Five Ways to Reduce Allergens in the Home

Five Ways to Reduce Allergens in the Home
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    It’s that time of the year when allergies seem to be taking full effect.

    I know I’m reaching for my antihistamines and tissues when I get up in the morning.

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But I know other people who suffer from other allergies year round, and many of the triggers are found in the home. These include dust, pet dander, and even household cleaners.

My daughter, who has grown up and left home, suffers from these allergies, so when she comes to visit I always try and reduce the allergens in my home. Here are a few of the ways I do this…

Get a Powerful Vacuum Cleaner

My first tip would be to upgrade the vacuum cleaner you use. There are some special types that will help to reduce the amount of pet hair and dander in the home, therefore eliminating the strength of the allergens. This is especially important if you have a carpet or rug, as it can be harder to clean deeply. If you are a full time sufferer of allergies in the home, you might want to consider installing wooden or faux wood flooring instead as it may be easier to clean.

Think About Pet Hair

If you’re cleaning for a guest, make sure to do a deep clean and then keep animals out of that area. Dog and cat hair has a habit of appearing everywhere and being hard to shift, so it may be possible that your guest still experiences itchy eyes and the occasional sneeze though. Ideally, you should get a friend or a certified kennel looking after your beloved pet whilst your guest is around.

Consider Bedding

Another room of the house where people experience allergies is the bedroom. There are all types of bedding now such as anti-allergy mattress toppers and duvets. You can also find a range of cases to go around your existing bedding if you don’t have the budget for a whole new set. Anti-allergy bedding can protect against dust-mites, but make sure you are washing the bedding at a high enough temperature too.

Close the Window

If someone in your home suffers from seasonal allergies such as from grass pollen, it is important to keep the windows closed where possible. This is because the allergens can travel indoors, generating symptoms even when the person isn’t outside. If you need a solution for cooler air during the warm summer months, other options include air conditioning, or a room or ceiling fan.

Read Labels on Your Products

Finally, another type of allergy in the home can come from various household cleaners and cosmetics. It is important to read labels to ensure you know what ingredients are included, and whether there are special instructions on how to use a product. Some people will find that they need to use rubber gloves for all cleaning, although some people are allergic to rubber so which need to find a pair that are latex free.

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