Allergy Proof Your Home
Allergy Proof Your Home in 5 Easy Steps
Of course you can never fully get rid of the allergens in your home, but by using these tips you will drastically cut down on the amount of dust, mold, and pollen in your home. Spring can be a gloomy time for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, use these 5 tips to help yourself, and your family live and breathe easier!
Remove the Clutter
Clean up your homes clutter! Spring cleaning is real, and should be a must do on your list, the less stuff in your home, the fewer spots allergens have to hang on to. It will be equally as important to do this, as your weekly cleaning will be way easier with less junk lying around! Toss your old rags, magazines, donate old clothes, and recycle any other items you can. Try to cut down on the amount of knickknacks and other dust collectors that you don’t use or don’t necessarily need to be displayed. Most importantly, bedrooms should be decluttered and thoroughly cleaned as you most likely spend more time there than other areas of your home.
Clean the Air
Maintaining a well-ventilated home and keeping your ductwork free of leaks is the first line of defense against allergens. Use a HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filter in your homes air conditioning system. Make sure the humidity level in your home is somewhere around 50% at all times, remember mold grows from moisture, while dust and pollen are easily stirred in dry air. On high pollen count days, keep your windows closed, usually from 10 am to 3 pm pollen will travel in higher amounts into your home. Pollen and mold spores also commonly settle on clothing, so when you’ve come in from outdoors try to remove your shoes, and jacket before stepping fully into the home.
Keep the Kitchen Clean
Keeping your kitchen clean is very important as it’s a focal point of your home, between preparing food, storing, and just generally living. Regularly check under your sink for any leaks, mold will grow in any damp areas so be sure to fix any issues you find immediately. Regularly clean the walls, counters, and appliances with nontoxic cleaner.
Reduce Dust Generators
Carpeting and fabric furniture can contribute to creating dust in your home, you may want to consider pinching curtains, removing carpeting, and regularly cleaning upholstered furniture in the bedrooms and living room. If you want to keep some kid of rugs in your home, washable throw rugs are your best bet. Mop regularly and clean the walls and other surfaces of your home. If you must have carpeting, make it short, and vacuum weekly using a vacuum with an HEPA air filter.
When designing your homes landscape, make smart decisions before planting your garden. Yellow, sticky pollen that bees carry from plant to plant rarely cause allergy reactions, so don’t be discouraged when choosing floral arrangements for your front porch. Low allergy flowers include impatiens, hosta, scabiosa, viola, columbine, and astilbe’s. You should avoid planing trees such as maple, birch, and ash.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful when trying to eliminate some of the pollen, mold, and dust in your home. Don’t let spring be a time that causes you aggravation, by completing these tasks and maintaining a well kept, and clean home you and your family can enjoy spring once again! Remember if you’re doing any remodeling or spring clean out and have a ton of waste, call us at Waste Solutions 123 for a dumpster rental! Call today for a free quote and get started on your spring cleaning!