Here are four simple things you can do to reduce dust and pollen around your home.
The less stuff in your home, the fewer places for allergens to hang out and the easier it will be to clean regularly. Throw out old rags, newspapers, clothes and other porous items. Reduce the number of ornaments, magazines, and other dust catchers you don’t use or enjoy. Focus on bedrooms as you and allergens both spend more time there.
A well-ventilated home and non-leaking ductwork are the first line of defense against bringing allergens into your living space. If you have airconditioning, use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters. Maintain the humidity level in the house at about 50 percent. Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are high – early morning, between 10am and 3pm, and in windy conditions.
Your bathroom is for mould what your bedroom is for dust mites – heaven. Inspect water pipes for leaks and fix. Regularly clean walls with a nontoxic cleaner. Make sure ventilation fans are routed to the outside, and run them for up to 30 minutes after a shower or bath. Scrub away mould on pipes, fixtures and floor drains.
Fabrics and carpet help create dust by the breaking down of fibres. Consider removing them from bedrooms and replacing with floorboards, tiles or linoleum with washable throw rugs. Damp mop regularly, and clean walls and other surfaces.
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