How to Make Your Home Allergy-Free

Allergy- free home

For people with allergies, pollen, mold, dust, and other allergens might seem inevitable. Take a few actions to limit allergens in your house if you have seasonal hay fever or allergic asthma symptoms. Cleaning your home frequently might help eliminate numerous allergy triggers and lessen your symptoms. Knowing certain cleaning tricks is useful. Common errors like washing carpets or using cleansers with strong scents may worsen rather than improve your seasonal allergies. Here are some tips for maintaining a spotless home and managing your allergies.

How to have an allergy free home

Bedroom

Bed and Linens

Dust-mite-resistant coverings should be used for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. At least once a week, wash blankets, pillows, and sheets in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 C). Cover, wash, or remove comforters. Use synthetic materials in place of bedding made of wool or feathers.

Floors

Use washable area rugs and hardwood or linoleum instead of carpeting. If that isn’t an option, choose low-pile carpets rather than high-pile carpeting, and vacuum once per week using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Regularly shampoo the carpet.

Blinds and Curtains

Use basic cotton or synthetic curtains that can be washed. Remove horizontal blinds and replace them with washable roller shades.

Windows

During pollen season, keep windows closed and lean on air conditioning. Clean the window sills and frames of any mold or dampness. If you reside in a cold climate, invest in double-paned windows.

Furniture

Pick nightstands, chairs, and dressers made of wood, leather, metal, or plastic that are simple to clean. Refrain using upholstered furniture.

Clutter

Get rid of clutter like books, magazines, knickknacks, and decorations for the table. Put plush animals, games, and toys for kids in plastic storage containers.

Pets

Keeping animals outside of the bedroom is the least you can do if you can’t get a new place for your dog, cat, or other furry friends. The volume of the allergen from the dander that pets shed may be decreased by bathing them at least once a week.

Air Filters

Select an air filter with a HEPA or small-particle filter. Try repositioning the air filter to ensure that while you sleep, it blows fresh air in your direction.

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Living Room

Floors

Use washable area rugs and hardwood or linoleum instead of carpeting. If that isn’t an option, choose low-pile carpets rather than high-pile carpeting, and vacuum once per week using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Weekly floor mat and area rug cleaning is recommended, as well as yearly carpet shampooing.

Furniture

Think about replacing upholstered couches and chairs with wood, metal, or plastic furniture.

Blinds and Curtains

Use basic cotton or synthetic drapes that can be washed. Remove horizontal blinds and replace them with washable roller shades.

Windows

During pollen season, keep windows closed and rely on air conditioning. Clean the window sills and frames of any mold or dampness. If you reside in a chilly climate, invest in double-paned windows.

Plants

To help control mold, move any potted plants or cover the soil with aquarium gravel.

Pets

Consider keeping your dog or cat outside if the weather is suitable if you can’t find them a new place.

Fireplace

Avoid using fireplaces or stoves that burn wood because the smoke and gases they produce might make respiratory allergies worse. The majority of gas fireplaces won’t have this issue.

Living Room

Kitchen

Stove

Install and utilize a ventilated exhaust fan to get rid of odors from cooking and lessen dampness. Most stove-top hoods don’t vent outside; they just filter cooking odors.

Sink

Wash dishes every day or if possible, after a meal. To get rid of food residue and mold, scrub the faucets and sink.

Refrigerator

Eliminate excess moisture to prevent mold build-up. Discard food that is moldy or expired. Replace or clean the moldy rubber door seals, and regularly clear and clean the drip pan.

Cabinets and Counters

Use soap and water to scrub counters and cabinets. Plumbing leaks should be checked in under-sink cabinets. Food should be kept in airtight containers, especially pet food.

Food Waste

Put trash in a container with an insect-resistant top, and empty it every day. The chances that you’ll attract rodents or cockroaches will be decreased if the kitchen is kept clean of food scraps.

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Bathroom

Ventilation

To lessen moisture when taking showers or baths, install and utilize an exhaust fan.

Floors

Scrub the tiles and grout weekly and if possible, dry the floors every after use to prevent mold growth.

Walls

Remove the wallpaper and put it in tile, or use mold-resistant enamel paint to paint the walls. Include your bathroom walls when cleaning your bathroom.

Bathtub and Shower

After usage, towel-dry the enclosure and bathtub. Use bleach to remove mold from the shower, bathtub, and faucets. Moldy bathmats and shower curtains should be cleaned or replaced.

Toilet Bowl and Sink

Clean your toilet bowl and sink regularly. Eliminate mold from the plumbing. Repair any leaks.

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Basement

Floors

Moldy or water-damaged carpet should be removed. Use linoleum, vinyl, or concrete flooring if at all feasible.

Furniture

Think about replacing upholstered couches and chairs with wood, metal, or plastic furniture.

Windows and Stairway

Clean your window glass and sill at least every month. Sweep the stairwell regularly. Look for and fix any leaks or water damage sources.

Air

To lessen moisture, use a dehumidifier and clean it once each week.

Storage

Put clothing and valuables in plastic storage containers.

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Whole House

Humidity and Temperature

Dust mites and mold thrive in hot, humid environments. Relative humidity of no more than 50% should be maintained together with a temperature range of 68 F (20 C) to 72 F (22 C). At least once a month, room air conditioners and central heating and cooling systems should clean or replace their tiny particle filters.

Pests

Use cheap hardware store traps to get rid of mice and cockroaches. Hire a qualified exterminator if that is ineffective. Vacuum carpeting thoroughly and wipe hard surfaces to eliminate bugs and mouse dander that can cause allergies. Seal any cracks or other potential entryways to avoid a re-infestation.

Mold and Mildew

During warm weather, use dehumidifiers and air conditioning, and shut the doors and windows. Take out tainted carpets and other non-washable items. When removing mold, use a protective mask and a solution of 5 percent chlorine bleach to clean washable materials. Inspect the ceilings and roof for water leaks.

Cleaning Schedule

Vacuum carpets, damp mop wood, and linoleum floors. Use a vacuum with a HEPA or small-particle filter to capture airborne particles. Other surfaces, such as the tops of doors, windowsills, and window frames, can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Wear a dust mask if you have allergies, or ask someone else to do this task for you. Use a cleaning schedule checklist to help you organize your cleaning tasks.

Smoking

Never allow anyone to smoke inside your home.

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