If you happen to be someone who suffers from allergies, then the last place you want to go that will stir up your symptoms is your own house. Yet, did you know that indoor air pollution is actually 2-5 times higher than outdoor pollution? This means that the dust, debris and dander that are inside of the rooms of your home has a greater chance of aggravating your allergies far more than the pollen outside would.
This is why it’s important to do all that you can to keep your home allergen-free, and in the course of just a few minutes, we are going to provide you with five household tips to help you to survive allergy season below:
Dust and vacuum twice a week. Although there are a lot of us who make a point to dust simply because we don’t like seeing a layer of film on our televisions, bookshelves and appliances, the reality is that if you don’t clean up the dust your home, it could definitely trigger your allergy symptoms. That’s because dust is known to carry tiny particles of dirt, mold and even pest droppings. So, make sure to dust at least twice a week and when you’re getting dust off of your surfaces, to use a damp rag (so that the dust doesn’t fly around). Also, since dust also collects on carpet fibers, it’s important to vacuum at least twice a week too.
Use homemade cleaning products. There are some people who keep their homes immaculate but they still find themselves having watery eyes and doing a lot of sneezing. The reason is due to the kind of cleaning products that they use; commercial ones tend to have lots of chemicals and toxins in them. That’s why we recommend that you make your own out of baking soda, olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. For a list of household cleaning recipes, go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade cleaning recipes” in the search field.
Take a shower after you clean. While you’re in the process of cleaning, you’re going to end up getting some of the dirt and dust on your body (even if you use gloves). So, after you finish cleaning up, make sure to take a warm shower. That’s the best way to get all of the residue off of you.
Get your HVAC unit professionally serviced. Most of us cannot imagine what our lives would be like without our HVAC unit. That’s because it helps to keep our homes at a comfortable temperature all year long. However, when our filters or air ducts are clogged, that can result in us breathing all kinds of indoor pollution. Although you can easily change your filters on your own (preferably every 60-90 days), it’s still important that you have a professional technician come and inspect your unit on an annual basis too. If you’re wondering why you should only trust an HVAC company that’s licensed it’s because a licensed company has proof that they are skilled to test and if need be, repair your unit.
Add plants to your home. Did you know that there are plants that are scientifically proven to clean toxins out of the air? Some of our personal favorites are Spider plants, Peace lilies and Gerber Daises. All of these can beautify the rooms in your house while helping you to survive allergy season too.