Ever wonder why you wake up and have the sniffles? Or that you suddenly start sneezing out of the blue? These sudden allergic reactions may get triggered when there is an allergen present in your surrounding which causes your body to produce histamine to fight off the irritant thus leading to allergic reactions. If you have hay fever, asthma, or other allergies, allergy-proofing your home, may alleviate your triggers. Here are a few tips on how you can allergy-proof your home.
One way to allergy-proof your home is to use dust-mite proof covers in your bed. Encase your pillows as well as your beddings in this type of cover to prevent dust mites from growing on your sheets. You should wash your sheets every week at 130 F to kill any germs or bacteria that have been building up in your beddings.
Another tip on how you can eliminate allergens in your home is to set up a salt lamp in your bedroom or any part of your house. As the name suggests, this lamp is made from salt with a hollowed center where the light bulb is located. When the bulb is turned on, the heat will cause the salt to attract allergens from the air into it thus eliminating the presence of dust, dirt, and other germs.
Dusting is part of the cleaning that we do in our home, but if you are doing it wrong, you will be simply flinging all the dirt around you, thus triggering a bout of sneezing and watery eyes. Instead of dry dusting, you should do a wet dusting instead using a non-toxic cleaning spray. Even water is enough to keep the dust from being set loose in the air.
Another tip on how to allergy-proof your home is to remove carpeting. Carpets may look nice at home, but they can serve as a home for dust mites and the like. When the fibers of the carpet are disturbed, they can release dust allergens in the air that can cause you to sneeze violently. If you can’t remove the carpet, make it a point to vacuum even week. Your vacuum should have a HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filter installed to remove even the most stubborn dust mites present.
We all know that essential oils can help make the air smell better, but did you know that they can also help with protecting you against allergens? It doesn’t matter whether you are using diffusers, wax melts, sprays, and such, these oils will be able to help clear your space of any allergens present in the air. Go for lavender, tea tree, lemon, or peppermint even because they help cleanse the air. If you are going to use essential oils, make sure that you are sourcing organic ones.
To prevent molds from forming in your fridge, you should wipe off any excessive moisture. Remove any food that is past its shelf life, and make sure that you empty the dripping pan too. Wipe down the rubber seals around the door as well because they can harbor germs as well.
When it comes to furniture, go for furniture that is made from wood, leather, plastic, or even metal since they are easier to clean and maintain. Upholstered furniture can become a good breeding ground for dust, germs, and other allergens that can irritate your nose and airways when they are released into the air.