World Allergy Week: Tips to Allergy Proof Your Home

Allergies can wreak a world of havoc on us. Even though our home can harbour a lot of allergens, we can also combat them with a few simple changes to our lifestyle.

World Allergy Week: Tips to Allergy Proof Your Home

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We all know that allergies make life uncomfortable and, unfortunately, your home can often be the source of many different allergens. From dust mites and pet dander to mould spores and pollen, various allergens can invade your living space and trigger allergic reactions.

Creating an allergy-proof home is essential for reducing exposure to these irritants and promoting a healthier, more comfortable living environment. Minimising allergens in your home doesn’t have to be hard, and you can accomplish it with a few minor tweaks to your lifestyle.

1. Maintain Clean Air with Air Purifiers

  • Use HEPA Filters: Air purifiers with HEPA filters are effective at trapping airborne allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. Place purifiers in key areas like the bedroom and living room where you spend most of your time.
  • Regular Maintenance: Clean or replace air purifier filters as recommended by the manufacturer to ensure they are working efficiently.
  • Ionisers and UV Purifiers: Consider using air purifiers with ionisers or UV light to help reduce allergens further and improve overall air quality. Ionmax air purifiers are fitted with Ionisers, HEPA filters and UV-C technology to combat pollutants and create a cleaner indoor environment for you and your loved ones.

2. Control Indoor Humidity

  • Use Dehumidifiers: High humidity levels can promote the growth of mould and dust mites. Dehumidifiers help maintain indoor humidity between 30-50%, which is optimal for reducing these allergens.
  • Ventilate Properly: Ensure your home is well-ventilated. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to reduce moisture levels, or simply open up some windows and doors if the situation allows.
  • Fix Leaks Promptly: Repair any leaks or water damage immediately to prevent mould growth.

LEARN MORE: How dehumidifiers help get rid of mould

3. Implement Regular Cleaning Routines

  • Dust with Microfiber Cloths: Use microfiber cloths to trap dust effectively rather than just moving it around. Dust surfaces at least once a week.
  • Vacuum Frequently: Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to clean carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture. Vacuum at least twice a week to remove allergens like pet dander and dust mites.
  • Wash Bedding Weekly: Wash sheets, pillowcases, and blankets in hot water weekly to kill dust mites. Use allergen-proof covers for mattresses and pillows.
  • Clean Curtains and Blinds: Dust and vacuum curtains and blinds regularly. Consider replacing heavy curtains with washable ones or blinds that are easier to clean.

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4. Minimise Pet Allergens

  • Keep Pets Out of Bedrooms: Designate pet-free zones, especially in the bedroom, to reduce exposure to pet dander.
  • Groom Pets Regularly: Bathe and groom pets frequently to reduce shedding and dander. Use pet dander sprays to neutralise allergens.
  • Clean Pet Areas: Wash pet bedding and clean their living areas regularly to reduce the buildup of pet dander.

5. Reduce Pollen Intrusion

  • Keep Windows Closed: During high pollen seasons, keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your home. Use air conditioning to cool your home instead.
  • Wash Outdoor Gear: Remove and wash clothes and gear used outdoors to prevent bringing pollen inside.
  • Shower After Outdoor Activities: Shower and change clothes after spending time outside to remove pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Stay Informed on Pollen Count: Online resources such as Pollen Forecast provide in-depth information on daily pollen count and 7-day forecast of pollen counts. Check daily pollen counts and plan your days accordingly to avoid allergy triggers.

6. Opt for Allergen-Resistant Furniture and Decor

  • Choose Easy-to-Clean Furniture: Select furniture with smooth surfaces that are easy to wipe down. Avoid upholstered furniture that can trap allergens.
  • Replace Carpets with Hard Flooring: Consider replacing carpets with hard flooring options like wood or tile, which are easier to keep clean and less likely to harbour allergens.
  • Use Allergen-Proof Covers: Use covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs that are designed to prevent allergens from penetrating.

7. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

  • Use Natural Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products tend to contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can trigger allergies. Opt for natural or hypoallergenic cleaning products to avoid harsh chemicals that can trigger allergies or asthma.
  • Ventilate When Cleaning: Ensure proper ventilation when cleaning to reduce exposure to chemical fumes.

LEARN MORE: Common household cleaners linked to indoor air pollution

8. Create a Clean Entryway

  • Use Doormats: Place doormats at entryways to trap dirt and allergens. Encourage family members and guests to wipe their feet or remove shoes before entering.
  • Regularly Clean Entry Areas: Clean and vacuum entry areas frequently to prevent dirt and allergens from spreading throughout the home.

By implementing these strategies, you can significantly reduce allergens in your home and create a healthier environment for you and your family.

For additional protection against allergens, consider integrating Ionmax products into your home to ensure cleaner, fresher air. Investing in these preventative measures can lead to long-term benefits in managing allergies and improving overall well-being.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general reference only. Please seek advice from professionals according to your needs.

Ionmax Australia

Ionmax Australia

Founded in 2003, Ionmax Australia has received numerous awards and accolades for its innovative products and commitment to customer satisfaction. Ionmax dehumidifiers and air purifiers have been recognised for their effectiveness in reducing indoor air pollutants and improving air quality. The company is committed to researching and developing new and improved products that meet the needs and expectations of its customers, making it a trusted name in households across Australia and beyond.

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