Springtime is a bittersweet moment for many, especially for those who have a yearly battle with their allergies around this time. If you are one of these people, know that there are just about as many allergens that could attack you indoors as there are outdoors, so you should at least find a safe haven in one of them. While you couldn’t always allergy-proof your backyard, you can always count on various home allergy relief solutions to keep your living space comfortable.
Mold loves to thrive in cold and damp areas in your home, particularly your basement, attic, bathroom, and maybe even in between the drywall. Every now and then these microorganisms will release spores that you could inhale and end up irritating your respiratory tract. Deal with this by regulating moisture levels in your home and you can start by sealing up your roofing against leaks and investing in a dependable dehumidifier.
Let the Light In
Thick, heavy drapes might be adding a touch of elegance in your home, but they can also be a breeding ground for a wide array of allergens, so it might be better for you to swap them for more lighter, easy to clean curtains. Avoid window treatments with lots of folds and pleats, as they are very likely to trap and collect dust.
Conventional pillows and beddings may also serve as breeding grounds for bacteria, which is why stores like the Allergy Relief Store always have hypoallergenic options in stock. Here are some tips on handling beddings from a Better Homes and Gardens article:
“Buy allergen-proof zippered, sealed covers for pillows, mattress, and box springs. Find them at most stores that sell bedding. Washing bedclothes in hot water also kills the little insects. The water needs to be at least 130 degrees to work, so check your water heater temperature dial to make sure it’s set that high.”
Since you can’t bear to simply leave your beloved pet out in the cold outdoors, the best way to keep him from giving you allergies is to have him bathed and groomed regularly, preferably every two to three weeks. However, if you’re still in the process of looking for a pet, opt for a breed that doesn’t shed too much.
Always practice in-home allergy control if you want to survive the allergy season with little more than a few sniffles. Whenever you deal with beddings, window treatments, upholstery, or even clothing fabric, always opt for allergy-proof varieties. You should also invest in reliable air filters to make sure that the amount of allergens in the air is minimized.
(Source: 5 Steps to Allergy-Proof Your Home, Better Homes and Gardens)