We all want our homes to be as clean and comfortable as possible and be places where we can rest, relax, entertain, have some giggles, spend quality time with loved ones, work, and more.
However, it’s hard to enjoy life at home as much as we’d like if we deal with sniffly noses, regular sneezing, watery eyes, scratchy throats, and the like.
Allergens can quickly build up in properties and make life tough for you, your family, or guests.
As such, it’s wise to look for ways to lower the level of these nasties at your place, so it doesn’t become an issue. Here are some steps to work on allergy-proofing your home in 2022.
Work Out Potential Allergens to Start With
The first critical step is to see if you can determine which allergen or allergens you or your household members are allergic to.
Knowing this information will help you see what to focus on removing from your property and keeping at bay.
An allergist is a specialist who can provide advice on the central issues to avoid that many people tend to be allergic to, such as mold, dust mites, pollen, and pet hair.
Arm yourself with as many details as possible so you can take more strategic preventative measures.
Get Rid of Clutter
Next, do what you can to remove clutter from your bedroom(s). After all, the more items you have in the room where you sleep, the more places there are for allergens to accumulate and hide.
Pare back your belongings in the room and take the time to dust and otherwise clean regularly to keep as many irritants at bay as possible.
Invest in a Good New Bed Setup
Our beds are one of the prime areas where allergens can live and are also where we sleep and rest for many hours a day, placing us more at risk of getting annoyed by irritants in this vicinity. Take steps to invest in a good bed setup to reduce the risk of issues.
If your mattress is an old one you’ve had for many years, and it’s never been aired or cleaned much, it’s likely to be a haven for allergens.
Invest in a new product as soon as you can to boost your health. It pays to buy an organic cotton mattress that’s made sustainably and contains far fewer chemicals than more traditional products. This can make a big difference for people with asthma and other significant allergies.
Also, replace your pillow every year or two since these items can harbor plenty of dust mites. It helps, too, to use quality natural bedding made from breathable materials.
Remove Allergen-Hiding Objects
Another tip is to remove allergen-hiding objects from your bedrooms, such as old carpets and rugs. Those with thick piles, especially, can be a problem and lead you to re-release the allergens gathered in them as you walk across them.
If you’re sensitive to irritants, it’s best to replace carpet with smooth-surfaced flooring options like wooden boards, vinyl, tiles, or polished concrete. These materials are easy to clean, too, which is an added benefit.
For rugs you don’t want to dispose of, pay to have a deep cleaning service work on them to remove as many mites, dirt, dust, hair, and other allergens as possible.
You may also need to swap out old, heavy drapes and curtains that have been gathering irritants for years with thinner, new, easy-to-clean blinds or shades.
Get Your Pets to Sleep Outside the Bedroom
We all love our pets and like to have them close to us and indulge their desires, leading many families to let their animals sleep in the bedroom and even the bed with them.
However, if allergens are a problem for you, this isn’t a wise course of action. Their coats will likely shed hair, dirt, and dust that can float into your bedding, mattress, under the bed, flooring, other furniture, closets, and more.
This dispersal can cause many allergic reactions or annoy the eyes and skin in general over time.
Other ways to lower the level of allergens in your home this year include getting everyone to remove their shoes so irritants don’t get tracked into your place to begin with and replacing filters in your HVAC systems more often.
Plus, get into regular cleaning routines so allergens don’t have a chance to build up too much. It pays to use natural products that shouldn’t cause any allergic reactions, too.
Take all of these steps, and you should notice that allergens become much less of a problem in your home this year and beyond.