When you think of allergens and allergies, you may think of ones that are found primarily outdoors, such as pollen. In fact, many allergens that contribute to your symptoms are likely found within your home. Below we review how to reduce indoor allergens.
Sources of Indoor Allergens
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the main sources of indoor allergens are:
- Wall-to-wall carpet.
- Soft furniture.
- Stuffed toys.
- Damp areas.
- Indoor plants.
- Mattresses that aren’t covered.
- Pillows and bedding that can’t be washed in hot water.
Tips for Reducing Indoor Allergens
Try the following tips to reduce indoor allergens.
There’s a strategy for dusting that will yield the best outcomes. Dust mites are an extremely common allergen, so it’s important to eliminate them as much as possible. You should dust from the top of the room to the bottom of the room to avoid spreading dust to areas you’ve already cleaned. In addition, using a damp microfiber cloth will trap dust better than a feather duster or dry cloth. Don’t forget to dust ceiling fans and blinds.
Replace Your Filters
Be sure to regularly replace the filters in your air conditioning and central heating units. Additionally, you can install a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter from Bates Ace Hardware to remove allergens from the air.
Wash & Cover Bedding
Dust mites love bedding. In fact, their presence and their droppings can actually make your pillows and mattresses heavier over time – yuck! Invest in a washable pillowcase and mattress covers that are made to protect against dust mites and other allergens.
Keep Pollen Outdoors
To limit the amount of pollen in your home, be sure to keep windows closed when pollen counts are high, shower and change right away after spending time outdoors, take shoes off outside or wipe your feet on a mat before coming in, and run the air conditioning/air purifiers.
Get a Good Vacuum
Not all vacuums are great at removing allergens. Bagless vacuums with HEPA filters are best for this job. If you have serious allergies, consider replacing your carpet with hardwood, laminate or linoleum flooring.
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