10 easy tips to “allergy-proof” your home
Apr 12, 2017
Just as it’s important to drink pure water to stay healthy, it’s also important to breathe clean and pure air. While this may not always be possible when you travel or when you’re at work, you have the ability to control the quality of air at your home. Studies reveal that you inhale approximately 15,000 (or more) quarts of air each day. By investing in a durable and effective air purifier, you can safeguard your family from allergies and have a home that’s free from dust and pollen.
Here are 10 easy tips to “allergy-proof” your home
1. Keep your bed clean
Keep pillows encased in fresh covers and use dust and mite-proof casings for your mattresses. Use a mild, antibacterial detergent to wash all your bed linen at least once a week. 54°C is the ideal temperature at which you should wash your bed linen to kill the bacteria and get rid of allergens. In case you are allergic to wool or feathered bedding, it’s best you use synthetic or microfibre bedding.
2. Do away with floor carpeting
Carpets are abodes for dust, pollen, and allergens of all kinds. Get rid of the floor carpeting in your home and replace it with tiles, hardwood, or linoleum flooring. You could also use short fur carpeting as it collects lesser allergens. Vacuum clean your home every week and shampoo it at least once a month.
3. Deep clean curtains and blinds
Curtains are the first barrier of allergens into your home. Adorn your home with light and washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal PVC blinds with roller blinds made with washable fabrics. Dry clean your curtains and blinds regularly to keep allergens at bay.
4. Choose easy-to-maintain furnishings
Chairs, sofa sets, dressers and other furniture made of leather, wood, metal, or plastic are easy to clean when compared to foam-filled, upholstered furniture. Add a few drops of disinfectant into a bucket of water. Now dip a cotton cloth into the mixture and ensure that it soaks the solution. Wring the cloth thoroughly and use it to wipe the surfaces of all your furniture. This will help get rid of the allergens that can cause you harm.
Get rid of items that collect dust and allergens, such as vases, ornamental artifacts, and books. The more you clutter your home, higher the chances of bacteria and allergens growing and infecting your healthy space. Children's stuffed animals are massive collectors of allergens too. Store them in cupboards or toy chests.
6. Maintain pet hygiene
Ensure that your pets do not enter the bedrooms and if they do, at least keep them off the bed. You must bathe your dogs at least once a week to reduce the allergens present in their fur or body. As you cannot bathe cats or rabbits, wipe them with a wet cloth and clean the dirt in their ears and paws on a regular basis.
7. Install an air purifier
Air purifiers aid in removing all types of allergens and pollutants from an indoor environment. They’re particularly beneficial for people who suffer from asthma as they have the ability to clean even the tiniest contaminants in the air. Using an air purifier will cleanse the air in your home, so you can improve the quality of air and reduce the chances of airborne diseases.
8. Fix leaky taps
Trickling taps and leaky pipes can lead to mold. People who are prone to airborne allergies or are asthmatic, living in a home with mold may increase the chances of a severe allergic reaction. Hire a plumber and get all leaks fixed to prevent mold allergies.
9. Ventilate bathrooms regularly
Keep your bathrooms free from mold and mildew by washing and airing out the area on a regular basis. Having a ventilating fan or a window allows fresh air to circulate into the bathroom. This will ensure that the floors and walls dry up sooner, thus keeping allergens away.
10. Store clothes and linen in closets only once they are dry
While you may be in a hurry to get done with your laundry, storing clothes that are still damp creates the ideal environment for allergens to grow. At the same time storing dirty clothes attracts fabric-eating moths. Wash and dry your clothes regularly to avoid allergies.
These simple tips can help you ensure that your home is free from allergens. Your home will be the perfect place to enjoy a safe and healthy lifestyle. Share this blog post on social media and help your friends “allergy-proof” their homes.
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