by Mark Johnson, edited by Jeff Campbell
Allergy season is here! But while the prospect of playing outdoors is very welcome; the thought of seasonal allergies is enough to take all the fun out of it.
An estimated 30% of Americans have some form of allergy; the majority of reactions are to pollen and dust.
In addition, indoor allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, mold, and mildew are problematic year-round.
Children are particularly susceptible to allergies (around 40%), so we’ve come up with 5 practical ways to help you allergy-proof your home.
1. Declutter Kid’s Bedrooms
You need to clean up clutter.
When you have less stuff, then there will be fewer places for allergens to collect.
Children’s bedrooms are full of opportunities for allergens – especially stuffed toys and books. To allergy-proof your home, take out the items that your children no longer play with and ensure the remain items are cleaned regularly.
You should also take out old rags, newspapers, clothes and other porous items, limit the knickknacks, magazines, and any other catch-all for dust that you never use, and spend time cleaning your own bedroom since both you and allergens spend most of your time there.
2. Get Rid of Impurities in the Air
To fully allergy-proof your home can be a difficult task especially considering that you are dealing with hundreds of microscopic organisms.
These tips can help you eliminate them for good.
- Make sure your home is well-ventilated, and you have non-leaking ductwork.
- Get yourself HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) purifiers, we recommend having a look at the different HEPA options before making your decision.
- Maintain the humidity level at about 50%. Mold thrives on moisture, and dry air stirs up dust and pollen.
- Close your windows when the pollen counts are high: in the early hours of the morning, between 10 am and 3 pm, and on windy days.
- Pollen and mold spores stick to your clothes, so when you come in from outdoors, take them off and take a shower.
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3. Clean Your Kids’ Bathroom (And Yours While You’re At It)
- Inspect any leaks and fix them (keep an eye out for damp).
- Regularly wash the walls with a nontoxic cleaner.
- Route the ventilation fans to the outside, and run them for 30 minutes after showering.
- Scrub your pipes to get rid of mold.
Of course, you might also want to How to Cure Allergies Naturally.
4. Get Rid of the Dust Generating Furnishings
Rugs and fabrics help create dust by the breaking down of fibers.
Consider replacing plush curtains, high- pile carpeting and upholstered furniture in the bedroom, since they attract allergens.
This is especially true of children’s bedrooms where the opportunities for allergens are widespread.
A good option is to get washable throw rugs over sealed wood, linoleum or tiled floors, damp mop regularly, and wash the walls and other surfaces.
NB: If you need to carpet, make it short, tight pile and vacuum it weekly with a cleaner that has a HEPA Filter. We also recommend choosing one of the best air purifiers for allergies.
5. Make Smart Landscaping Choices
The yellow, sticky pollen carried by bees from one plant to another is a common allergen.
It is the small, lightweight particles that are stirred up by the wind that cause discomfort. Particularly for children who play outdoors, this may be a significant source of their allergies.
To allergy-proof your home outside, avoid adding allergenic trees like the male maple, birch, and ash to your landscape.
Preferably, select the low-allergy trees like dogwood, double-flowered cherry, and magnolia. The female ash and female maple trees are low-allergy, too, but to be precise about the gender, get them from a reliable nursery source.
Implementing these steps will not only help you get rid of your allergies and protect your children from more severe allergic reactions, but they will also help make your home a haven of freshness
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