Since I struggle with allergies I’m always trying to find ways to reduce allergens in my home. Not to mention that I’m extra paranoid with a new baby coming. Here’ are some of the things I do to reduce allergens:
- Wash bed linens weekly
- Hypo-allergenic pillow cases may help block out dust mites from getting in your pillows. Some doctors also recommend vacuuming your mattress weekly.
- Vacuum, vacuum, and vacuum again
- Vacuum floors, vents, and furniture regularly. I love our Dyson DC25 Animal and I put it to good use.
- Wipe down sinks often
- The water that pools around a sink can create mold so it’s best to keep it dry.
- Airborne particles in your home may include:
- Household dust
- Pollen & mold spores
- Pet dander
- Dust mite debris
- Smoke & smog particles
- Particles that can carry bacteria, viruses & odors
Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), recommends following the ABC’s to help maintain a healthy home environment.
A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies (such as products made of feathers).
B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air. Wash stuffed toys weekly in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth.
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