Spring can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Here
are five simple things you can do to cut down on
dust, mold and pollen.
Clean up clutter. The less stuff in your house, the fewer
places for allergens to hang out. And, just as important,
the easier it will be to clean thoroughly once a week.
Get rid of old rags, newspapers, clothes and other porous items.
Limit knickknacks, magazines, and other dust catchers that you
don’t use or enjoy.
Focus on bedrooms especially, because you and allergens both
spend more time there.
Clean the Air
Making your home inhospitable for allergens sounds like a
daunting task. In a particulate sense, it’s going to be you
against millions of mold spores, dust mites and pollen.
Fortunately, though, you’re smarter than these minute
microbes, and following these tips can help you keep
allergies at bay.
A well-ventilated house and nonleaking ductwork is a first line
of defense against bringing allergens into your living space.
Use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in the air
Maintain the humidity level in the house at about 50 percent.
Mold likes moisture, and dust and pollen are easily stirred in
Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest: in the
early morning hours, between 10 am and 3 pm, and in windy
Pollen and mold spores settle on clothing, so when you come in
from outdoors, remove your outer garments in the mud room, and
take a shower.
Clean the Cleaning Room
Your bathroom is for mold what your bedroom is for dust
mites — heaven at home.
Inspect water pipes for leaks and fix.
Regularly clean walls with a nontoxic cleaner.
Make sure that ventilation fans are routed to the outside, and
run them for 30 minutes after a shower or bath.
Scrub away mold on pipes and fixtures.
Reduce Dust Generators
Fabrics and carpeting generate help create dust by the
breaking down of fibers. Consider pitching curtains,
high-pile carpeting and upholstered furniture in the
bedroom: all cozy accommodations for allergens.
Best bet: washable throw rugs over wood, linoleum or tiled
Damp mop regularly, and clean walls and other surfaces.
If you must have carpeting, make it short, tight pile and vacuum
weekly with a cleaner that has a small-particle or
high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Make smart selections for the landscape. The yellow, sticky
pollen that bees carry from plant to plant rarely causes
allergic reactions. It’s the fine, lightweight particles
that are blown about by wind that trigger discomfort.
Avoid adding allergenic trees like maple (male), birch and ash
(male) to the landscape. Instead, choose low-allergy trees like
dogwood, double-flowered cherry and magnolia. Female ash and
female maple trees are considered low-allergy, too, but buy from
a reliable nursery source to be sure of the tree’s gender.
Low-allergy flowers include astilbe, impatiens, hosta, scabiosa,
columbine and viola. source: diynetwork.com
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