Allergy season is in full swing and allergy-sufferers are really suffering. If you’re being pummelled by pollen and suffering its effects, from headaches and congestion to skin rashes and itchy eyes, consider the following five ways to reduce the proliferation of allergens in your home so that you can breathe easier and have a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather.
1. Get Rid of Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
Pollen settles just like dust. When you bring it in on your shoes these two factors contribute to tons of allergens getting ground into your carpet. If you have wall to wall carpeting, you can vacuum to your heart’s content but that pesky pollen is probably going to stick around.
Wood floors, on the other hand, can be easily mopped, so you can get rid of pollen by cleaning regularly. Don’t have wood, or feeling like hard floors are a little sparse? Use small throw rugs that you can easily launder.
2. Wash Your Curtains and Blinds Often
If you make the mistake of leaving windows open during allergy season, all of those allergens are going to cling right onto the fabric. Then, even once your windows are closed, you’ll still be inhaling all of that gunk that’s going to then be stuck in your sinuses.
Use only curtains that you can throw in the laundry and wash them often. Better yet? Lose the curtains. Blinds are much better, although they can still collect allergens so make sure to wipe them down with a wet cloth frequently.