Tips for Minimizing Allergies in the Home

Experiencing allergy symptoms in your home? Check out these tips to minimize indoor allergies!

February 25, 2022

When pollen counts are high for seasonal allergens like trees, weeds and grasses, many people stay inside to get away from those problematic substances, however there are many allergens that can cause problems indoors, such as dust mites, mold, pet dander, and the most disturbing, cockroaches.

Allergies may seem like something you can’t get away from, but there are many simple things you can do at home to minimize your exposure, which can lessen your allergy symptoms.

The main sources of indoor allergens are:

  • Carpet
  • Upholstered or soft furniture
  • Stuffed animals or toys
  • Bedding and pillows
  • Drapes or curtains
  • Damp areas, like basements and under sinks
  • Pets

Allergen particles cling to surfaces rather than hang around in the air, so the best thing you can do is implement a regular cleaning schedule to clear the air of allergens.

10 Easy Things You can Do at Home to Get Rid of Allergens

1. If possible, replace wall-to-wall carpet with laminate, tile or wood flooring

Carpets harbor all kinds of dirt, dust and allergen particles, so if you have a home renovation coming up, make sure that replacing your carpet is first on the list - especially in the bedroom where you’re spending a lot of concentrated time.

2. If that is not possible, vacuum at least twice a week

Vacuums have come a long way over the years, and there are some pretty powerful ones out there now, including HEPA vacuum cleaners, which we recommend!

3. Dust hard surfaces at least weekly to capture any dust laying around

When dusting, start from top to bottom to make sure you’re capturing it all. Also, use a damp microfiber cloth which will trap dust instead of just moving it around like with a feather duster or dry cloth. Don’t forget to clean ceiling fans and blinds!

4. Keep windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from coming indoors

We’ve certainly adapted to air conditioning for much of the year, but sometimes the temptation is real when spring finally arrives after a long winter. If you suffer from seasonal allergens, keep your windows and screen doors closed so pollen doesn’t enter the home.

5. Remove shoes upon entering the home to prevent tracking pollen through the home

Not only will removing shoes prevent dirt from entering the home, it will prevent allergens from entering the home as well.

6. Wipe down pets when they come in from outdoors - this includes paws and fur

Remember, pollen loves to cling to things - including pets! Make regular bathing and wiping down your pets a habit to prevent allergens from entering the home.

7. Shower at night to prevent pollen from getting into your bed.

Allergens can stick to hair, skin and clothes, so rinse off at night to prevent you from rolling around in allergens all night long.

8. If you have a pet, keep it out of your bedroom.

The last thing you want is for allergen-infested pet dander to be collecting on your bed sheets and pillows!

9. Wash bedding in HOT water at least once a week.

Hot water can zap dust mites living in your sheets, so make sure to wash them regularly. The pillows themselves should be washed at least every three months. You’ll also want to use zippered pillow and mattress covers to prevent dust mites from nesting into those soft surfaces.

10. Check for leaks in the bathroom and under the sink.

These are areas where mold can accumulate and grow completely undetected. Don’t forget the basement if you have one!

It may seem overwhelming but you don’t have to continue to let mold, dust or pollen allergies make you miserable in your own home any longer! Go room by room and make a list of all that you can do to minimize the allergens in your home.

This will lead to fewer allergy symptoms and a cleaner, happier home.

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