With the frequent moves that usually accompany military service, it is likely that most families will experience seasonal allergies at some point. AHRN.com brings you simple strategies for reducing allergens in your home!
A good start on reducing allergens in your home is preventing them from coming inside! Keep shoes near the door or in the garage and go shoe-less inside to avoid tracking pollen and other allergens into carpeted areas of your home. During high allergen times, keep your windows closed. All that fresh air blowing in is carrying the keys to your clogged sinuses and itchy eyes!
Pets who go outside act as an allergen transport system. Take steps to minimize their impact on your home. Frequently wash blankets and pillows on the furniture if pets are allowed to lay on them. Set up a bed for your pets outside of your bedroom. While you may enjoy having your pet on your bed, it drastically increases your exposure to allergens for eight plus straight hours.
Once the allergens get inside your home, and minus employing a bubble, it will happen, it becomes a matter of managing your environment. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will trap 100% of pollen and ragweed and 99.97% of other allergens and dust. Vacuum frequently, including the couch and chairs in addition to floor. Choosing a vacuum that can handle the non-carpeted areas of your home is a better choice than sweeping, which stirs up the dust and allergens into the air.
The same applies to dusting, which should be done before you vacuum. Dusting with a microfiber or damp cloth will reduce the amount of dust sent into the air. Combat the allergens that escape your vacuum by having air filtering plants around your house. Double up on the air filtering by using a high quality HEPA air filter, especially in the bedroom or in a room where your family spends the most time.
Windows are a common source of mold allergens that can easily go overlooked. The condensation on windows allow for mold growth in the corners and inner edges of the window sill. In a similar way, your laundry basket is an often overlooked source of indoor allergens. Dirty clothes carry allergens from outside and are kept inside bedrooms and bathrooms. Instead, store your dirty laundry in a covered hamper and away from clean clothes and sleeping areas.
Protect Your Sleep
In addition to not allowing pets on your bed and keeping a HEPA air filter in your bedroom, protect your sleep with an allergen reducing routine. Deep clean your bedroom on a regular basis, including vacuuming under the bed where allergens get trapped. Fight the allergens in your bathroom as well. Turn on the fan when you shower to reduce moisture and mold. Clean your bath and shower frequently, if possible using an after-shower spray for daily use.
Choosing and Decorating Your Home
Your home itself can play in an important role in controlling allergen exposure. A home without carpet will be easier to keep clear of allergens. The same applies to decorating. A cluttered home provides more surfaces and corners for allergens to stick to. Clearing horizontal surfaces makes for easier cleaning and a less allergy-friendly home!
We want to know:
What do you do to reduce allergens in your home?