Allergy season is well under way, and the assault on those who are allergic is enough to make anyone mad. Even worse, when your allergies are seasonal, there’s no escaping the sneezing and congestion. You have to go outside at some time, right? The good news is, the inside of your home does not have to match the outside. There are several safeguards you can put in place to make sure your house is a safe haven from the things that make you go “Achoo!”
1. Cover your mattress and pillows with dust mite covers. Dust mites are tiny little creatures who live in your pillows and mattresses, eat flakes of human skin and their feces is a very potent allergen. You don’t want to sleep with guys so close to your face and body. Cover those mattresses and pillows, stat!
2. Lay down door mats on both sides of your doors. Irritants from outside cling to the bottom of shoes and are tracked all over your house. Having mats both inside and outside can go a long way to stop those allergens at the pass, or you could just take your shoes off at the door.
3. Blinds are in; drapes are out. Heavy drapes with several folds are great at collecting dust and those things that make your sinuses miserable. Replace those drapes with blinds or with lighter, machine washable curtains.
4. Get a vacuum with a HEPA filter. A HEPA filter is a type of air filter that will trap harmful particles like pollen, pet dander, dust mites and tobacco smoke. Having one in your vacuum means that any air coming out of your vacuum will not reintroduce those particulates back into the air.
5. Rotate toys in your kids’ rooms. Just like heavy drapes, toys – especially plush toys such as stuffed animals – are great at collecting dust. Rotating the toys and occasionally washing them, will keep those harmful dust mites far away from your precious ones.
6. Stick to a regular cleaning schedule. Making sure to dust hard surfaces and wash soft ones on a regular basis is key to keeping your home allergy-free.
7. Keep pets out of bedrooms. Our pets are members of our family, and even when someone else in the family may be allergic, we can’t bear to part with our fur-kids. If you have indoor pets, at minimum be sure to keep them out of the bedrooms. Our bedrooms is where we spend the most time. An allergic family member may be able to manage her symptoms if she doesn’t have to breathe in pet dander all night.
8. Use “free and clear” cleaning products. While several of our products come in an array of beautiful scents, we also have included “free and clear” versions of some of our products that are safe to use for people with allergies. On top of that, all our products are USDA Certified Organic, so you won’t be bothered by any harsh chemical smells.
Allergy season can be tough, but you’ll get through it! These tips are a good start ridding your home of particles that can make you absolutely miserable.