How to Achieve a Hypoallergenic Home
Pet hair, dust, mold, pollen and mildew are all inconvenient allergy issues in homes everywhere. Your home should be a place of relaxation, not headaches and sneezing. Take some of these steps recommended by the Mayo Clinic to reduce the allergy impact of your home and be more comfortable throughout the year.
In the bedroom, use dust mite-proof covers for pillows, mattresses and box springs. Wash your sheets, pillowcases and throw blankets at least once per week in warm-hot water.
If possible, replace your carpet with wood or linoleum flooring. This will greatly reduce the amount of pet hair that sticks as it can be swept up more easily. Washable area rugs are a great option as well. If you have to stick to carpet, try to choose low-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly.
Use washable curtains on the windows. Otherwise, you’ll risk collecting dust and pet hair that will cause irritation. During pollen season, try to keep the windows closed and clean any mold or condensation that you see.
Avoid upholstered furniture. It can be difficult to clean and often requires a professional. Instead, look for furniture items constructed with leather, wood, metal, or plastic.
Declutter any items that are only collecting dust.
For the living room, try to stick with wood or linoleum flooring just as you might in the bedroom. Again, if you have to use carpeting for any reason, make sure it’s low-pile and vacuumed frequently. Since living rooms are higher-traffic areas, it’s best to vacuum daily or every other day, if possible.
Stick with easy-to-clean furniture in the living room as well. Leather and wood can easily be wiped down. If you have upholstered sofas or chairs, try looking for a washable cover that can quickly be removed for cleaning.
In the kitchen, be sure to wash dishes daily to prevent mold and mildew from piling in the sink. Wipe excessive moisture from the refrigerator as well. Empty the trash daily and use an insect-proof garbage can.
In the bathrooms, be sure there is an exhaust fan to help reduce moisture from baths and showers.
Use rugs and bath mats that are machine washable and wash them frequently.
Regularly clean showers, baths, and toilets. Don’t allow standing water to pile anywhere.
To help reduce allergy issues throughout the home, replace your air filter regularly. It’s best to upgrade from basic to the allergy-specific filters that help catch more dust.