Alleviate Allergies with These 9 Tips
There is no better time to work on your allergies than the spring! Spring cleaning offers a great chance to deep clean your house and create a healthier environment for you and your family. Consequently, your allergy symptoms won’t be as harsh! Here are the best tips to spring clean for allergies.
1. Realize Your Triggers:
By learning which allergens trigger your symptoms, you have better chances to get ahead of them. Indoor and outdoor allergens need to be treated differently. For indoor allergens, open your windows once in a while to air out your home. For outdoor allergens, do your best to keep your windows closed.
Are you unsure of what is actually causing your allergy symptoms? Here are common triggers to look into:
- Cat and dog dander
- Tree, grass, and weed pollen
- Dust Mites
- Mold Spores
2. Remove Standing Water Sources
Standing water is a great breeding ground for mold. If you are among the thousands of people with mold allergies, be sure to check and make sure your home is free of leaks and standing water.
3. Don’t Move Dust – Trap it
Feather dusters are a great way to make your home appear dust-free, but the truth is they do nothing but just move dust from one place to another. Using these will stir up dust and send it circulating through your indoor air. You can avoid this by using a damp cloth or paper towel to trap the dust and dispose of it properly!
4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals
Harsh chemicals that are normally used for cleaning can make your allergies worse! Choosing to replace them with natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda is a great way to alleviate allergies.
5. Keep Your Home Cool and Dry
Do your best to keep your home at 50% or lower relative humidity. This will make less of a desirable environment for dust mites and mold spores.
6. Wash and/or Replace Old Shower Curtains
This is an easy one to forget about. But mold from the shower can easily trigger allergies and spread throughout your home. Read the tag on your shower curtain and throw it in the washer if it can be washed. If not, head to your nearest store and grab a new one. Your allergies will thank you!
7. Eliminate Trapped Allergens
Carpet, rugs, and upholstered furniture act as air filters for your home. They should be vacuumed regularly and professionally cleaned 2 – 3 times a year. This will keep your home’s air quality in prime condition!
8. Clean Bed Linens Consistently
The experts recommend washing your bed linens every couple weeks minimum. Bedding can accumulate dust, dead skin, and more. This creates a great home for dust mites. If your allergies are extra bad at night, make sure to clean your mattress and pillows consistently.
9. Replace HVAC Filters Regularly
Check your homes air filter to be sure that it is clean and working at full functionality. Typically these need to be changed every 6 – 12 months. You may need to change these every 90 days if your allergies are really bad. Remember to set your MERV rating appropriately. Higher MERV ratings are not always better. Too high of a rating reduces airflow and can actually make things worse. Research your specific system to find the best rating that allows max airflow in your home.