Spring is the best season to tackle your cleaning. And that also includes tackling allergies! Allergens love to lurk in your house and make your allergy symptoms worse. So, here’s our list of ten tips to fight back!
1. Know Your Triggers!
If you don’t know your triggers you won’t know how to properly fight them. There is a difference between indoor and outdoor allergens and therefore a difference in how you combat them. Indoor allergens such as pet hair, mold, and dust, sometimes require a few opened windows. A simple airing out of your house can do wonders! However, keep those windows shut at all costs when fighting outdoor allergens. If you don’t exactly know what your triggers are, here are some common factors:
Tree, grass, and weed pollen
Cockroaches & Mold Spores
2. Get rid of any Standing Water Source
This is a big one if you have mold allergies. A source of standing water is a great breeding ground for bacteria and mold! Double-check your house for leaks and other sources of standing water.
3. Trap Dust
Don’t just move the dust around. In order to effectively fight back against allergies, you need to trap it. Typical dusters push dust into the air and circulate it around the house. Try using a damp cloth or paper towel instead.
4. Remove Dust from Every Surface
It sounds intimidating, but dust builds up in places you don’t always think about. Some of the most common places are window sills and frames, ceiling fans, and door frames.
5. Avoid Strong, Scented Chemicals
These can often make your allergies worse. Instead of harsh chemicals, try more natural cleaners such as baking soda or vinegar.
6. Keep your House Cool and Dry
The goal is to keep your house near 50% humidity. If you do this your home will be less of a haven for mold spores and dust mites.
7. Replace/Wash the Shower Curtains
Any mold that lives in your shower or bathroom can trigger your allergies. Warmer months can make this much worse! Look at the tag on your shower curtain and throw it in the wash if it’s appropriate. Try your best to lessen the amount of moisture and humidity in your bathroom.
8. Eliminate Trapped Allergens
Your home has natural air filters! Rugs, carpet, and furniture all trap allergens over time. Consequently, they require a thorough cleaning every once in awhile. The goal is to have a professional cleaning at least once every 6 months. Don’t know where to start? Click here to find your local Chem-Dry!
9. Wash Bed Sheets Frequently
It’s recommended that you clean your bed linens a minimum of once every 1-2 weeks. The brutal truth is your bed sheets can collect dead skin, dust, and other things that trigger allergies and create a perfect environment for dust mites. If you notice that nighttime is worse for your allergies, getting your mattress and pillows cleaned could be the answer.
10. Replace HVAC Filters Routinely
Don’t forget to change your filter at least once every 6-12 months. If your allergies are severe, it is a good idea to change them every 90 days. Remember to check your MERV rating and confirm that it is set properly. Most homes use filters at a rating of 7-12. However, a higher MERV rating doesn’t always mean it’s better. Too high of a rating can reduce airflow and result in making things worse. It’s a good idea to do some personal research of your own system in order to find the best rating for your home.