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April showers bring May flowers – and also allergies for many! Here are some ways to reduce the presence of allergens in your home in spring.

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Spring is a beautiful season, but the buds and blooms can wreak havoc on your allergies. It’s not too late to rid your home of particles that make you sneeze. Below are five tips for minimizing spring allergens and banishing them from your home.

1. Be aware of the external environment

Pollen is a common cause for allergies in the spring, entering into the home through open windows. You can decide how wide the windows should be open on sunny spring days, depending on the severity of your allergies. But, in times when the wind picks up, this can cause exponential exposure to pollen as it blows into your home. On days like this, it might be prudent to keep your windows closed.

In general, being aware of the external environment in general is a good rule, including being aware of pollen counts particularly as on windy days. This is often reported by the same sources you get your regular weather. But, when it comes to pollen it might also be a good idea to find specialist sites, and even apps for your smartphone to help you be aware of pollen counts.

2. Dust often and with a damp cloth

Cleaning your home regularly removes the pollen and dust mites from all surfaces in your home. Don’t resort to dry dusting, since using a cloth will only stir up the dust and redistribute it through the air. Instead, use a damp cloth so you can capture the particles and remove them before you take a breath.

3. Keep air moving

Whether you’re in the bathroom or the kitchen, these spaces harbor stale air, odors, and allergens. Bathrooms especially can collect moisture over time, leading to mold and mildew problems if you’re not careful. The key here is to establish good airflow.

Install and use an exhaust fan in the bathroom to reduce the chances you’ll have to deal with these problems. In the kitchen, use a fan to pull cooking fumes and moisture out of the air and out of your home so that you can breathe easier.

4. Replace old floor coverings

Old carpets and rugs can hold allergens inside your home. To reduce the count of allergens in your home, and therefore the severity of allergy symptoms, it is a wise investment to consider replacing the old floor covers with a new floor that resists allergens.

Smooth, hard surfaces are best for preventing allergen accumulation, great at reducing the presence of allergens because they don’t provide nooks and crannies for dust mites and won’t retain moisture which promotes mold or mildew growth. Wood flooring, tile, vinyl flooring, and cork floors are all great choices to the home where allergies are an issue. They are also easy to clean, which is a bonus.

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Cork flooring is particularly suitable to homes where dust and other allergens are an issue. A substance found in cork, suberin, has anti-microbial properties that also discourages the growth of mold. It’s also springy and warm underfoot, not entirely unlike carpet.

5. Reduce your clutter

Knickknacks, souvenirs, decorative items, and toys are the ephemera of a home, but they may harbor more living things than you’d like to think about. When you accumulate excessive objects throughout your home, you won’t be able to clean all of them.

After a short time, toys and knickknacks will inevitably collect dust that isn’t any fun to clean up. Keep fighting that clutter. Clean up the kids’ toys and step up your dusting routine to make sure that the objects you love aren’t making you sick.

Bless you

Spring may bring out the sneezes and sniffles when you step outdoors, but with some regular maintenance and preventive measures, you can stop the sneezing inside your home. Turn you attention to floors, fans, and windows, and you’ll find yourself breathing easier throughout the season.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.