11 Ways to Reduce the Allergens in Your Home

Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? Most people retreat to the comfort of their own home when outdoor allergens or mold spores are a huge problem. Also, ozone days tend to bother people who are sensitive too. The air inside of your own home may not be as clean as you think. The more time you spend indoors, the more you are affected by indoor allergens such as dust mites, animal dander and cockroaches. Today, I wanted to share with you 11 ways to reduce the allergens in your home.

Dust Often

Dust is the number one culprit for triggering indoor allergens. You should dust your house at least once a week sometimes even biweekly if you notice a heavy buildup of dust. Then you should dust doors, door frames, ceiling fans, air return for hvac, vents, blinds and windows, every few weeks to help reduce dust buildup. Dirt build up in your home makes it look dirty and dingy. Make sure that you are using a dusting tool that doesn’t spread the dust back into the air. You want to use a tool that attracts the dust. If dusting triggers your allergies, you can always wear a mask to help reduce your exposure to the dust.

Vacuum Weekly

Make sure that you dust first and then vacuum your carpets. Dusting usually causes dust particles to fly around in the air and they will eventually settle on the ground. Of course, if you have pets you might need to run the vacuum more often.

Sweep and Mop at Least Once a Week

If you suffer from indoor allergens, you should sweep and mop any tile floors on a weekly basis. This will help prevent dirt from building up on the floors.

Remove Carpet

If you suffer from indoor allergens, the best thing that you can do is to remove the carpet in your home and put in hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring. Carpet is a huge collect of dirt, grim, bacteria, and other contaminants.

Keep Windows Closed

It is always best to keep your windows and doors closed even though it is very tempting to open them when it is nice outside. Pollen and dust often blow into your home when you open your windows and doors. Instead, you should let your HVAC system do the work and help keep your air clean. Don’t forget to change your air filter regularly too!

Declutter Your Home

The more stuff that you have in your home the more surface area that there is for dust to hide. Dust can cause problems with your allergies and it makes the overall house look messy.

Take Care of Any Mold Problems Quickly

Take Care of Any Mold Problems Quickly

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Mold can cause you to become ill without you even realizing it. Always clean up standing water and any mold build up that you see in the bathroom or kitchen. If you think you have mold in your air ducts or in the walls of your home, you should seek professional help to remove it.

Quit Smoking Indoors

Did you know that when you exhale a puff of cigarette smoke that you are releasing over 4,000 known chemicals into the air? Those chemicals are stuck lingering in the air long after you put out the cigarette. Plus, smoking indoors exposes everyone else to second hand smoke which is just as harmful to your health. If you don’t plan on quitting smoking, the best thing you can do is to start smoking outside. I know that I am allergic to cigarette smoke and just being around it bothers me. The best thing you can do is stop smoking in your home and adding pollutants to the air that are known to trigger allergies and asthma.

Pets

Warm blooded animals can cause allergy problems. Pet dander and saliva is usually responsible for triggering allergy attacks. Your pet sheds tiny flakes of skin and fur. As your animal cleans itself with their tongue/saliva , the protein in their saliva dries into their fur and gets into the fabrics in your home. Plus, animals often go outside and roll in the grass, dirt, and weeds and track those allergens back into the house. If your pet has ever had an accident in your home, it is very important to make sure that urine needs to be cleaned up or it will become airborne.

Cockroaches

Did you know cockroaches often trigger allergy problems? Most people assume that cockroaches are a sign of a dirty home but this is just a myth. It is possible to have an infestation even if you have a super clean home. Cockroaches shed and excrete proteins that trigger allergy symptoms. If you notice that you have an infestation, you should get it taken care of immediately.

Encase Your Mattress/Pillows

Your mattress often houses a ton of dust mites and if you suffer from indoor allergies, you should encase your mattress and pillows. This will help reduce the amount of dust mites in your bedroom. Also, don’t forget to wash your bedding in hot water at least once a week.

Your home is your sanctuary and you probably spend a ton of time there. If you suffer from indoor allergens, it is possible that your own home is making your allergies worse. I hope these 11 ways to reduce the allergens in your home helps reduce your symptoms. Also, check out my other article on how to improve the air quality in your home.

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Do you suffer from indoor allergens? What are you going to do to help improve your allergy symptoms in your home?