If you suffer from allergies you can now take a breath of fresh air because there are ways to make your home allergy friendly. I can absolutely help you out here because I have suffered from allergies all of my life, even to the point of taking allergy injections for years. We will tackle this together. It is very important to make your home allergy friendly because that is where you spend the majority of your time and you deserve to be in a healthy environment. The ways to make your home allergy friendly can make a big difference in your life.
1. Get Rid of the Carpet
The very first thing you should do to make your home allergy friendly is get rid of your carpet. Your carpet is a like a sponge that holds in all of the dust, mold spores, pet hair and dander as well as other things that you are probably allergic to. It is bad stuff, girls, so get it out of there. This is my allergist’s number one instruction for allergy sufferers. Replace it with wood, vinyl or laminate. This is one of the best ways to make your home allergy friendly.
2. Don’t Dry Dust
Dry dusting is pointless and will give you the sniffles, too. When you dry dust, all you are really doing is spreading the dust around in your house so that it redistributes on another location. It is not helpful in cleaning nor is it helpful for your allergies. Always dust with a damp cloth. You can use a furniture spray or just plain water like I do.
3. Buy Mattress and Pillow Covers
As gross as this is to consider, did you know that your mattress and pillows are a breeding ground for dust mites? Dust mites are so microscopic you will never feel them and they can’t bite you. But they can make you really sick if you are allergic to dust and dust mites. You can protect yourself from this by buying allergy safe covers and enclosing your mattress and pillows in them. A hint for you: when you put the mattress cover on, you may want to have some help close by. It usually takes two to put it on successfully.
4. Get Fido His Own Bed
As much as you love your little Fido, he or she does not need to sleep with you if you have a pet allergy. Actually they do not need to be in your bedroom, period. But if you must have them nearby, get them their own bed. This will keep you from being as close to your allergy trigger. Although it is a big step, both you and Fido will adjust in a little time.
5. Purchase an Air Purifier
An air purifier can be very beneficial for those that suffer from allergies. They cut down on the dust and make your home cleaner. They can also make your home healthier by killing germs. There are all kinds of air purifiers that you can choose from. They also come in many different sizes and a wide range in budget.
6. Trade Blinds for Shades
Blinds are bad, bad, bad. They are dust collectors and you need to get them out of your home. Replace your blinds with shades. Shades will give you the privacy you desire but are so much easier to keep clean. You can simply run a damp rag over your shades to remove the dust quickly. If you are on a budget, try replacing the blinds in one room at time.
7. Clear the Clutter
Clutter is not your friend when you suffer from allergies. You need to get it out of there. When you suffer from allergies, think minimalist style for your home. You can still have it beautifully decorated but just be very choosy in your selections. Less is definitely more when you suffer from allergies.
Allergies are a terrible thing to deal with but thankfully there are things that you can do to help you not suffer so badly. What other tips can be used to make your home allergy friendly? I would love to learn from you!