It’s allergy season and my family is suffering badly. It’s amazing how our homes are a major culprit in exasperating allergy symptoms. Here are 10 tips that don’t take too much time to keep your home free from allergens.
*Thank you to EnviroKlenz for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Pollen, dust mites, mold and pet dander are common allergy triggers found throughout your home. While some think that it’s only outdoor allergens that cause allergic reactions, common allergens are found right in your own home. If you suffer from severe allergies, these tips are a great way to keep indoor allergens at bay.
It’s important to take extra care everyday to make sure your home is a clean environment to reduce exposure to allergens.
While it’s a good idea to take care of these tips any time of year, pay extra attention during seasonal allergy months when seasonal pollens, pollen counts and mold growth are at the highest levels.
Your family member may have allergies with the following symptoms:
- Runny nose or stuffy nose
- watery eyes and itchy eyes
- shortness of breath
Here are 10 tips to Allergy Proof your home
Keep your windows closed
While you might love to keep those windows open to let in fresh air, keep them closed. If you suffer from allergies, you are letting pollen and dust come into your home. Be sure to also regularly clean your window sills from mold and pollen.
Run your air conditioner instead. Running the A/C will also help with the excess moisture that can come with high humidity levels. Too much moisture can lead to the growth of mold. Also, with that in mind, be sure to clean your HVAC system and air ducts regularly, as these both can be a home of allergens.
Remove shoes before entering your home
Think about all of the places your shoes have been throughout the day! From dust particles, dirt and germs to pollen and mold, they have seen it and collected it all! Be sure to keep a welcome mat right outside your door to brush off shoes.
Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
The best way to combat seasonal allergies and asthma triggers is with better air quality around your home. One of the best ways to do so is through an air system. Because harsh chemicals can also be a potential allergy trigger, you will want to use an air system that does not contain any abrasive chemicals, masking agents or toxic fillers.
To improve your indoor air supply, use portable air purifiers like the EnviroKlenz brand that uses patented earth mineral technology to capture and destroy airborne toxic and noxious gasses, particulates, specific allergens, bacteria, viruses and other allergy triggers. There are 2 different Air Purifier systems, EnviroKlenz Air System and EnviroKlenz Air System Plus with the only difference between the systems is that the Plus also has 2 UV-C bulbs that are just an extra filtration layer that will eliminate any remaining particulates that may be there before the HEPA filter. Both systems have a large HEPA filter placed below the patented EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge filter.
The Air Cartridge filter is what differentiates EnviroKlenz from competitors. The patented earth mineral technology that is inside the cartridge is made up of Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide which is unique in its ability to adsorb, eliminate, and will never re-release anything captured in the cartridge. The HEPA filter also kills and captures without re-releasing but it’s for the particulates that aren’t captured by the cartridge.
And because EnviroKlenz has gone through third-party testing and validation (done by OPCW, Battelle Memorial, Lloyd’s Register, ECBC, and Intertek Lab) you know you can be sure that all claims made have been validated.
For these reasons, the EnvironKlenz air system is a better option than air cleaners or an air filtration system.
Remove scented candles
While they might smell and look pretty, they are just a trigger for allergy sufferers. One whiff and I will be sent into migraine.
Say goodbye to stuffed animals
Sad but true! Stuffed animals are a perfect breeding ground for dust and pollen. If your child insists on them, just let them keep 1 or 2 of their favorites in bed with them and wash them in hot water on a weekly basis from keeping the dust from collecting on them. A dust mite allergy is one of the most popular indoor allergies.
Clean your bedding regularly
Our bedroom is such an important place in our home and because bedding regularly collects dust mites, you should cover your mattresses, box springs and pillows in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash and change your sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers and blankets once a week in warm water. Stay away from any allergy prone materials such as wool or feathers.
Stay away from carpets and clean floors often
Remove carpeting in your home if possible. Stick to tile, hardwood floors or linoleum flooring. We made this switch last year and it made all the difference in our home. Use washable area rugs or a low pile carpeting that won’t allow dust, mold and pollen to build up.
Use a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA). Do a good job of vacuuming or cleaning your floors at least twice a week. Don’t forget to get furniture and hard to reach places like behind the television or ceiling fans.
Keep your pets clean if you are a pet owner
It’s not just pet dander and pet hair that causes an allergy attack. And you don’t need to have pet allergies to suffer! Your furry friends walk outside and collect pollen and debris in their paws and fur. So be sure to wash them regularly and in between washes wipe their paws and fur with a damp cloth after coming in from outside.
Your living room is a safe haven for a large amount of allergens
Keep your living room free from too many indoor plants and cluttered with decorative items. Washable curtains are an easy way to keep animal dander, mold spores and dead skin cells from collecting.
For best results in making your home an allergy-free zone where indoor allergens won’t stand a chance, follow this treatment plan.