Many people relax in their bedrooms or favourite spaces after a long day or on weekends. However, sometimes we experience dizziness, watery eyes, nasal congestion, and tiredness without realizing that these annoying symptoms may be due to allergens in our homes. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to serious health issues, especially for people with lung problems.
So, if your symptoms only happen indoors, it’s time to make your home allergy-friendly. Here’s a guide to help you identify and remove these allergens with simple, affordable fixes that won’t stress you out.
Let Fresh Air In
Bringing fresh, oxygen-rich air into your bedrooms and other home parts can reduce carbon dioxide. Open your windows briefly once or twice daily to let in fresh air. Fresh air helps purify your whole house, keeps you alert, and prevents fatigue, hangovers, and low energy.
Regularly vacuum and mop your floors and area rugs, and change your vacuum cleaner filter every three to four months. Use a clean microfiber cloth with diluted vinegar to clean your furniture, appliances, and equipment. Dust blinds, curtains, and surfaces you use often. Dusting at least three times a week prevents the buildup of bacteria, chemicals, mites, and particles. Remember to wear a mask while dusting.
Mind Your Pets
We love sharing our homes with our pets, but if you have severe allergies, you may need to make some adjustments. Pet dander can spread and increase allergens that stick to fabrics or float around your house. You can reduce this by bathing your pets and keeping them clean. Don’t allow pets to sleep on your beds, sofas, or sheets to reduce allergens further.
Upgrade Your Plants
If you’re experiencing a dry throat, sneezing, or coughing, it could be due to the soil or leaves of your indoor plants. Some plants can develop mold-type spores if their soil isn’t properly cared for. You may need to change the soil and clean the plant pots occasionally. Also, ensure your plants have good ventilation, proper lighting, and enough growing space.
When choosing house plants, choose low-maintenance options like succulents and snake plants. These plants can help eliminate insects, flies, and toxins.
Use Hypoallergenic Bedding
Materials like memory foam, latex, or down alternatives don’t allow dust mites, termites, or mould to thrive. Some mattress covers, called encasements, are made of tightly woven fabrics that block allergens from entering your mattress. Hypoallergenic bedding like sheets, comforters, and duvets are less likely to harbour allergens. Cotton and bamboo sheets are breathable and less likely to retain moisture, which can promote allergen growth. Synthetic materials like microfiber and polyester are good options, as they’re less likely to trigger allergies than natural materials like wool.
Try Microfiber Cloths
Microfiber cloths have tiny synthetic fibres, making them excellent at capturing and holding dust, dirt, and other allergens. They’re more absorbent than traditional cleaning cloths and can hold more water and cleaning solution. Plus, they’re durable and reusable, making them cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Invest In Natural Fireplaces
Consider using a natural fireplace in your home for heat efficiency and to avoid congestion and pollution hazards. Some natural fireplaces are easy to maintain, comfortable, and affordable. However, research shows that using wood-burning fireplaces or stoves for extended periods can produce creosote, smoke, soot, and gas residue.
Many cleaning agents contain harmful ingredients that can trigger allergies in sensitive individuals due to the fumes they release. Remove all toxic cleaning chemicals from your home, including pesticides and air fresheners. These substances can contribute to illnesses and pose risks to household members through exposure.
Dispose of Garbage
Leaving leftovers, dirty dishes, and contaminated food can attract pests that spread germs throughout your home. Establish a regular cleaning routine: take out the garbage daily, clean countertops and floors, and wipe up any residues.
The bottom line is eliminating allergens from your home is a form of self-care. You deserve to live in a clean, purified environment where you can breathe easily, maintain good health, and enhance your quality of life.
Jennifer Williams | Editor-in-Chief