For allergy sufferers, springtime means more than sunshine and fresh flowers — it's the onset of the inevitable hay fever season. Anyone who has allergies knows how uncomfortable this time of year can be and how important it is to have a safe place to retreat to.
You can make your home clearer of seasonal allergens, dust and mold by developing a consistent routine. Cleaning out clutter, locating problem zones and sticking to certain materials can also help make your home a haven from pollen. Read on to learn the best ways to eliminate allergens from your home, room by room.
• Make sure your exhaust fan is working correctly, and run it after every shower or bath to remove excess moisture. • Remove any wallpaper, and install tile or a mold-resistant paint. • Dry the tub and shower after each use, and scrub with bleach regularly. • Get rid of any moldy bath mats or shower curtains.
• Brush or wash any pets at least once a week to get rid of dander. • Close windows during pollen season — rely on air conditioning if you can. • Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter. Direct one toward your face while you sleep to guarantee a full night's rest. • Keep your home's temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity at 50 percent. Anything higher will create a breeding ground for dust mites and mold. • Take a shower right after doing any work outside to avoid spreading allergens and pollens inside. More: Spring Clean Your Kitchen Houzz Rule: No Dogs Allowed? Tackle Home Junk With Proper Disposal