January 9th, 2020
Ways to Keep Your Home Allergen-Free
Whether or not you have allergy symptoms, everyone can benefit from breathing cleaner air at home. Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold can easily get inside your living space and trigger discomfort. Find yourself living more comfortably and sleeping more peacefully by following some of these simple, healthy guidelines.
Carried through the air, allergens can most commonly be found on furniture, floors, and other surfaces around the house. While no home can be completely allergen-free, deep cleaning can help reduce the amount of allergens to which you’re exposed.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of these pollutants and germs is eliminating the dust accumulated in your home. Dust is the most common trigger of indoor asthma and allergy symptoms. When dusting, make sure to use a damp or treated cloth to clean your home’s surfaces, which will aid in spreading these dust particles into the air and keep them out of your living space. Minimizing the clutter in your home also helps to avoid the onset of dust accumulation.
Vacuuming areas that typically carry more dust, such as any wall-to-wall carpeting and furniture, can also help control these germs. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America suggests vacuuming at least once or twice a week and washing things like pillowcases and blankets just as often.
Be mindful of the cleaning products you choose, as many of the harsh chemicals found in popular store-bought cleaners can aggravate or trigger symptoms in people who are sensitive to allergens. Try switching to green, eco-friendly cleaning products which have natural and plant-based ingredients. Fortunately, there are many options today for people who are looking for green cleaners. If you love to DIY, you may opt to make your own natural cleaning products using common household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
Reducing humidity indoors will also decrease dust mites and mold growth. You can reduce indoor humidity and dampness by using air conditioners and keeping your windows and doors closed. Turn your air conditioner on its recirculate mode and periodically switch the directions of your ceiling fans to change the airflow in your home. In the winter months, remembering to replace your furnace filters will eliminate dust and pet dander that could still be lingering in the air ducts. By using these tricks to increase the natural airflow, you’ll soon feel a difference inside.
If you’re a pet owner, be mindful of pet dander while you’re deep cleaning these sources of allergens. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America suggests cleaning your animal’s favorite furniture or toys often to prevent pet dander. Covering air vents with dense material can also help with any pet-related allergens in the house. Bathing and brushing your pets often can aid in the reduction of allergy symptoms, but try to avoid grooming your pets at home if you have animal allergies.
The best way to truly improve your home’s air quality is to eliminate the common sources of allergens. By regularly cleaning your home and increasing the flow of outdoor air into your home, you can naturally refresh the air indoors and eliminate those sources. If you are worried about the allergens in your home, use these steps to control the air and breathe more comfortably.