by Amber White • 

ChiroHealthUSA Social Media Specialist

A sniffle here. A sneeze there. Are allergies making you feel like you’ll never get any relief? You can’t escape allergens. They’re everywhere in your home in the form of dust mites, pet hair, mold spores, etc. Lucky for us, there are a few proven housekeeping tips to help effectively reduce these minuscule pests in our homes.

The best way to tackle allergy-proofing your home is to start room by room. You’ll be surprised at how little it takes to make a big difference. Here are some easy tips to help you and your family breathe a little easier.

Living Room

The type of flooring in your living space is essential to help keep allergens from multiplying. Ideally, you should have hardwood or linoleum flooring with washable area rugs. If this isn’t possible, a low-pile carpet is your next best bet. Be sure to vacuum your floor weekly with a vacuum cleaner that uses a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Use washable curtains and roller-type shades as they tend to capture less dust and are easier to clean than blinds once they get dirty. Keep windows closed during pollen season and rely on air-conditioning to cool down your space. If possible, look for natural gas fireplaces because they produce less smoke and gases which can worsen respiratory allergies.

Bedroom

You can make a noticeable change in air quality in your bedroom by encasing pillows and mattresses in dust-mite-proof coverings and buying synthetic bedding materials. Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases at least once a week in hot water to reduce dust and dirt. Choose easy-to-clean furniture made of wood, plastic, leather, or metal and limit upholstery. Remove clutter and items that can collect dust such as books, magazines, and toys. Place them in plastic bins or bags. Adjust your air filter above your bed so that it directs clean air toward your head while you sleep.

Around the House

Ventilation and lack of clutter are key to reducing allergens in the rest of your home. Install and use exhaust fans in your restrooms to reduce moisture when showering or bathing. Use bleach to clean your tub, shower, and faucets to reduce mold. It is best to use mold-resistant enamel paint on the walls in your bathrooms. Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness. The temperature inside the home should be kept between 68F (20C) and 72F (22C) to reduce the breeding of dust mites and mold. And, don’t forget to replace filters monthly. Eliminate or reduce smoking inside your home.

With these quick and easy tips, you’ll be better able to take a deep breath without the inevitable ACHOO!

Source: Mayoclinic.org