Spring and summer allergy season is upon us. For this reason, many of us should be thinking of how we can allergy proof of our homes. Then we will have a safe haven to come in out of the pollen and a place to breathe better.
Allergy Proofing Your Home Tip #1: Close the windows
Close the windows even on those warm days. Yes, you may be tempted to open up every door and window. However, if you do remember you are letting in those pollutants along with the warm air. Instead of opening up the windows, consider turning on the air conditioner.
The air conditioner can take out the extra warm air and help to stop the indoor mold and dust mites from growing. In fact, reports say that they can stop their growth by 40 percent.
Allergy Proofing Your Home Tip #2: Choose the right furnishings to banish dust
If you want to spruce up your home with new furniture consider leather, wood, metal or plastic. All of these can be cleaned easily with a fabric duster. If you have upholstered furniture consider covering these with washable removable slipcovers to keep allergens at bay.
Allergy Proofing Your Hope Tip #3: Make friends with your vacuum
The best way to remove dust and dust mites from your floors is to vacuum often. You should also use a vacuum cleaner with a high efficiency air filter, which can help reduce the amount of air particles that will circulate back into your room after you vacuum.
Allergy Proofing Your Home Tip #4: Do Away With Those Fabric Headboards
Yes, those fabric headboards may make your bedroom and your bed look more inviting. However, have you ever stopped and thought about the amount of allergens that can live in that fabric?
While you are at it, stop and think about all those extra throw pillows, curtains and throws you have in your bedroom. All of them can contain allergens. For better breathing and cleaner air, you should get rid of any of these that you do not actually need.
Allergy Proofing Your Home Tip #5: Laundry your linens regularly
Oprah stated once on her show that she had her sheets washed every day. This is definitely a great way to live. However, most of us do not have the money and resources to do this. Yet, if you suffer from allergens you should wash your sheets at least twice a week. This will help eliminate and stop the spread of dust mites.
When washing your sheets, always use hot water.
You should also wash your comforter, mattress pad and blankets once a month.
Allergy proofing your home will take an extra amount of work. However, when you find yourself breathing easier and suffering less from allergy symptoms, you will see that the work was well worth it.