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How to remove allergens from the home

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Removing allergens from the home if really important if they’re affecting you and your family. If you are noticing that you, your family, and your guests are suffering from allergic reactions such as sinus and throat issues, skin rashes, breathing difficulties, asthma, or watery and puffy eyes, do a full home assessment of what allergens may be the cause.

Here are few ways to remove allergens from the home as you create a safe, happy, and healthy living environment. 

Remove allergens from the air

Air quality in the home is an important and essential first step. Here are ways to reduce allergens that may be creating breathing problems, asthma, sore throats, and chemical sensitivities.

Portable air filter: Do your homework regarding portable air filters. Not all air filters are created equal. When you purchase an air filter, it must be the proper size with the needed strength for the room you require to be clear of unwanted allergens. 

HVAC intake filters: Get to know your central heating and cooling system so you’re familiar with the type and know how often to replace the filter. This is something you can do on your own, by learning about which level of filtration is best for your home. Always have a clean filter!

Pets: In the UK, 16% of all people are very allergic to cats. Some folks are allergic to dogs as well. Consider keeping your pets in a separate room, or not having pets at all. There may be other creative solutions for enjoying other kinds of animals outside the home.

How to remove allergens from carpets and furniture

Carpet, rugs, unholstered furniture, curtains, bedding, mattresses, pillows, throw blankets and any item with fabric of any kind can trap dust mites, pet dander, urine, pollen, or cigarette smoke. Here are some solutions that experts recommend.

Wash everything: Keeping the house clean of allergens requires regular cleaning of all fabric, foam, carpet, and even floors. Cleanliness with non-toxic cleaners is the best to tackle allergens that stick to things. Be sure you have a good HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.

Eliminate: Experts suggest that homes with allergy-prone individuals eliminate carpet, rugs, curtains and even couch blankets and pillows. Decorate with other materials such as wood, glass, non-toxic natural flooring, and with other creative ideas that suit your style.

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How to remove allergens from clothes

Removing allergens from your clothes is critical as you come in the house after being out in the open air. Your clothes, shoes, and even your body may have picked up unwanted allergens such as pollution, pollen, animal dander, mould, insects, or even some foods. Use these cautionary tips to rid your home of these items:

Shoes: Create a space by all entry doors for shoe and boot removal and consider becoming a shoe-off kind of home. Only indoor slippers or shoes, as well as socks would be acceptable inside the home. 

Clothes: We all pick up odd smells, dirt, grime, oils, insects, smoke, animal hair, and dander, with just plain living. Consider having an open coat and hat rack of some kind near the doors so these outer garments are not tracking in unwanted allergens. Use a natural enzyme washing powder to wash your clothes right away. 

Body: Experts suggest going directly to a shower once you come home if you feel that you might have any allergens attached to your skin, hair, or nails. Keep the outside… outside!

We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to remove allergens from the home. Be sure to check out our other cleaning and home-hygiene tips such as how to wash the doggie bed and washing hands: why when and how to do it

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