Where the allergy come from?
Your home is your castle - everyone would agree. But if you’re allergic to it, what to do than? The latest worldwide survey found that over half of all habitants test positive for at least some allergens, and many of these are indoor allergies such as dust, mold, and pet dander.
We know for sure how you can make your home not a source of sneezes, but a refuge. Just take a tour of your house from room to room, find out where the allergens are lurking, follow our advices and get relief from indoor allergies.
This is the most allergen-prone room in your house, because the most common indoor allergen is dust mites.
The single most important thing you can do for dust mite allergies is to put hypoallergenic casings on your beds, mattresses, box springs, and notably the pillows. They are right in your face all the time, so they surprisingly need allergy casings.
You can also reduce the presence of dust mites in your beds by using only washable bedding. A lot of people usually pile their beds with fancy quilts, throw pillows, and wool blankets that aren’t washed regularly.
If you move them around at night when you’re getting ready for bed, you stir up the particulate found in these linens.
This applies to stuffed animals in children’s bedrooms as well. Instead of piling stacks and stacks of cuddly toys on the bed, limit the furry friends to one or two favorites that are washable. (Take a look at the label - many stuffed animals are marked “surface clean only.”) Your child’s linens and stuffed animals should be washed in hot water weekly.
Remove carpets from the bedroom (and anywhere in the house as well if you can). A smooth-surfaced floor reduces the dust mite particles that accumulate in carpets.
Keep pets out of the bedroom, especially off your bed. Even if you’re not actually allergic to the pet dander, they can bring allergens into the bedroom and onto the bed on their fur.
The bedroom is also a good place for a HEPA air filter to clean bedroom air. (This is not an “air purifier,” which is a different product and does nothing for allergies).
The Living Room, Family Room and Playroom
These rooms are not so dangerous as the bedroom. However the similar rules apply:
- Keep carpeted surfaces to a minimum.
- Choose smooth-surfaced furniture, like leather, vinyl, and ultrasuede over heavily upholstered pieces.
- Limit soft and plush toys, and wash them regularly.
- In rooms with carpeting, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Vacuums with HEPA filters reduce the amount of particles thrown up in the air when you’re vacuuming, says Sublett.
In addition it is a good idea to wear an allergy face mask when you’re vacuuming. This is a mask rated at least N95 by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which filters extremely small particles.
The Kitchen and Bathrooms
It’s important to keep the kitchen clean because of the cockroaches, which are another common trigger of allergies and asthma. Keep all food stored in sealed containers, and keep garbage cans covered and emptied regularly.
Mold from moisture also tends to accumulate in both the kitchen and bathroom. Use vent fans to clear the air after cooking or showering, and make sure that all solid surfaces are regularly cleaned using a 5% bleach cleaning solution. Showers and bathtubs should be cleaned weekly and checked for mold and mildew.
Refrigerator drip pans are another often-neglected source of mold. If your fridge has one, pull it out when you do your regular kitchen cleaning and scrub it down.
It would be perfect to keep allergens out of your house is to keep it clean and dry.Molds and mildew thrive in damp, poorly ventilated environments, so repair leaking roofs and pipes promptly. Try to avoid putting carpet on concrete floors, and keep clothing and papers away from damp areas. You can use dehumidifiers in areas that tend to accumulate moisture (like the basement), but be sure to empty them regularly and keep them clean or they will become another source of mold and mildew.
You can also avoid the allergens which were tracked in from outside by using a tracking mat - not a cute welcome mat, but a good-sized rubberized mat like you’d see in commercial buildings. Also, studies have shown that many of the particles that are brought into the house are on your shoes.
It may be impossible to completely allergy-proof your home, but if you follow these tips you may find yourself breathing easier.