How to Reduce Airborne Allergens in your Home
Those who are plagued by allergies are always struggling to diminish those irritants that cause watery eyes, runny noses and rashes.
Did you know that there are over 35 million people who suffer from pollen-induced allergies? My 23 year-old daughter is among them. Last summer she ended up in the emergency room on oxygen due to asthma problems while participating in a charity mud volleyball tournament. She’s been to several allergists to be tested and diagnosed.
If you’re among those who are constantly being attacked by airborne allergens, there are some positive steps that you can take in order to reduce or eliminate the elements that are the catalysts to allergy attacks.
Here are some tips from Laura Dellutri, author of The Overworked Mom’s Stress Free Home Keeping to help you keep dust mites, pollen and dander out of your air and house:
- Reduce dust mites by encasing your mattress and pillows, and wash your bedding in hot water about once a week. Also, since dust mites are microscopic, place strips of duct tape on the mattress case to prevent the dust mites from sneaking through.
- While cleaning what you can see, don’t forget to clean what you can’t see – the air you breathe. Use a high performance air filter in the home, such as the Filtrete 1″ Elite Allergen Reduction filter from 3M, to help capture particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter. Be sure to change your filter at the start of every season, or every three months.
- Stuffed animals can harbor dust mites so it’s important to pay special attention to them if your child has allergies. Place stuffed animals in a large plastic bag and freeze them for four to five hours. Remove them from the freezer and plastic bag, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove any leftover dust particles.
Although my daughter is a grown woman, I’m still a mom and concerned for her well-being.
If you want to make your home healthier this Spring for your family, 3M, the makers of Filtrete Filters have created the Clean Air Club. You can register to receive seasonal e-newsletters featuring money-saving offers, filter change reminders, better home living tips and more by visiting Filtrite.
Now that spring is right around the corner, don’t forget that large quantities of pollen can enter your home by traveling in through open doors or windows, on clothing and hair – and even on the family pet!
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© 2010 C. Matthews