There can be a surprising amount of allergens in the home. Most people are shocked when they find out all the contributing factors to allergens that they don’t implement in their own home. 

As you can see you aren't alone with allergies and why you could be getting them in your home from pollen, pets and mold.

Cleaning your house frequently, and correctly is the key to reducing dust mites, mold, and most allergens. If your family suffers from specific allergies, these cleaning methods could help.

Too Many Dust Mites

Controlling dust mites in your home is the best way to get rid of unwanted allergens. Typically, dust mites are the culprit to allergies.

Here’s the good news:

Dust mites aren’t hard to get rid of and you’ll notice a significant difference if you start implementing some of these cleaning tactics.

De-clutter your home. The fewer things you have lying around, the fewer things that dust can settle on.

Properly dust items in your home with a damp rag or a rag that has some furniture polish on it.  A dry dust rag will just spread the dust and put it into the air. Wear a dust mask if you’re particularly susceptible to dust mites.

Avoid wall to wall carpet, especially shag carpet. Have as much hardwood as possible and use area rugs where you’d like.

Wash bedding at least once a week in hot water. Your bedding is a breeding ground for dust mites. It’s also important because your bedroom is where you spend one-third of your time.

Not Enough Vacuuming

Carpets harness a lot of dust mites and other allergens. Try to vacuum at least once or twice a week to reduce the allergens in the carpet. Don’t forget to vacuum your upholstered furniture as well. 

Be careful:

Vacuuming can also send dust particles into the air and might exacerbate the problem. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which is designed to trap very small particles. This prevents dust from going back into the air.

Too Much Pollen

Pollen is a common allergen that makes many people suffer in the Spring and Fall. 

Don’t worry:

There are lots of ways to control the amount of pollen that enters your home so that you can get away from it.

Start by keeping your windows and doors closed. It’s a lot harder for pollen to get into a house that’s not open to it.

Use air conditioning to cool your house down instead of letting a breeze come through the house. This will significantly reduce the amount of pollen in your home.

Never let your clothes hang outside to dry if you’re susceptible to a pollen allergy. Washing your clothes and taking a shower after you’ve been outside will also help clean pollen at bay.

Don’t forget about your pet. They just might be the culprit of bringing pollen into the home. Keep your pet’s fur short if you can and bathe them frequently.

Too Much Pet Dander

If you want a pet but you suffer from allergies, get a pet that has fewer allergenic protein in their dander. Typically this means a pet that doesn’t shed. However, all animals will shed at least some dander. 

Already have a pet that sheds?

Bathe your pet at least once a week to reduce the dander they’re shedding. Brushing your pet frequently also helps. Don’t forget to wash any pet bedding in hot water too.

Still having allergy problems?

Consider making your bedroom or other parts of the house a pet-free zone. This will help create areas of the house that are free from pet dander and will give you some relief if you have severe allergies.

Too Much Moisture

Having too much moisture in areas of the house with a lot of water causes mold and mildew growth. Bathrooms and basements are some of the biggest culprits. 

Replace wallpaper in the bathroom with tile or mold-resistant paint. Wallpaper retains moisture and can become a breeding ground for mold.

Wipe down walls and the bathtub after you’ve finished showering. It’s also a good idea to turn on your exhaust fan to get rid of some of the moisture while you’re showering.

Here’s the most shocking part:

Too many indoor plants can create more allergens in your home. Although house plants have been known to help purify the air, too many will increase the humidity in your home which encourages mold and mildew growth. Limit yourself to just a couple of indoor plants.

Over-Cleaning the Carpet

Shampooing the carpet gets rid of dirt and dust mites right?

Not always.

In fact, the leftover moisture from shampooing carpets could result in mold growth or an increase in dust mites.

Shampoo your carpet if you absolutely need to, but don’t be excessive. Better yet, replace your carpet with hardwood flooring and you won’t need to worry about it at all!

The Bottom Line

You don’t have to suffer from allergies in your own home. There are several simple problems that you can fix with just a few changes.

Make a chart of weekly chores to get done to control the allergens in your home and prevent them from getting worse. Prioritize each task and make sure you get them done.

These cleaning tactics will make a significant difference for you. You’ll be able to relax, enjoy, and breathe easy in your allergen-free home.

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