Four Budget-Friendly Tips to Clean Your Home During Allergy Season
Sure, spring is all about warm weather and patio season... but, while there's plenty to celebrate, the temperature change also brings something that's a little less than thrilling — allergies.
If your allergies have started to flare up already, you're not alone. Living with allergies isn't fun for anyone, but Mattress Firm has a few tips on how you can clean your home and reduce allergens without breaking the bank:
1. Dust and Vacuum Often
An easy and relatively inexpensive way to reduce allergy symptoms is by vacuuming and dusting. While it's good practice to sweep year-round, Mattress Firm recommends sweeping those extra dirty spots around the house at least once a week during spring. When dusting, use a damp cloth or wear a dust mask to protect yourself from particles that get kicked up into the air.
2. Wash Your Linens in Hot Water
By regularly washing your bedding in warm or hot water, you'll rinse away those pesky allergens from your sheets. This is vital for reducing allergies and ensuring you're able to sleep through the night without waking up sneezing. Wash all of your sheets in one load every week or so to prevent high energy charges from using hot water.
3. Keep the Outside Out
While it may be tempting to keep your doors and windows open to let in some fresh air, that may not be the smartest idea for your allergies. Keep the outside out of your home where it belongs and avoid going outdoors too early in the morning, when pollen is fresh.
As much as we love our four-legged friends, they can sometimes bring extra pollen from the backyard indoors. Mattress Firm's simple tip to stop your pets from delivering sneezes and sniffles to your living room — regular brushes and baths.
4. Stay Dry
The more moist an area is, the more likely mold and mildew will grow. Take on a DIY project and replace your bathroom wallpaper with tile or paint the walls with mold-resistant paint. Run the bathroom exhaust fans while you shower or towel-dry the walls yourself. The key here is to make sure everything stays as dry as possible.
By following these simple, budget-friendly tips, you'll be sure to sleep better and keep those pesky allergies at bay, so you can soak up the sun.