Have you suffered itchy throats, running eyes and blocked noses right inside your home?
The truth is, allergies are becoming so common. Whether it is dust allergies, cold, pollen, or mould. Establishing what it is you are specifically allergic to will help greatly in terms of knowing how to lessen the symptoms. While there is medication to alleviate such symptoms, let’s look at other ways to help decrease the presence of allergens in your home.
While making your home allergy-proof might seem like a tough task there are plenty of ways to maximize allergy prevention.
1. Keep humidity at a happy medium
If you don’t already own a humidifier, invest in one. Then set the humidity levels to 50%. As dust and pollen are more easily provoked in dry air, and mould thrives in moist air, this will ensure you avoid the worst of both environments.
2. Work your windows
Windows are an inbuilt barrier to pollen in the home. As pollen counts are generally at their peak between 10am and 3pm, and during windy conditions, it’s advisable to keep windows closed at these times.
3. No shoes in the house
Embracing a no-shoes policy indoors and upgrading doormats will go a long way to keeping your home allergy free from dust. Make this a fuss-free process for guests and household members by placing shoe friendly baskets at all doors and ensuring ample doormats are present.
4. Cut the clutter
Clutter may as well be referred to as the King of dust magnets. The less clutter in your house, the easier it is to clean and the less dust you will have to battle on a daily basis.
5. Put the pets away
Pets in the bedrooms spell allergy disaster. Bedrooms are generally home to heavy, thick fabrics that can trap and hold onto allergens from pets as well as dust and a host of other things. Try and limit pets to areas with easy to wipe surfaces like living rooms with wooden floors and leather sofas. If you are not able to prevent your pets from entering the bedrooms, then consider investing in a pet vacuum cleaner specifically designed to tackle the cleaning challenges that come with pet ownership.
6. Wipe it down
After using the bath or shower, wipe down the area with a dry cloth so that as little water is left in the bathroom as possible. This will help to prevent mould growing in these often dump spaces.
Enjoy an allergy free-home and live your best life!
By Waithera Kirugo | Writer