Cleaning Tips to Prevent Allergies and Sleep Happy
For the more than 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal nasal allergies, proactive prevention is key. Here are some easy cleaning tips to help you stay sneeze-free this season:
- Protect your mattress pillows. A critical part of ensuring a healthy sleep zone is using mattress and pillow protection. Since your bed can often be a breeding ground for dust mites, other allergens and bacteria, protecting your pillow and mattress will provide a barrier for you, and help prevent allergy symptoms and sleep deprivation.
- Keep tabs on indoor humidity level. Mold thrives in moisture. Since it can be a common trigger for many who suffer from spring allergies, adjusting the humidity level in your home can make a big difference. If your home doesn’t have a built-in dehumidifier, you can use exhaust fans or portable dehumidifiers to keep moisture at bay. We recommend keeping your humidity level at or just below 50 percent.
- Dust and vacuum…often. Reduce allergy symptoms by taking steps to eliminate dust and dust mites. While it’s good practice to run the sweeper year-round, once a week (at least) during spring allergy season is ideal. When dusting, use a damp cloth or wear a dust mask to protect yourself from particles that get kicked up into the air.
- Keep the outside out. Depending on where you live, spring weather can make it tempting to open the windows and let in some fresh air. However, for allergy sufferers, it could actually have an adverse effect. Pollen is notorious for wreaking havoc in the springtime. If possible, avoid going outdoors in the early morning hours when pollen is fresh from plants.
- So fresh and so clean. If you’re particularly sensitive to spring allergies, it’s a good idea to wash your hands and face when coming in from outside. Also, consider bathing before bed rather than the morning; that way, you won’t leave pollen and other outdoor allergens on your pillow at night.
By following these simple tips, you can spend your time enjoying the weather, rather than battling allergies. Good luck out there!