Springtime allergies often start as early as February and last until the end of summer. While for people who are born allergic, they tend to experience symptoms all year round.
But, to deal with this springtime problem, you need to deal with the root to prevent aggravating the allergies people suffer from. To cut down on dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens in your home this spring, here are natural home allergy-proofing practices you must do:
Clean up and declutter.
All year long, make sure to clean and declutter your home regularly. The fewer the items in your home, the fewer places for allergens to stay in or breed; more so, the fewer stuff, the lesser time to clean. Replace and wash beddings, curtains, rugs, and throw pillows regularly. Wash them in 140º to sanitize them and kill 100% of dust mites.
Other areas in your home that needs to be cleaned to allergy-proof your home include air vents, air filters, bathroom walls, moldy pipes and fixtures, carpeting, overlooked corners like under the sink, and pet houses and upholstery (if you have pets around). And in cleaning and vacuuming your home, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Maintain a well-ventilated home.
Whatever the season, if your home has poor indoor air quality, you and your family are most likely to deal with different health problems including, but not limited to, headaches, allergies, nausea, asthma attacks, and trouble concentrating. To bring clean indoor air into your home, your home needs to have proper ventilation at all times.
Make sure rooms in your home prone to high humidity, like your kitchen and bathroom, have exhaust fans. Other ways to maintain a well-ventilated home include installations of air cleaners or purifiers, the use of a hygrometer to monitor your home’s moisture levels, using a dehumidifier, and ensuring the HVAC system is working well.
Remove dust collectors.
Sort things in your home and keep away or eliminate those that are most likely to collect dust. Dust collectors and generators may include stuffed toys, figurines, collectibles, fabric curtains, high-pile carpeting, silk plants, beddings, and upholstered furniture. Focus your cleaning tasks on dustier rooms like the bedroom and living room.
To allergy-proof your home and keep dust accumulation at bay, change your beddings every week. You can encase your mattresses and other upholstery with allergen-proof covers as well. When it comes to entertaining guests into your home, use two doormats on all entryways–one inside, one outside–to track dust and dirt better.
Give your closets a spring-clean.
When the weather is cold, water condenses along the walls of the house–especially in cabinets–and results in mold buildup. When springtime comes, the temperature rises and makes the indoors more humid. Because of this, dust mites rejoice and cause allergies. It’s suggested to give closets a thorough cleaning at least once a year.
As you give your closet a thorough clean, sort out your stuff and remove items you wouldn’t wear anymore. Throw, sell, or donate them. More than freeing more space, there will also be better ventilation in your closet because there are lesser items inside. You also need to make sure clothes are clean and dry before placing them inside.
Choose plants wisely.
If you are–or there’s someone in your home–prone to allergies, you might need to check the plants you allow to grow inside and outside your home. You need to make smart selections when gardening or landscaping. Refrain from planting allergenic plants and trees like maple, birch, and ash. Avoid flowering plants with pollen as well.
Other worst pollen offenders to be wary of include oak, pecan, elm, mulberry, cedar, cottonwood, hickory, walnut, juniper, willow, beech, Bermuda grass, orchard grass, rye grass, sweet vernal grass, Kentucky bluegrass, Johnson grass, English plantain, lamb’s quarters, ragweed, redroot pigweed, sagebrush, date palm, and tumbleweed.
Get your home ready for spring. Follow the above tips and shoo allergens away from your home. Have an allergy-free season!