Tips For Keeping Your Bedroom Allergen-Free
If allergy season is over in your neck of the woods but the sneezing and itchy eyes are keeping you up at night, you may have other problems. Allergens have a way of lurking in your bedroom and may require fierce action from you to end your nighttime misery. Here are 6 tips to reduce allergens in your bedroom.
Humid climates can make enduring allergies tough. Extra moisture in your home makes it a good host for mold and dust mites, which trigger the allergy symptoms that make you miserable. If you think mold and dust mites are a problem, try using a dehumidifier to dry out your bedroom. A dry room makes it very hard for mold to grow and dust mites to thrive.
Every surface is a magnet for dust, inviting it to build up and cause you discomfort. Take out any extra books, crafts and accessories from your room and make use of a closet organizer or under-the-bed storage bin as best you can. The fewer places dust and allergens can rest and build a home, the less likely your symptoms will be aggravated. As a bonus, you have fewer items to dust on cleaning day.
A soft surface is a menace for allergy sufferers. Curtains, blankets, carpets, pillows -- their fibers have almost unlimited surface area for microscopic particles and bugs like dust mites to nestle and set up living quarters. To guard against them taking up permanent residence, get your carpets and curtains cleaned regularly, replace pillows frequently and wash your bedding and rugs every week. Hot water kills any dust mites hiding in your bed as wells as their eggs.
While carpeting absorbs noise and is easy on bare feet in the morning, you may want to consider hardwood floors if you're bothered by dust and allergens. The hard surface leaves fewer places for dust to settle permanently. Rugs can take the place of carpets in places you need a soft surface, plus they're easy to move and wash to reduce dust. If hardwood is not an option for you, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to suck up any dust and allergens embedded in carpet fibers.
Living Air Filters
Cleaning the air you breathe sounds like a huge task, but it only takes a few stalks and leaves to make it happen. Plants are ideal air filters for your bedroom; in fact, they're so good at cleaning the air, even NASA uses them. In 1989, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration did a clean air study to figure out ways to clean air in space stations. Researchers found that one plant is an efficient filter for every 100 square feet of indoor space. One plant is good enough to clean the air in your bedroom, but two plants might make it look nice as well as give you fresh air.