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How to reduce allergens in the home

Having an allergy can be a nightmare. It can also mean that you are never completely comfortable, even in your home. It can make you feel completely miserable and anti-social for fear that someone else’s pet or even duvet covers could trigger another embarrassing allergic reaction.

However, this is, of course, not the way to react – you must take control and fight allergies at the source: the allergens. If there is anywhere that you can do this it is in your own home, and by taking a few simple steps you can make your life, and the lives of your nearest and dearest, much more pleasant.

Steps to reduce allergens

Bedroom
You will inevitably spend a large amount of your time in the bedroom (asleep if nothing else!) so getting things sorted in here is crucial. Make sure that you buy dust-mite-proof covers for your pillows and duvets, as well as synthetic materials to keep those pesky mites to a minimum. Wash your bedding at a temperature of at least 60 degrees centigrade to kill off as many as possible.

To ensure dust is at a minimum, replace any horizontal blinds with washable roller blinds, which aren’t as attractive to dust and can be easily cleaned. If you opt for curtains ensure that these are washable and make sure you do so regularly.

Living room
Carpets are a haven for dust mites, even if you vacuum regularly, so look to replace these with wooden or linoleum floors that are much easier to keep dust-free. If this is not an option, go for short not long pile carpets and make sure that you vacuum regularly.

You should also steer clear of upholstered furniture and choose easily cleaned sofas made from leather and plastic to stop them from collecting dust and other allergens.

Kitchen
A great way to keep allergens to a minimum is to install a vented extractor fan to remove cooking fumes from the room and keep the moisture levels as low as possible. Try and make sure that all washing up is done straightaway to ensure that there is no build up of mould or food debris.

You should regularly clean all worktops with anti-bacterial detergents to ensure no germs can hang around and make their way to your food, and keep on the lookout for any leaks as these can be a breeding ground for germs.

By taking these few simple steps you can make your home a much more habitable environment and improve your quality of life. It may take a little extra work but there is no reason why you shouldn’t be as comfortable as everybody else.

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