Springtime is here, which means spring cleaning is too! With all the pollen in the air as the flowers bloom allergies can run wild. You can prepare your home for the allergy season of spring by following these tips.
Allergy-Proof Your Living Space
Protect your sleep spot. For a healthy home, keep pets out of your bedroom if you’re allergic. Use anti-allergy casings on your mattress and pillows. (Look for products made of woven fabric with a fabric pore size of 6 or fewer microns.)
Wash bedding weekly in hot water and dry in a hot dryer to kill dust mites.
Fight pests. Mice, rats, and cockroaches can also be sources of allergens, and you don’t want them in your healthy home.
Jay Portnoy, M.D., division director of allergy, asthma, and immunology at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., says that eliminating food and water sources for these pests can help reduce their population, but that you might need to hire a professional to get rid of these unwelcome visitors.
Ditch the dust. Keeping dust levels down reduces allergens. And a 2016 study found that household dust can contain particles such as flame retardants and phthalates, which have been linked to asthma and cancer.
Dust furniture and other hard and soft surfaces around your home often.
Mop hard floors and vacuum carpets regularly. Consumer Reports recommends that people with allergies or asthma use a vacuum with a high-efficiency filter.
You can also try an air purifier but be sure it’s powerful enough for the size of the room you plan to use it in.
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