For as long as I can remember, I have suffered with a runny nose and itchy throat around pets. If I stroke long haired dogs, it gets even worse, and I break out in hives. These aren’t my only allergies, either. So with that in mind, today I am sharing 5 ways to reduce allergens in the home. Read on for some tips I have picked up over the years.
Ways To Reduce Allergens In The Home
As well as the below tips, it’s worth checking out Premier Allergy & Asthma for some more tips and ideas.
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1). Clean Regularly
As simple as it sounds, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping the floors regularly is the first thing you need to be doing. Use a wet cloth to collect as much of the dust as possible. Dry dusting simply moves the dust around. Additionally, it’s worth investing in a decent vacuum, and making sure you change and clean the filter(s) as often as required.
2). Keep Pet Hair Under Control
This is a HUGE one for me. Simply vacuuming regularly doesn’t keep the pet hair and dander at bay. Premier Allergy & Asthma have a blog post on hidden allergens, and this comes up in there. I find that giving the pets a good groom in the garden is one of the best ways to reduce to reduce allergens in the home. It gets rid of all of the loose fur and dander which would end up air borne or on the floor, as well as making your pet feel and look healthier. So it’s win – win.
3). Avoid Plug Ins And Aerosols
The third thing which has a massive impact on me is plug ins and aerosols. They really do make me struggle to breathe. It took me a long time to realise that it wasn’t just Aerosols which triggered my allergies. Sneaky plug ins would often set me off when I went into people’s houses. The same applies for wax melts and candles, too. Some of the strong ones really irritate my throat and make it difficult to breathe at times.
4). Remove The Carpets
It’s a bold (and expensive) move, but if your allergies are really bad, opt for hard flooring. Sweeping and mopping is much easier and effective at reducing allergens than vacuuming carpet is. Some dander and dust will remain hidden in your carpets… Even if you’ve got the most powerful vacuum on the market!
5). Bedroom Rules
If you find the bedroom is where most of your allergies flare up, it’s worth giving your bed and mattress a good hoovering. Dust and / or dust mites may well be to blame. Additionally, make sure you clean the headboard as well as under the bed, too. Additionally, make sure you wash and change your bedding regularly. Dust, skin and hair can all trigger allergies, so change it every few days if you’re struggling.
Finally, be mindful of how much time your window is open for, if there’s plants outside which may trigger your allergies. While the lavender bush may smell beautiful, it’s also possible that’s the reason why your nose is blocked every night, too.
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