Fall has just rolled in, which means there are a lot more seasonal allergens in the air. In fact, 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Whether it is you or your kids, someone in your home is bound to be getting sick during allergy season. You may not be aware that some of the most common allergens found in your homes include: dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold. In order to help you rid these allergens, we have compiled a list of our favorite ways to allergy proof your home.
Allergy-proof the bedroom
- Once a month, use a damp rag to wipe down the bed frame and other metal.
- Wash linens once a week, and mattress pads and blankets every 2-4 weeks.
- Remove all the junk beneath your bed; this is what is attracting the dust mites.
- Have your local house cleaning service come twice a month for a thorough cleaning.
- Keep your pets out of your bedroom at all times, they are walking mops of dust.
- If a child’s room, try getting rid of the stuffed animals, or opt for washable toys.
- Keep bookcases away from your bed.
Allergy-proof the bathroom
- Use paint instead of wallpaper, paint doesn’t grow mold.
- Wash shower curtains once a month, or buy those with anti-fungal agents.
- Don’t forget to wash the toothbrush holder.
- Turn on exhaust fan and shut door when showering.
- Wash bath towels and wash cloths regularly.
Allergy-proof the kitchen
- Immediately wash off all dishes, cockroaches love these.
- Keep your countertops free of clutter.
- Wipe up spills immediately after they happen.
- Avoid keeping houseplants in the kitchen, especially near the windows
- Clean the drip pan underneath.
- Wash out garbage can occasionally.
- Deodorize garbage disposal with fresh lemons.
Now that you have allergy proofed a few rooms of your home, use these ideas to tackle the rest of the rooms in your house.
What is your favorite way to allergy- proof your home?