kid cleaningHere are some things you can do to reduce allergens in your home

1.      Keep a healthy level of humidity:

  • Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30 to 50 percent helps keep them and other allergens under control.
  • Use an exhaust fan when cooking, running the dishwasher, or bathing.
  • Empty catch pans in your dehumidifier.

2.      Dust and vacuum frequently: 

  • Avoid using a dry cloth or feather duster, as they tend to push allergens back into the air. Instead, clean hard surfaces, floors and window shades/blinds weekly with treated dust rags, damp mops or damp rags.
  • Hardwood, tile and linoleum are ideal for chronic allergy sufferers, but if a home has carpet, be sure to vacuum carpeted areas weekly. Vacuum and wash rugs regularly as well.

3.      Ensure proper ventilation: 

  • To combat indoor allergies such as mold, dust and animal hair, open your windows and doors and turn on any fans to help blow away allergens.
  • If outdoor allergies are a problem, close windows and rely on air conditioning or use pollen proof screens to combat pollen that might come through open windows.
  • Change air filters frequently to ensure that your HVAC system efficiently removes contaminates from your indoor air.
  • The highest quality filters, called HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, can remove almost all particulates and contaminants.
  • Install an air purification system.

4.      Update and/or cover your bedding: 

    • Use anti-allergy pillow, mattress and box spring covers on all bedding.
    • If you have wool or feather bedding, consider replacing with synthetic materials.

5.      Use your air conditioner:

  • Cooling systems actually help reduce the pollen count inside the home. Make sure it and your filters are functioning properly

6.    Buy indoor plants to freshen the air:

  • Certain plants can filter out common violate organic compounds that can cause adverse health effects. NASA conducted a study with the Associated Contractors of America to determine which indoor plants were the most effective at improving indoor air quality. Some of the air-cleaning plants include Aloe plants, Spider plants, Gerber daisies, Chrysanthemums, Ficus, Azaleas and English Ivy

7.     Consider an air purification system:

  • If you try the above tips and allergies and asthma symptoms still bother you, a whole-home air purification system can help eliminate the allergens and toxins in the home.

Sources: Windstar,  www.callwinstar.com  and

Petri Plumbing,  www.petriplumbing.com

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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