Making your Home Allergy-Free

Posted March 1st, 2010
by HomeownersInsurance.org Staff (no comments)

heartpollenMore and more, people are becoming aware of all of the possible things they can be allergic to. While some of the rise in allergies can be attributed to a greater overall awareness of allergies and how they are treated, the fact of the matter is we have a lot of stuff in our homes that tend to trigger allergies. From dust mites to mold to pet dander, there are many things you need to get under control in your home if you’re going to make it allergy-free.

Here are some helpful tips to reduce the allergens floating around in your home:

  • Get rid of the dust. You need to regularly lean behind your bed, dressers, major appliances and in all the nooks and crannies. You even need to dust on the top of the ceiling fan. Use a damp cloth to collect the dust, as a dry one is just going to spread it around. In addition, a few items tend to attract dust mites, including down-filled comforters or anything else filled with feathers, stuffed animals, blinds, curtains and even wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Control your storage. If at all possible, keep clothing that you’re storing for seasonal reasons in zippered, plastic bags. Keep the shoes in boxes, not sitting on the floor of your closet. If you’re worried about moths, use cedar chips rather than mothballs, or better yet store your linens and things in airtight plastic containers.
  • Check the corners. Corners are atrocious places for collecting mold. There could be a leak in that dark corner of your daughter’s closet causing mold to grow. Check it out, regularly. It’s a good excuse to get her to clean her closet anyways. The same goes for checking underneath and behind your toilet to make sure that mold isn’t growing their, too.
  • Consider furniture that’s less likely to support allergens. A leather or vinyl couch, for example, isn’t nearly as attractive a home for allergens as an overstuffed one. You can also get a hypo-allergenic sheet to go on your bed, if your allergies are really bad. This sheet creates a barrier between you and the bed, and keeps all of the allergens that might be in your mattress away from you. You can find similar items for your pillows, or even as regular furniture coverings.

An allergy-free home will help you feel better, and can help give you a certain peace of mind that guests won’t get sick just by walking through your door.

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