Spring is a sign that warmer days are coming, and while most get excited about spending their time outdoors, others struggle to enjoy the spring breeze the season brings with all of the pollen and allergens in the air. Anything from sniffles, to watery eyes, and constant sneezing can leave anyone dreading the outdoors and struggling to seek some type of relief. Here are a few tips to help you turn your home into a safe haven.
Use air purifying bags
Activated bamboo charcoal is known to naturally purify the air while also getting rid of excess moisture that can cause your allergies to feel more intense. The reason being is that too much moisture in the air is an opportunity for allergens to multiply. Once these irritants are in the air, they’ll find a way into your vents and windows. Air purifying bags are a convenient way to place them throughout the house, specifically in areas where you spend the most time. Ideal places to set them are your nightstand, an end table near your favorite spot on the couch, and even in your car.
Use a HEPA filter air purifier
When it comes to air purifiers, HEPA is the filter of choice since they are better at capturing airborne particles such as dust and pollen. When purchasing a filter, make sure that it is clearly marked as ‘True HEPA’. Other filters on the market claim to be “HEPA-like” but aren’t the same quality. HEPA filters are made with extra fine fiberglass that is weaved together to remove 99.97% of fine particles. Keep in mind that these filters need to be changed as needed to keep the efficiency of the air purifier in mint condition.
Use bamboo bedding and towels
Is there anything that touches our skin more than our bedding and bath towels? If you suffer from allergies, you may want to consider switching to bamboo-made products. Organic bamboo is a natural hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Bamboo sheets help to reduce moisture in your bed, which as mentioned before is a playground for allergens. With the upcoming summer nights, it may be a good investment to start using them right away. Bamboo-made towels are great at repelling mildew and mold so you don’t have to worry about washing your bath towels daily.
Dust and vacuum often
Because air purifiers can’t do all the work, you’ll need to vacuum and dust often. There are vacuums available that come with a HEPA filter to help capture smaller particles. When dusting, using a moist cloth with water is better than a feather duster or dry cloth. Using anything dry will only help spread dust throughout the air, while a wet cloth locks in dust and dirt. Make sure to rinse the cloth often and also change the vacuum bag, filter, or clean out the canister as needed.
The best tip is to find out the biggest source of allergens in your home and take steps to eliminate them as much as possible.