Since May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month I thought it would be a great time to talk about the different ways to reduce allergens in our homes.
Many thanks to Bona for sponsoring today’s post and helping me to have an allergy-free home. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
1. Replace carpet with hardwood floors
The Mayo Clinic recommends replacing carpeted floors with hard surfaces to improve indoor air quality. Hardwood floors don’t trap allergens the way carpets and softer surfaces can, which makes them better choices when trying to reduce allergens.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option so vacuuming 1-2 times a week and shampooing your carpet regularly can also help in reducing allergens.
2. Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner is the perfect choice for a healthier home. It removes 93.33% of allergens from hard surfaces, and has passed the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America’s rigorous testing to achieve certification. It’s also non-toxic, free of dyes and scents, cleans effectively, and is hypoallergenic.
3. Regularly bathe pets
If you’re able to have pets in your home, it’s a good idea to bathe them frequently. They can carry allergens on their skin and fur, and regular bathing helps to keep these contaminants at a minimum.
Having plants indoors can serve a few different purposes. It can help to bring the outdoors inside and add interesting decor, but some plants can also help to purify the air. This is a great natural, easy way to keep the air clean.
5. Change Air Filter
Furnaces with dirty filters are recirculating that dirty air through our homes. Regularly changing your home’s air filter helps to keep your air clean and your furnace in tip top shape.
6. Regularly wash linens
Washing your bed linens once a week is highly recommended. If you’ve ever seen one of those tv specials about how quickly our linens can become dirty you’ll know why. It’s amazing how much dust and dirt can end up on our sheets so washing them regularly is important for keeping a clean, allergen-free home.
7. Use allergy-free items
Using allergy-free pillows and pillowcases or dust-mite proof covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs is highly recommended when trying to keep an allergen-free home.
8. Clean, uncluttered surfaces
Cluttered surfaces also tend to be dusty. Keeping surfaces clean, uncluttered, and regularly dusted are must-dos for reducing or eliminating allergens.
9. Reduce humidity
Reducing the humidity in your home helps to decrease dust mite and mold growth. As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s much better to avoid the growth of allergy-inducing culprits than to have to worry about cleaning it all up down the road.
10. Keep windows and doors closed
As tempted as it can be to let fresh air in after a long winter, it may be best to keep doors and windows closed if you’re particularly sensitive to pollen, grasses, or other outdoor allergens.
Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies? What are your favorite tips for dealing with them?