Allergies. One word: UGH! Just thinking about them makes me want to reach for a box of tissue and pop an OTC pill. But what if having allergies didn’t automatically mean using medications?
There is a way to have fewer and less intense allergy attacks simply by doing one thing. And it’s so simple you’ll probably kick yourself. Brace yourself, because here it is:
Create a clean home.
Is it always possible to have a spic and span house? No, but creating a clean environment, especially the bedrooms of allergy suffers, allergy symptoms can truly be lessened. Here’s the part where I say I’m not a doctor, and don’t expect a clean house to solve all your problems. Try to make sure the person in your family who has the most severe allergies is not around on deep cleaning days, or at the very least that they are wearing a mask.
How To Naturally Reduce Allergens In Your Home
1) De-clutter and Organize
By not giving outdoor allergens and indoor allergens as many surfaces to stick to your cleaning will be more efficient and effective.
Decluttering means books and knick knacks get boxed up. Organizing means putting as much away as possible in boxes or closets.
2) Get Rid of Your Carpet
Admittedly this is a huge step and financial commitment. If allergies are a big problem for people in your family, it is well worth it, and I can attest to this first hand from our own personal experience.
Carpets simply harbor more allergens than hardwood, laminate, tile, or (what we decided to go with) bamboo. When you clean the surface of a hard floor, you’re not simply grinding down dirt and allergens, you’re actually getting rid of them.
3) Pay Particular Attention To The Bedrooms
If you’re only going to deep clean one room of your house make it the bedroom. A few ways to step it up a notch is to keep pets out (they bring in allergens too), encase pillows and mattresses in hypoallergenic covers, and wash bedding and window treatments frequently.
4) Get a Hepa Vacuum and Air Filter
“HEPA’s efficacy has been documented in a collaborative study between the University of Colorado and National Jewish Medical and Research Center. The study, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, found that the use of HEPA-filter vacuums and air purifiers in homes reduced the concentration of particles less than 10 microns by almost 50 percent.” (Source)
5) Clean Regularly and Deeply
No it isn’t fun. And yes it takes a lot of effort. Cleaning is the first line of defense though when it comes to dealing with allergies.
I’m hoping and praying through diet changes, natural remedies, and more research my family might be able to eliminate our allergies for good. Until then though we’ll be whistling while we work, and try to use less kleenexes by keeping a cleaner, reduced allergen, home.