How to Have an Allergy-Proof Home

This time of year is especially difficult for people with allergies. But did you know that you can have an allergy-proof home?
How to Have an Allergy-Proof Home

Last update: 26 December, 2021

According to the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, 33 percent of Spaniards have an allergy. Among them, one of the most common allergies is mites. Therefore, it’s important to learn how to protect your environment and have an allergy-proof home.

With a few simple tips, you can be safe and secure from sneezing, itchy eyes, and an incessantly runny nose. It’s basically a matter of ventilating, washing, and keeping dust under control. By doing this, you’ll ensure that allergies don’t affect your daily life, especially during a period when we all spend more time at home. 

Ventilation for an allergy-proof home

Ventilate the home

Spending just ten minutes a day will be more than enough to renew the air in your home. As we’ve already pointed out, it’s important to ventilate your home each day, regardless of whether or not you suffer from allergies.

If you suffer from a pollen allergy, avoid ventilating your home in the morning, since there’s usually more concentration of pollen in the environment at this time. Finally, open several windows whenever you can to create cross ventilation.

As far as your bathroom is concerned, pay special attention when ventilating since the accumulation of humidity is harmful to people who have allergies. In addition, humidity favors the appearance of mold, which can have serious consequences for your family. For this reason, place towels and bathrobes outside occasionally to give them fresh air and sunshine. Also, you should wash these items at least twice a week with hot water.

It’s not a bad idea to install a switch-activated extractor fan in your bathroom. This will help you to clean the air of impurities.

Allergy-proof your carpets

Vacuum the floor under the bed

If you love rugs and carpets as much as we do, we have some bad news for you! These elements are a favorite place for mites to live. But we don’t want you to get rid of them. You just need to vacuum them daily, in the opposite direction of the pile, to thoroughly remove dust, debris, and dirt.

As for the rest of your textiles, we recommend that you do the same. You can vacuum your sofa and cushions. If your cushions have zippers, remove the fillers and shake them in the open air.

Ensure there’s not a trace of dust

To have an allergy-proof home, you need to prevent dust from accumulating on your furniture. For this reason, you should clean it every other day.

Use a microfiber cloth because it traps dust better. Don’t forget to move any furniture that’s attached to the walls or sits in the corners, in order to clean behind it thoroughly.

An allergy-proof home: your kitchen

Cleaning the kitchen for an allergy-proof home

This is one of the areas that we tend to forget in our fight against allergies. Do you know that there’s something that prevents allergens from spreading throughout your home? The extractor hood! Use this every time you cook to avoid fumes and odors.

By the way, it’ll also suck up dust particles and other causes of discomfort that are usually suspended in the air. 

Equally, it dries all surfaces, from the sink and countertop to the drawers. Remember that mites love humidity and heat. When the extractor has finished and all your surfaces are dry, top it off with some mold disinfectant to make it allergy-proof.

Allergy-proof your bedroom

If you have allergies, we recommend that you use bedding made of organic fabrics such as cotton or linen, and anti-mite, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal mattress covers, pillows, and duvets. This and washing them at a high temperature, will keep the mites away. Don’t forget to shake your pillows, cushions, and especially your mattress topper periodically.

Finally, we recommend that in order to have an allergy-proof home, you avoid accumulation and clutter. If you have a lot of belongings, it’s inevitable that they’ll fill up with dust.

Be careful with long-pile rugs, stuffed toy animals, or too many books in your bedroom. Equally, if you have pets, avoid allowing them to sleep with you. By taking this series of steps, you’ll be able to breathe better and enjoy your allergy-proof home.

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