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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!