More often than not, we are not even aware of all the allergens that surround us. Similarly, we often disregard and take for granted some symptoms which could actually be signs of allergy, but we are so used to them we don’t even notice.
Maybe are not aware of some allergy you have, or you might develop, and the best way to prevent that is to at least get rid of all the allergens at your home, as that is the place where you spend most of your time, and the only one where you can actually do something about these annoying irritants. So here is where to look and what to pay attention to.
Think no further than your own bed. It can be a major source of allergies. Make sure you replace your pillow and mattress regularly – every 2, that is every 5 to 8, respectively. Also, when buying, look for those allergy-proof ones. Companies such as Mattress Makers have a big choice of different mattresses and pillows to choose from.
Alternatively, you can get dust-mite-proof bedding. And of course, replace your bedding regularly, meaning once a week. When it comes to carpets and curtains, it goes the same as in the living room, remove them or replace them with easily washable versions.
Furthermore, avoid or take out all the unnecessary items that collect dust and de-clutter all the plain surfaces. Of course, make sure you wipe them regularly after decluttering.
Even though the bedroom might actually be more critical, don’t neglect the living room, either. The places where you can find allergens are numerous.
The first one is your carpet, so the best thing to do would be to take it out and leave a clear floor, which should, of course, be regularly vacuumed and wiped to prevent the dust from piling up and causing a potential allergic reaction.
The same goes for the curtains, especially the thick heavy ones which are ideal for dust and other allergens. So replace them with easily washable ones, along with your blinds. If it’s possible, replace the upholstered furniture with pieces made of wood, plastic, metal, and leather.
This is the place where you can find one of the most dangerous allergens – mold and its likes. So the most important thing is to keep your bathroom dry and well-aired. Make sure you use the ventilation regularly or open the window if you have one.
Also, make sure you leave your bathroom dry at all times, and all the places, meaning you wipe the walls of the shower after taking one, as well as the floor. If you notice condensation in some place, pay additional attention, air your bathroom well and consider getting a dehumidifier.
The bottom line is, prevent humidity and warmth which are too basic conditions for the growth of the notorious mold.
Same goes for the kitchen when it comes to mold. Make sure you have a functioning exhaust fan and that you use it regularly, so there is no condensation in your kitchen. Also, check the sink for potential leaks and fix them if necessary.
Do the moisture check-up in your fridge as well and wipe the excess if necessary to prevent to mold growth. It is also important to keep the counter and other surfaces de-cluttered and clear, by cleaning them regularly with detergent and water.
Regardless of the room, pay attention to the plants you have in your house and make sure you are not allergic to some of them. Also, in case you have pets, make sure you brush them regularly as well as give them a bath, which should hopefully reduce the amount of their hair and dander in your house.