With the season changing, people around the office have been mentioning their allergies. Even though the extended warm weather, green grass, and flowers are beautiful still in bloom, they can wreak havoc on a person’s allergies – especially for asthma sufferers. While it is harder to avoid allergens outdoors, there are steps you can take to help reduce them indoors.
- Bedding. Use pillow protectors and dust covers for your mattresses. Be sure to wash your blankets and bedding regularly (as shown in picture from marthastewart.com)
- Carpet. If removing your carpet or not having carpet isn’t possible, be sure to vacuum daily and shampoo occasionally.
- Dust. Try to keep clutter to a minimum to make it easier to dust often.
- Furniture. Leather couches will hold less allergen than your upholstered furniture.
- Air filters. Replace filters when needed and use HEPA filters.
- Ventilation. Make sure you have proper ventilation in your bathroom and kitchen to reduce moisture and ease cooking fumes.
- Regular cleaning. Be sure to keep kitchens, bathrooms, and basements free of dirt, grime, mold, and mildew. Warm, humid houses help breed dust mites and mold.
These are just a few helpful tips for reducing and removing aggravating allergens in your home. Check out the Mayo Clinic’s website for more advice for every room of your home.