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Home is where the heart is, and a safe haven that you can unwind in after a long and stressful day. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from allergies, this safe-haven can prove to be an incredibly irritating and uncomfortable environment to be in. If a runny nose, watery eyes and an attack of sneezes seem to be plaguing you, you’re definitely in the right place. Today, we will look at 5 of the best ways to bust the dust, pollen and other allergens in your home, so keep on reading to find out more!
By far, one of the best ways to eliminate as much dust, pollen and other allergens in your home, is to make vacuuming a religion. In other words, vacuuming should be something you do every other day or so and shouldn’t be treated as an option, but a necessity. The most effective vacuums for removing allergens from the home are the ones that come with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter as these filters are excellent at pulling in dust particles. Avoid vacuum cleaners that use standard paper bag filters as they often are the culprit of stirring up allergens back into the room. Whenever possible, you’ll want to dispose of your filter in order to ensure that allergens don’t fester in your cupboard or wherever you store your vacuum cleaner.
Most of us are guilty of holding on to things that we don’t even use and that ends up as piles and piles of clutter stored around the home. As much as clutter is unsightly, it is also the perfect breeding ground for dust, pollen and allergens that are sure to keep you sneezing all day long. To minimise the chances of dropping dust, we highly recommend de-cluttering and storing items in storage boxes that aren’t exposed to the air. This way, you won’t have to dust and clean so much and you’ll minimise the chances of dust settling on random objects all around the home.
Air purifiers are often seen as “woo-woo” items that don’t really serve a true purpose in any space. Sure – this may be the truth for those who aren’t sensitive to allergens, but if you’re someone who is susceptible to allergic reactions, an air purifier can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. In fact, a 2018 study found that using a HEPA air purifier in the home greatly improved allergy symptoms by reducing the concentration of dust mites, pollen and other particulate matter in the air.
Washing, drying and fitting those sheets on is an absolute chore and we’re pretty sure that most would agree with that statement. However, if you’re looking to keep your bedroom as allergen-free as possible, it is always recommended that you wash your bedding at least once a week. Bedding is a prime location for dust mites to live, excrete, reproduce and die, which in itself is enough to make your skin crawl but will also aggravate your allergies and reduce your overall quality of sleep.
If you frequently use your air conditioning unit or heating element in the home, then you’ll definitely want to create a regular schedule when it comes to cleaning or replacing your filters. Both these units regularly filter the air throughout your home and capture a ton of dust and dust mites in the process. If you don’t change them out regularly, you run the risk of re-introducing these pesky unwanted guests into your air. A general rule of thumb is to clean or replace your filters once every 90 days, although most experts recommend 45 days for maximum efficiency.
Although getting rid of dust, pollen, mites and other allergens entirely probably isn’t possible, by following the tips above, you’ll be able to minimise your symptoms and return your home to the calm and serene place that it should be. All the best!
Aren’t you lucky to be able to stay at home and tend to your children’s needs while being still in a position of contributing to the family budget? I feel this way, too. But it took me some time to truly appreciate the opportunity to work from home without compromising my idea of being a good mom at the same time. I had to fine tune my expectations in both endeavours, adjust goals, configure relationships with clients and reinvent the concept of time management to suit my family needs. As a result, I became more organised, fulfilled and happier. I manage now to complete whatever tasks I’ve set for myself for the day and still have free time to enjoy a half-an-hour chat with a friend, for instance.
Planning a children’s party is fun. Heck, planning a party at any age is fun! With endless themes to consider and cool, creative ideas to incorporate, the only limit is your imagination.
Inflatables have always been a big hit at children’s parties (adults love them too!) and bubble soccer ticks all the right boxes for hours of entertainment.
Bubble soccer is perfect for those kids who spend too much time in front of the TV and need a little push when it comes to outdoor fun. On the flip side, it’s fantastic for those youngsters that are loaded with energy.
I have always tried to live an environmentally conscious life and every year I do something special to celebrate Earth Day. Whether I take part in an organised event in Melbourne, go on a hike with friends or finish a long due design project at home by reusing some old materials, I just make sure that I mark the day in my own way.
Well, this year, it is my first Earth Day as a mum. And I feel a little bit restricted to just do anything I like to show my appreciation for Nature. Moreover, with rain forecast for tomorrow and for the week ahead, my choice of options seems rather limited. So, I have decided to bring Earth Day at home by drafting a list of the small things I could do to contribute to our environment.
Feel free to follow in my footsteps, you pretty Eco-minded mums!
They say home is where the heart is, so if that’s the case, shouldn’t we be putting as much investment into our personal space as we do to keep our hearts happy and healthy? Creating a home that makes you fall in love with it again and again, is one of the best ways to boost happiness in our lives. And it doesn’t need to cost a fortune either. Property upgrades, simple DIY projects and giving your space a little TLC all go a long way.
There is no better time than spring to turn our homes inside out, to clean the dirt, grime and dust and to re-insert order in our dwellings, lives and minds. The same applies to our bodies too. Just like we take rubbish out in spring, I believe this period is great for getting rid of the toxins in our bodies as well! Surely, the heavy wintry climate has seen quite a bit of those building up in your system and now would be a great time to revise your work out routine and meal plans. Is there anything that needs a quick clean up? More…
Lately we have been hearing the same thing over and over again from our friends, colleagues and family:”We understand that being green is important for our environment and our future generations, but it is harder and more expensive” To this we say “No! It really is EASY being green” From the kitchen and bathroom right through to the garden, you will be highly delighted with our top 7 easy (and super frugal) ways to go green. More…