Sick of Sneezing? Allergy-Proof Your Home

Sick of Sneezing? Allergy-Proof Your Home

Allergies are a curse but there are ways to limit your suffering. Whether you’re allergic to dust mites or mould, there are ways to make your home a sneeze and wheeze-free zone by making some changes to your daily living and home cleaning routines.
 
In order to breathe easy again, you’ll want to make sure your home is free of dust mites and the allergens they produce with their secretions and body parts. While it can be difficult to completely remove these microscopic creatures that feed on human skin scales, there are ways to reduce them and help minimise your allergies. Same goes for mould, which like dust mites thrives in hot and humid environments.
 
Follow the steps below to get rid of dust mites and allergy-proof your home to breathe easy once more.
 
Bedrooms
Wash bedsheets, pillowcases, quilt covers and mattress protectors in hot water or use a product specially formulated to kill dust mites in a cold water wash. Be sure to do this once a week.
 
You’ll also want to opt for washable quilts and pillows and give these a clean at least every couple of months. Alternatively, replace your pillow every six months. Remember, while leaving bedding in direct sunlight for a few hours will kill dust mites, it won’t remove the allergens they’ve produced, so be sure to wash and wash regularly.
 
Protect mattresses and pillows with allergen-proof covers and wash these with your other bed linen.
 
In children’s bedrooms, wash stuffed toys rather than just putting them in the freezer. Like sunlight, freezing will kill the dust mites but won’t remove the allergens.
 
Floors
Remove carpets, a breeding ground for allergens, and opt for washable rugs placed over timber or tiled floors instead. If you prefer carpet, opt for low pile over high pile and be sure to vacuum at least once a week with a high-powered cleaner, preferably a steam cleaner.
 
Bathroom
Get an extractor fan installed to prevent steam from building up. Clean the shower, bath and vanity weekly and wipe the shower down dry after each use to really keep mould at bay.
 
Kitchen
Turn the range hood on while you’re cooking to reduce moisture in the air, keep the sink area dry to prevent mould growth and clean the fridge regularly to keep it mould-free.
 
Curtains and blinds
Make sure any curtains you buy are washable and be sure to clean dust-gathering blinds regularly with a damp cloth. Remember, a feather duster will only move the dust off your blinds and onto something else.
 
Furniture
Opt for wood, leather, vinyl or plastic furniture that can be wiped clean on a weekly basis. Upholstered chairs, couches, beds and other common household items trap allergens, so if you have these around the home you might want to replace them or consider using a vapour steamer to keep them allergen-free.
 
Clutter
If you can reduce the amount of dust in your home, you can reduce the amount of dust mites and allergens present. Put books, magazines, ornaments and bric-a-brac in glass cabinets rather than open shelves which are dust magnets. Children’s toys and games can be stored in containers with lids along with any other looser items lying around the house.

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