Sniffling nose and teary eyes are no fun to have in the house. With allergies costing the South African economy more than a billion per annum, it can be very useful to know a few things about reducing allergens in your home.
The good news is that it is quite easy to reduce these allergens. With a few preventative measures, your home will no longer let your family suffer from regular sneezing and coughing. Here are our best tips for reducing allergens in your home.
Stop Sniffles In Their Tracks
Allergens can come in the form of dust, mould, animal dander and more. If you regularly and actively clean the hot spots for these allergens, you are well on the road to a safer home.
When you dust
The best way to get rid of dust is to use a damp terry cloth to wipe down your surfaces. Using a feather duster simply moves the dust from one space to another, leaving it to float in the air for some time before settling in their new spots. Important places to remember cleaning include the blades of all your ceiling fans and on top of fridges, microwaves and raised cabinets.
Use a mixture of hot soapy water and baking soda to spray on areas where mould tends to build up. Follow this with a liberal spray of white vinegar and water mix, allowing it to dry before scrubbing it all away. Mould tends to build up in showers where there are no windows and the water does not dry properly after use.
If possible, install an air conditioning unit to keep your home cool. Open windows allow dust to travel through the house and can allow outside humidity inside, which also promotes the growth of mould. Keep air filters clean or replace them according to the unit’s manual recommendations.
Carpets are a great place for pet dander and dust mites to gather. We recommend that you consider replacing your carpets with hardwood flooring or similar that can be easily cleaned at any time. Alternatively, invest in a good vacuum cleaner with high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filter that catches even the smallest particles of dust.
Replace your curtains
Curtains are a great place to catch floating dust and pollen. Replace them with blinds or similar window coverings that can be easily wiped clean. Alternatively, try to regularly wash your curtains to keep them clean and fresh.
Pets on any of your furniture are not great for reducing allergens. Regularly vacuum upholstered furniture and wash bedding to keep a check on the dander. You may also consider switching upholstered furniture with leather or synthetic coverings to keep them clean without too much hassle.
Cover all your pillows and mattresses with dust-mite-proof covers. Wash your bedding at least once a week. It is recommended that you replace your mattress every eight years or so. Consult with the manufacturer when this is advisable.
The chemicals found in some cleaning solutions can aggravate certain allergic reactions. It generally lessens the quality of the air in your home. Instead, make your own natural home cleaning solutions that do the job just as well and leaves your home smelling fresh and clean.
With these easy preventative measures, you minimize the massive impact on the number of allergens that abound around your home. Stop sniffles, sneezes and itchy eyes before they even start.
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