There are many types of indoor allergens that can be found in our homes. The most common include dust, dust mite droppings, mould and mildew, pet dander, pollens and even spores from the outdoor mould can make its way into our houses. They can trigger allergic reactions, asthma spells or eczema flare-ups. And tend to affect the eyes and nasal passages causing unpleasant side effects.
The side effects usually include a stuffy head, streaming or itchy eyes, and a scratchy or sore throat. Although there is medication to help with these ailments, the best way is to remove the indoor allergens.
So, what are the best ways to remove home allergens?
Vacuuming is definitely a good idea to reduce indoor allergens. To make it extra effective you should follow these recommendations:
- Focus on areas that accumulate the most dust.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. It will filter out even the smallest particles.
- Allergy sufferers are advised to steam-clean rugs and carpets to ensure the removal of mites.
It is important to deal with all common pests and not only focus on mites. Cockroach droppings, for example, are known to trigger allergies.
Since chemicals are not recommended to keep a clean indoor air, the best alternative is to turn towards more natural options.
A smart way to keep roaches and rodents away is by keeping all your food stored in tightly-sealed containers and making sure you remove any food waste frequently.
Another great idea is to put bay leaves around the areas frequented by roaches. The scent should keep them away from your house.
Dust mites crave the dead skin cells you leave on your mattress and bed sheets. To deal with them you should wash your sheets in hot water to kill dust mites, or if you have any non-washable bedding you can opt to freeze it overnight.
To minimize your exposure while you are in bed, it is highly advised to use a dust-proof mattress and pillow covers. And if you have a pet, it is wise to keep them off your bed.
Deal with pet allergens
Our beloved pets are one of the major contributors to the presence of allergens in our homes. However, there are ways to be able to live with them comfortably just by taking a few measures.
Start by designating a specific area of your home for your pet and ensuring that its place is easy to clean. It is recommended for pet owners to invest in an air purifier with HEPA filter as it will clear pet allergens from the air.
It is also known that bathing your dog regularly reduces the dog allergens. So, it is worth to give it a try.
Use an air purifier
An air purifier is of great help not only to allergy sufferers by removing allergens, but it also benefits all the family members by removing pollutants and thus improving the indoor air quality.
Purlife’s air purifier includes a 3M® HEPA filter that removes up to 99.97% of pollutants and allergens. Purchasing one will help your family breathe cleaner air.