Cleaning Tips,Healthy Living

How To Bust Dust, Pollen & Other Allergens In Your Home

1 Apr , 2021  

vacuuming

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!

Make Vacuuming A Religion

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.

Eliminate Unnecessary Clutter

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.

Purify The Air

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.

Wash Your Bedding Weekly

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.

Change A/C & Heating Filters

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.

Conclusion

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!

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Cleaning Tips,Confessions of a Happy Housewife

How to Clean the House with a Baby

26 Jan , 2017  

Mother holding a baby

5 principles to a stress-free tidy home when you are a new mum

I know, not another how-to-tip! We are inundated on a daily basis with advice from experts and pros. I’m no expert but I am a new mum, so I felt like sharing my experience with keeping the house clean and tending to the baby’s needs at the same time.

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Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips for Clearing Out Your Home This Season

28 Oct , 2016  

Now we’ve officially come out of the winter hibernation, the warmer weather is upon us and the spring beauty is finally here! Complete with a little sunshine, fresh air and some pumping tunes to make it (relatively) fun, it’s time to give your home a top-to-bottom buffing ready for those summer holidays. Spring cleaning is an essential part of a happy home. The season is a time of renewal; so why should deep cleaning your house be any different? More…

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Cleaning Products,Cleaning Tips,Green Cleaning Tips

DIY Wet Cleaning Wipes

10 Jan , 2014  

diy wet wipes

 

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you should already know that I hate cleaning. Maybe a little less now, than in the beginning, but I still quite dislike it, especially on a lazy Sunday. Anyway, ever since I discovered the disposable cleaning wet wipes, I was reborn. More…

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Cleaning Tips

How to Deal with Upholstery Stains

31 Oct , 2013  

Upholstery Cleaning Tips

 A lot of people like to have a rest on the sofa and have a snack in the same time, or sometimes your kids sit and play on it with muddy shoes. Stuff like that cause some really tough upholstery stains. They probably look quite horrible and are tough to clean. Well, that is not such a big problem. Here are some tips how to deal with upholstery stains.

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Cleaning Tips,Confessions of a Happy Housewife

5 Psychological Benefits From Cleaning

1 May , 2013  

cleaning

As the name of this blog suggests, I hate cleaning, however I had to clean once I got married, so I discovered a few benefits of cleaning, I wasn’t aware of before. Since then, I started to like it a lot more. Without further adieu, here is what I found about cleaning during the first year of my marriage.

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Cleaning Products,Cleaning Tips,Green Cleaning Tips

The Ultimate Carpet Cleaning Solution

17 Feb , 2013  

cleaning carpet with baking soda

Did you know that the air at home is 200% more polluted than the air outside? And I thought we had a problem with the nasty emissions of the cars, while it turns out that the problem is hiding in our cleaning solutions. Because of the harsh chemicals in cleaning solutions, air fresheners, washing liquids and other seamlessly helpful detergents, we breathe poisonous vapours. Another research supports this finding! Stay-at-home wives were 54% more likely to develop cancer, compared to those who work outside. For this reason, I am suggesting you turn to green and natural solutions that won’t trigger allergies, asthma, cancer or other health problems.

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Cleaning Tips

Before, During & After BBQ With Friends

28 Jan , 2013  

I hate cleaning, but love BBQ

We just had the busiest weekend of all! On the 26th of January we celebrated the Australian day during which we had friends over for a BBQ. Surprisingly enough we had some food and drinks left, therefore decided to get together same time same place the next day, in order to watch the Australian Open 2013’s Grand Finale. Believe me, I have never done so much cleaning in 48 hours as I did this weekend! Let me tell you all about it.  More…

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Beauty,Cleaning Tips,Healthy Living

My New Year’s Resolution: Stay Clean And Fit

15 Jan , 2013  

hate cleaning, but love keeping fit

How many of you have promised themselves to lose weight in 2013? How many of you want to be better housekeepers and want a cleaner and clutter free home in 2013? I wished for both and the best part is that both can be achieved in the same time. It turns out that domestic chores help you burn calories. You may try to run from cleaning, which will also burn some calories, but if you stick around you will find out how performing certain chores can help you achieve the desired figure.

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Cleaning Tips,Confessions of a Happy Housewife

How We Divided Our Household Chores

17 Dec , 2012  

I hate cleaning but we needed to divide the chores somehow

One of the questions that bother many couples is whether a messy and a neat person can live together and what would it be like. We know that love knows no limits and you have to make compromise for the sake of keeping the harmony in your relationship, but is that really achievable? I believe so! More…

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