least once to twice a week. Use a vacuum that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The HEPA filter collects pollen and dust mite particles that would escape an ordinary vacuum filter. The more often you vacuum, the more allergens such as dust and pet dander you will remove.
The fewer allergens there are in your home, the less likely it is you will have an allergic reaction. Wear a dust mask while you vacuum since the vacuuming stirs up dust.
When you vacuum, vacuum the walls and ceilings as well as the floor. Vacuum upholstered furniture also, as upholstery can harbor dust mites.
Damp mop instead of sweeping hard surfaced floors, such as those in the kitchen and bathrooms. Sweeping will stir up dust, and will not remove all of the dust and other allergens from the floor. Mop once a day if possible.
Wash sheets and pillows in hot water to remove allergens. Washing in cold water may not eliminate all of the dust mites in your linens. You can also cover your pillows with an allergen-proof cover. Do not use blankets, pillows, or other bedding made of wool, foam rubber, or down. Dust mites love to live in these materials. Cover your mattress and box springs with a plastic cover. Wipe down the cover once a week when you change your bedding.
Avoid having carpet and heavy drape, as they collect dust. If your allergies are really severe, you may wish to eliminate carpeting from your house altogether. A wooden or tile floor is much easier to keep free of dust and other allergens. Use window shades that you can wipe down or washable curtains on your windows.
Upholstery also gathers a lot of dust and is hard to clean. Consider using wooden or vinyl-covered furniture instead. They can easily be kept free of dust.
Clean thoroughly to eliminate mold and mildew in your home. Eliminate leaks in the basement and bathrooms to keep humidity to a minimum. Keep the humidity in your house to less than 50%, as dust mites flourish in places where the humidity is higher than 50%.
Keep your home as free as possible of dust-collecting items like knick-knacks and stuffed animals. Keep only the items that truly mean something to you. Make your life easier by not having so many items to dust every week.
If you have cockroaches or other insects in your house, get a pest service to eliminate them. Dead insects have been proven to cause an allergic reaction in people who have allergic asthma.
Keep plants out of the bedroom. They raise the humidity of the room. Keep pets out of the bedroom also. The air vents for your heating and cooling system should be kept closed when your pet is in the house, so that pet dander does not spread throughout the house.
Don’t keep your windows open during pollen season. Get HEPA filters to go over the air vents of your heating and cooling system.
Don’t allow smoking in your house. Do not use a wood stove or kerosene heater, as smoke and kerosene fumes can aggravate an allergy.
Follow these tips and you are well on your way to having a life more free of allergies.