For many people, spring means warmer weather and more sunshine. However, for some, spring also means the start of allergy season. Perhaps you’ve felt its effects already. Pollen and other allergens can make their way into your home, meaning that, if you’re an allergy sufferer, it’s hard to get away from your symptoms. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while doing your spring cleaning that could help with those pesky allergies.
Everyone responds differently to different allergens. Figure out which ones most affect your family and react accordingly. If indoor allergens (such as pet hair, dust, and mold) are the problem, then open up the windows to air out the house. On the other hand, if it’s outdoor allergens (like grass or tree pollen) that are triggering symptoms, then keep your windows closed to reduce the amount that can get in. Some of the most common triggers are:
This tip pertains most to those who are allergic to mold. Standing water is often a breeding ground for mold. Take a look around your house to make sure that there are no puddles or leaks anywhere. Getting rid of this water can help with mold allergies.
Traditional feather dusters only move dust around, giving it a chance to float for a while before settling down once again. Using a damp paper towel or cloth instead can pick up and trap the dust so you can throw it in the trash.
In the same vein, make sure you clean dust from all surfaces. While it might seem tedious, being thorough in your dusting can pay off. Pay attention to places where you might not usually dust, like window wells, window frames, ceiling fans, and door frames.
Many people display allergy symptoms in reaction to chemicals in cleaning materials. Try using cleaners that are scentless or made with more natural ingredients such as vinegar or baking soda.
Keep your house at a low relative humidity (50% or lower), and fairly cool since dust mites and mold spores like to live in warm, moist environments.
Mold from the shower can not only trigger your allergies but can spread to other parts of the house, worsening the situation. Check the care tag on your shower curtain, but most of the time, you can just throw it in the wash and hang it back up to dry.
Carpets, rugs, and upholstery are great at holding on to dust and allergens, so be sure to vacuum weekly. Additionally, it’s recommended that you have your carpets, rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned every three to four months.
Bed sheets are also great for collecting allergens; dust, skin flakes, and other particles are great for dust mites. If you notice that your allergies get worse at night, try keeping your bedding, including your mattress and pillow, cleaner. Wash bedding every one to two weeks.
Filters should be changed every six to 12 months, or more frequently if your allergies are more severe. Not changing them can lower their efficiency, allowing allergens to remain in your home and aggravating allergy symptoms.
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