Dust and Dander: How Do You Create an Allergen-free Home?
For allergy sufferers, it can be tricky to know what sets you off. But having an allergen-free home is the first step to living without itches and sniffles. Where does all the dust even comes from? Sometimes it seems no matter how much you wipe and clean endlessly, there’s still more dust. Perhaps, these tips will help you create an allergen-free home.
By taking the following steps in this guide, you’ll be changing to dust-mite proof bed covers or painting your bathroom walls with mold-resistant paint, and you can reduce and hopefully eliminate some of these irritating allergy triggers! Get started for a clean and healthy living space.
Create an Allergen-free Home
It can be overwhelming to get rid of dust entirely, but small steps can make a change.
Focus on your sleeping area
We spend a lot of our time in bed, not only sleeping, but scrolling through our phones after a tiring day at work, or lying down and sipping a cup of tea on the weekend. In this process, we often sweat and naturally shed skin onto our beds. Dust-mites form in places where it’s warm and their droppings will trigger allergies.
The easiest way out is to encase your mattresses and pillows in dust-mite-proof covers. Also, as comfortable as wool and feathery beds feel, they are prone to catch more dust, giving you more sneezing and itching. Replace them with synthetic fibers. Also, if you own any pets, keep them away from the bedroom.
You can consider some non-allergenic bed essentials here.
Watch where you walk
Carpeting the entire house is notably great for winter and keeping your feet warm, but it asks for high maintenance. If not vacuumed regularly, carpeted homes can trigger your allergies. There are two ways to avoid that; you can replace carpets with hardwood or linoleum floors. Place smaller washable area rugs if you must. On the other hand, you can choose low-pile carpeting, which can avoid the dust-mites forming their new cozy area.
Notice your surroundings
The time-consuming task of cleaning applies to window curtains and blinds as well. Instead, choose a cotton or synthetic fabric that can be washed. Alternatively, you can entirely switch to washable roller-type shades.
Make Smart Furnishing Choices
Now, that three of the most susceptible areas are handled, it’s time to give up some comfort for a little more hygiene. Dust is more likely to gather in the paddings and leather covers of upholstered furniture. Choose simple chairs or dressers made of wood, metal or plastic so that you can give it a quick wipe every now and then.
Other than dust, it’s best to take care of mold too before it forms and causes other menaces.
For your bathroom, it’s best to install tile or paint the walls with mold-resistant paint. Take down the wallpaper and replace any moldy shower curtains or carpets immediately. In a high moisture area, it’s essential to keep the bathroom clean and dry by washing down all faucets, the shower and bathtub with bleach and moping down excess water regularly.
Rethink Your Greenery Picks
If you own any potted plants around your home, it’s best to keep the soil on the dry side and keep in mind not to overwater them, to prevent mold growth. If you already see mold forming, spreading aquarium gravel will do the job to contain it. Keeping plants in direct sunlight will be better for some plants. If that’s not possible, find a new home for your potted plants. As that’s when the mold starts to gather on the surface.