Allergies can make some of the nicest times of year the most miserable. Is there anything you can do around the home to help your family endure? Let’s look at the full range of allergens, from those caused by pesty insects to skin irritants in the laundry.
Remove Anything That Could Attract Cockroaches
Believe it or not, one of the most common environmental allergies is to a pheromone that cockroaches release to attract one another within their communities. If you see a cockroach, especially during the day, it is important to take action immediately. Cockroaches usually feed at night, so if one is wandering your house searching for food or water during the day, it usually means an overcrowded community that is short on food. Remove any potential food or water sources to starve out the community, but you may need an exterminator.
Keep Mold From Forming
Mold needs moisture to grow, so a dehumidifier is mold’s natural enemy. The shower and/or tub are the biggest culprits, so clean these often. A daily spray and wipe down can help. Keeping the home a constant temperature is also important. Also, let wet clothes or towels dry before tossing them in a laundry bin.
Reducing Dust Allergens in the Air
Make certain the return vent for your central air is kept clean. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and vacuum regularly. Air purifiers can also work, but be sure to get one powerful enough for the size of the room it is in. Use a microfiber cloth with a liquid cleaner (a homemade vinegar spray is perfect) when dusting so that you pick up dust rather than throwing it into the air. Don’t forget to vacuum tough-to-reach places (like under the bed) when you do your big spring and fall cleanings.
Don’t use more than the recommended amount of detergent. If anyone gets a rash, try an allergen-free detergent with no dyes or perfumes. Switching from powdered to liquid detergent will reduce residue left on clothes. Not overloading the machine allows the detergent to reach all of the garments.
By employing these few tips, you should have to deal with fewer environmental allergies.