For every person who spends winter counting down to spring, another unfortunate soul spends spring sneezing and counting down to summer — and the end of allergy season. While you can’t hibernate at home all season, you can lessen allergy symptoms by reducing the amount of allergens in your space. Whether it’s dust, pet dander, mold, or pollen, follow this checklist to allergy proof your home and breathe easy this spring.
Dust prevention. Dust is one of the most common triggers for allergies.
- Clear out clutter from shelves and corners. Dust loves knick knacks.
- Wash blankets, sheets, and pillowcases in warm water weekly and duvet covers once every other week. Use a mattress cover to prevent allergens.
- Switch out wall-to-wall carpet for throw rugs or hardwood floors. Vacuum weekly.
- Choose curtains and drapes with light, breathable fabrics, or avoid them entirely in favor of blinds.
- Dust blinds and vents regularly.
- Choose easy-to-clean furniture from material like wood, leather, or vinyl. Avoid upholstered items, which trap dust, dirt, and pet dander more easily.
Good ventilation. A well-ventilated house is key for easy breathing. Even if you can’t keep the windows open without sneezing, there are still ways to ensure good circulation throughout your home.
- Run an air filter to trap allergen particles. Just don’t forget to change them at the start of each season! Choose air conditioners, vacuums, and other appliances with HEPA filters.
- Keep humidity levels at home around 45-50%, a good middle ground to prevent mold, dust, and pollen.
Mold prevention. Mold loves moist environments, so pay special attention to areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
- Use exhaust fans (pointed away from the house) and dehumidifiers to keep bathrooms, basements, and kitchens as dry as possible.
- Spray shower curtains and bathroom tiles with mold and mildew prevention spray.
- Fix leaks quickly to prevent water buildup.
Pet allergies. No matter how cute your furry best friend is, your allergies will thank you if you keep pets from shedding free rein around the house.
- Bathe and brush pets regularly.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom (especially off the bed) and away from upholstered furniture.
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