So you own 3 dogs and 5 cats (anyway, I am exaggerating here, am I not?) and no one in your family ever dreams of parting from them. Fair enough, pets are a marvelous extension of the family. They are so easy going, friendly, compassionate, and they never shout back at you when you make them mad (who said that? They do, only you are always too busy annoying them some more to notice). By the way, I didn’t mean to talk about pet temperament here. I am just getting carried away. The point is I would like us to look at ways of reducing allergies in our homes.
I am not sure about where you live, and whether you experience the joys of these seasons, but I am certain spring and summer are lovely times for everyone. What with clear, bright days, warm, sunshiny, longer days and all the gaiety in the air! Unfortunately, these seasons also haul in turns of allergies in their wake. Allergies are caused by allergens, the worst of which are pollen and dust. Here are simple tips to help you minimize the effects of allergies.
- Indoor allergens are not seasonal because we live with our pets all year round and we also move in and out of our homes all the times. Things like mold, mildew, dust mites and pet dander can be problematic if you don’t dust and wipe your place from top to bottom often enough. There, I have said it – simply clean and dust you place regularly and thoroughly.
- It is obvious we track most of the dust and dirt in our homes from the outside on our shoes or the paws of pets. It is highly recommended we leave our shoes outside. However, if you don’t want to go shoeless inside, have house shoes, flip-flops or socks that are worn only indoors.
- Pay particular attention to areas that gather allergens like bookshelves, furniture, windows, air conditioning vents, attics, and basements by making sure they are ever dust-free and spotless.
- Reduce the number of cleaning products and paper towels you use by using eco-friendly alternatives like a microfiber cloth. This will ensure you effectively remove all bacteria and dust but at the same time, you reduce the level of disposable products that you use.
- Just how often do you change your sheets and pillowcases? You will stop the build-up of dust and pollen by doing this as often as 3 times a week.
- And that also applies to your clothes and other fabrics which attract allergens. Pollen tends to stick to fabrics, and it is easy to leave a trail of this on furniture, pillow, and sheets. Wash them more than you think is necessary. Also protect your mattress using dust-proof, airtight plastic covers.
- Remove dust and other allergens from the floor and furniture by vacuuming 2 or 3 times a week.
- Extend the lifespan of your air conditioner and reduce the level of dust in your home by replacing or cleaning your air filters as needed. Change the air filters of your conditioner or furnace once every 3-6 months. Check your filters regularly to make sure they are not clogged. For the best value and efficiency, use electrostatic filters. These are washable and not disposable.
- Indeed, you love your pet, but keep them off the furniture and bedding. These furry friends are a good vector for allergens.
- Lastly, you should decrease the humidity levels in your home by using a dehumidifier or running the AC. This will help prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.