It’s the time of year when cabin fever is officially setting in. As winter meanders right along, it feels like we’ve been stuck inside for… years, maybe? I don’t remember. The kids are bouncing off the walls. Nick is beyond antsy (I’m not sure how, considering all the snow days we’ve had with the kids home). And I’m craving the days we can open up the house and let the fresh air in.
But with that fresh air comes a big issue—tiny, pesky allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander, all of which can be carried in the air throughout your home. And while spring hasn’t sprung just yet, it’s never too early to start prepping your home for those warm-weather days—and the allergens they bring. Believe it or not, they’re right around the corner!
Follow my five simple, proactive tips to get ahead of allergens before sneeze-season (sneezon?) is in full swing!
Dust Up: Of course we dust, we’re Kleen Freaks! But don’t forget to regularly dust those high-up, hard-to-reach areas where dust can settle and be forgotten. I’m talking way up there, like lighting fixtures, ceiling fan blades, tops of cabinets and crown moldings. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to dust behind your larger pieces of furniture and along baseboards, too.
Make it Shine: Cleaning your furniture with polish is also a great way to reduce allergens in your home. Not only does it clean up the dust, it helps to repel more from settling later. Plus, keeping pets off of your upholstered furniture is a great way to reduce dander build-up!
Go Beyond the Vacuum: Sure, sweeping helps. But allergens just love to settle into the soft surfaces of your home. Have your carpets (and curtains!) professionally cleaned regularly to help to keep those allergens at bay.
Sleep on it: For family members with serious allergy issues, purchase barrier bags to protect their pillows and mattresses from dust mites, mold and mildew. Don’t forget: The most effective anti-allergy bedding options are those that completely encase the mattress, pillow and box spring.
Minimize Mold: We all agree we’re bored this winter anyway, right? So why not spend a Saturday banning allergens from your bathroom? After all, it’s probably the area of your home where mold can build up the easiest—and the most quickly. If your bathroom has wallpaper, replace it with either easy-to-clean tile or mold-resistant paint. Afterwards, make sure to regularly wash away mold and mildew from tile, grout, cabinets and countertops. Don’t forget to launder your towels, washrags and bathroom rugs frequently, too!
What other tips and tricks have you found for reducing allergens? I’d love to hear them!