Keep coats, jackets and shoes away from everything else. They have been outside, and therefore bring pollen, ragweed and any other number of allergens into your home. Keep them in a hall closet if possible. If you cannot do that, designate one location for those items so your exposure to allergens is limited.
To minimize dust in your environment, clean with microfiber cloths, mop heads, and other tools. Unlike cotton cloths, microfiber cleaning cloths have a slight electrostatic charge, that enables them to grab onto dust particles. Rather than being spread around the room, dust particles stick tight, maximizing your cleaning power.
Look for a solution. As a pet owner with animal allergies, you may find yourself miserable with symptoms but too devoted to banish your dog to the backyard. While it is impossible to entirely prevent a dog from shedding and producing dander, you do have options. Many have found that regularly taking pets to the groomer makes living with man’s best friend far more tolerable.
Use a microfiber cloth to dust. A feather duster simply pushes dust around and invariably, sends clouds of it into the air. That is bad news for anyone who suffers from allergies. Instead, use a microfiber cleaning cloth. These cloths have very small fibers which trap dust, getting it off of your furniture without sending it into the air or onto your carpet.
If your home is carpeted throughout, consider upgrading your vacuum cleaner. Ideally, your vacuum should feature one or more HEPA or small particle filters. These heavy-duty filters are far superior to older models that catch only some of the dust, dander and other allergens that lurk in your carpet or rugs.
Hanging your bed linens out on a clothesline may do more than just freshen them up. This may actually help reduce the allergens in them. Women in the olden days would smack them with brooms to get out the dust, and this is a good idea to practice on occasion. This helps to remove dust mites and allergens from the bedding. Feel free to take your allergy frustrations out on your bedding!
Bathrooms are a common source of mold, which can trigger itching and irritation in allergy sufferers. Running an overhead exhaust fan while taking a hot bath or shower reduces moisture in the air and helps to prevent the growth of mold. Wash bath mats and hand towels frequently with hot water.
Getting rid of carpeting in your home can help your allergies because carpeting often traps a lot of allergens. Check under your carpeting and you may find that you have beautiful hard wood floors hiding underneath. You may like the look better and it will be better for your health and your family’s health.
Protect your hair. If you have mid-length to long hair, you probably already know that spending time outdoors means coming back with pollen in your hair. Mold, spores and other allergens become trapped in your hair and may then come into contact with your pillow at night. If possible, tuck all of your hair into a hat whenever you go outside for longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
Sometimes we become allergic to plants, it’s a way of life and there’s nothing we can do about it. If you know you are allergic to plants yet still find yourself always smelling the roses then stop, you want to stay as allergic free as possible so don’t do anything that is going to trigger your allergies.
Hopefully, this article has opened your eyes to the many things you can do to take control over allergies and stop being a slave to their symptoms. With a little research and diligence, you should soon have more doors in life open to you that allergies were keeping closed. Enjoy!