How To Get An Allergy-Free Home
Isn’t it bad enough to be sniffling and sneezing in the great outdoors? When we enter our homes it should be a sanctuary, offering relief from the allergens in the outside world. Unfortunately, for most Americans that’s not the case. From dust mites in our pillows to the toxic chemicals in wall-to-wall carpeting, our homes are far from comfort zones, especially if you have allergies.
Although the following tips may not rid your house or apartment of all possible allergens, they will certainly get you closer. Here’s how to do it room-by-room:
Bedroom Instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, opt for hardwood floors or 100 percent cotton throw rugs (with a rug pad underneath to avoid slipping). Dust dressers daily with a damp cloth. Nix blinds and long heavy drapes, and choose curtains that can be laundered frequently. Get rid of knickknacks that collect dust. A few carefully chosen framed photographs are a good decorating option. Wash sheets and pillows weekly in hot/warm water and tumble dry. Wash blankets, comforters, and mattress pads monthly, and don’t use down pillows and bedding. To reduce dust and allergens, vacuum both sides of your mattress for at least two minutes twice monthly or use plastic covers for mattress and box springs. Sorry, but pets should be kept off the bed and probably out of the room.