It’s that time of year again when allergies are high due to all the pollen, dust, and mold are upon us. I don’t know about you, but for me, this season sucks, and I hate it! I think this is another reason I favor the winter, fewer bugs, less pollen, and other allergens.
What are Allergies?
Allergies are an immune system response to a foreign substance that isn’t typically harmful to your body. These foreign substances are allergens. They can include pollen, certain foods, or pet dander. Your immune system’s job is to keep you healthy by fighting these harmful pathogens.
We are exposed to allergies every day we breathe, so it’s essential to have allergy prevention in place; this is especially true if you have family members prone to allergic reactions. Have you been sneezing a lot lately? Yup, thanks to pollen!
Just because it’s allergy season, don’t avoid the outdoors; you still need that vitamin D after all.
15 Ways to allergy-proof your home:
- Do a weekly cleaning. It can be hard to find a time when you’re busy, but in the long run, you’ll be thankful you did. I try to take an hour or two on Sunday to get this done; even when I don’t feel like it, I grab the bleach and get to work.
- Use a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter throughout your house.
- Bathe your pet regularly. Getting rid of that pet dander will make your nose happy.
- Don’t keep the windows open, and if you do not, for too long – imagine seeing that huge yellow cloud of pollen dust covering everything in your room and across your house.
- This brings me to my next point, make sure to dust. Dusting helps get up all the pollen and allergens that have accumulated.
- If you have a house plant, you can cover the soil with aquarium stones to help control mold.
- Clean bedding regularly – I clean my bedding every two weeks, whether it’s winter, spring, fall, or summer. I like knowing my sheets are clean, dust-free, and smell good for me to bask in their presence. Doing so is a great way to keep debris, dirt, and allergens off the bed and away from where you sleep. Mold, in particular, is often found in pillows and mattresses and releases spores that may trigger asthma symptoms.
- Keep windows closed and use the air conditioner. Fans only stir up dust.
- Cover your box spring and mattress with an allergen-proof fabric cover.
- Keep the house dry – this will help prevent mold. Also, don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine (I’m horrible for this myself).
- Clean up your clutter – get rid of old newspapers, magazines, and clothes. Go ahead and find a place for that too. That’ll also help you stay organized; look at that a twofer!
- Wash your walls regularly – this sounds like a weird one but think about it, everything that goes on in your house is between those walls. They see (and pick up) everything.
- Wipe your pipes – look under your sinks in the kitchen, bathrooms, basement, and garage. Take a wet microfiber cloth and wipe the mold that might be lurking on those pipes. These don’t usually place you’d think to look. I didn’t anyway.
- Deep clean the mudroom – this is where you take your shoes and hang your jacket up. While you’ve been out silently battling that pesky ragweed, it’s been attaching itself to your clothes.
- Clean toys and stuffed animals – by putting them in a ziplock bag and sticking them in the freezer overnight once a week to kill off dust mites. Store the kids’ toys and stuffed animals in bins to help with clutter too.
Allergy sufferers find fall is the most challenging season due to two major sources: mold and ragweed pollen. Ragweed can continue to be a problem in September and October and can be carried hundreds of miles by the wind. A single ragweed plant can produce up to one billion grains of pollen per season! How crazy is that?! Calm down, overachieving plant!
I hope these tips will help you with your allergies this season and throughout. If you found this post helpful, please feel free to share it with your friends.