Allergens are everywhere in your home. In fact, many homes have multiple types of allergens—usually more than 3—lurking in every crack and crevice. While you may be thinking that this surely isn’t the case for you, or it doesn’t affect you that badly, allergens can actually be harmful to your health and can trigger the smallest of asthma and allergy symptoms. Whether or not you believe allergens are a problem in your house, removing them is one way to ensure a happy, healthy home for you and your family.
Locate The Trigger(s)
Before you can remove any allergens, it’s important to know the main triggers that give you grief. There are actually different steps for removing different types of allergens. For example, if pet dander is the main cause then you want to consider not getting a pet, getting one that doesn’t shed a lot, or regularly grooming your current pet to reduce the amount of pet hair and dander.
Other possibilities for triggers are mold, dust, dirt and pollen. To know exactly which allergens are causing the pain, you can get an allergist to test you for allergies , or you may be able to tell based on when and where the flare up of your symptoms occurs. Once you have located the source, you can clean smarter to remove those allergens. And follow the tips below to better reduce and remove allergens from your home!
Ventilate Your House
Having a well-ventilated home can significantly reduce the amount of allergens and allergy triggers. If the humidity in your area isn’t severe, then open windows and turn on fans as much as you can. This allows allergens to be removed from the home naturally. If pollen is a major problem for you, then purchase a pollen-proof screen for your windows—this will trap the pollen from being caught inside of your home.
In the kitchen, when cooking, turn on exhaust fans to remove scents, smells and particles that could stir up symptoms. In the bathroom, turn on exhaust fans, especially right after a shower, in order to reduce the dampness which will reduce the possibility of mold and mildew. Ventilation, whether from fans, windows, or something else, will help keep your home clean and allergen-free!
Clean Filters Often
Air filters work really well to remove dust, dander, dirt and other unwanted particles from your home. But that doesn’t mean you can forget about cleaning and changing filters! If they get too piled up with dirt, their effectiveness will wear off and they’ll no longer be helping to clean your home’s air—something that you definitely do not want to happen! Most air filters can last anywhere from 4-6 months without being changed or cleaned (depending on the type of filter you have and the conditions of your home). However, if you have pets or someone in your household has bad allergies or asthma, you’ll want to clean the filters once a month. Also, if you keep the rest of your home pretty tidy and clean, then you’ll need to change your air filters less. Regardless of your situation, changing or cleaning your air filters often will help remove those pesky allergens from your home!
Use Green Cleaning Products
This one may surprise to you, but it makes sense: oftentimes normal store-bought products are full of chemicals and scents that can heavily trigger your worst allergy and asthma symptoms. And you’re using them everywhere in your home to clean it! Green products not only reduce the chemicals in the cleaning, but they’re also better on the environment and your home! Green cleaning products are actually designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. You can find many of these in the store or easily find recipes online for a DIY green product. Something as small as using green cleaning products in your home can make a big difference in reducing allergens!
Dust and Vacuum Often
Last, but certainly not least, is the classic cleaning task of dusting and vacuuming. Probably the most effective way to banish dust, dirt, pollen, dander and other allergens is to keep a clean home by regularly dusting and vacuuming. Both of these eliminate allergens from your home; however, when done together, they seriously remove lots of allergens. The key is to do them together, correctly and often. Always dust first before vacuuming, so that particles you knock to the ground can then be sucked up by the vacuum.
Also, when you dust, use a damp cloth, which helps trap the dust as opposed to simply dispersing it back into your home. Vacuum over the same area multiple times in various directions for the best clean. You should vacuum and dust at least once a week—with a quick vacuum during the week if needed. By dusting and vacuuming often, your home will be tidy, clean, healthy and—the best part of course— free of allergens!