It’s great for sun and warm weather, but springtime can also bring sniffling and sneezing. If you have itchy red eyes or a scratchy throat as winter fades and spring comes into view, it’s probably because of your allergy to pollen. From your clothing to your car, it gets trapped in everything that you come into contact with, and then proceeds to wreak havoc on your immune system. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for seasonal allergies, but there are steps you can take to make sure they don’t ruin your warm weather enjoyment. Get rid of the unpleasant kind of spring fever with these tips on allergy-proofing your entire home.
Zap mould before it starts. When you have seasonal allergies, you’re more susceptible to mould, as well. To make sure that it doesn’t have the chance to grow, discard expired food promptly. Also, make sure to disinfect and wipe down kitchen and bathroom countertops at least once a day. Try to find places where moisture is likely to build up and keep them well-ventilated and dry.
Protect linen from allergens. Since you spend so much time wrapped up in it, make sure to wash your bed sheets at least once a week in warm water (54 degrees celsius). And though you can’t wash mattresses or pillows, you can purchase covers from them that keep dust mites out.
Keep ventilation clear. Though it’s tempting to open the window in spring time to enjoy sunny weather, this could be a big problem for people with allergies. Instead, use indoor air conditioning or a fan to keep you cool so that you don’t invite loose pollen into your home. You should also clean around your windowsills with soap and warm water to get rid of any pollen that slips through cracks.
Allergy-proof your plants. For some with allergies, moving potted plants outside is a must. But if you love having indoor foliage, you may be able to find a way to keep your plants inside. The primary problem with plants is that mould can build up in the soil used to pot them. You can combat this problem by putting gravel over the soil to create a barrier between you and it.
Clean fabrics regularly. From the bedroom to the living room, your home is probably filled with upholstery, carpeting and linen that traps dust and mites that can exacerbate your allergies. Make sure to take down your curtains regularly to wash them; also, don’t forget to wipe down dusty blinds. While hardwood flooring is best for people with allergies, you can still clean carpeted flooring by vacuuming thoroughly. However, a decent vacuum is a must.
Keep smoke out. Remember not to light your fireplace since smoke from the fire can make breathing a lot harder. Not only that, but it could also release pollen into the air if the wood isn’t a process log. And along with this advice, make sure to let household members and guests know that they can’t smoke inside.
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Anneka has two small boys both with severe dust and pollen allergies, and compiled this list as a way of helping other parents with the same issues.