If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies or skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis, I can guess you’d pull out all the stops to minimise those allergy symptoms right?
Apart from looking into dietary causes, there are things you can do around the house that will minimize allergens and therefore reduce the sneezing, the runny nose, the itchy eyes, the flu-like symptoms, the rashes….
Ready to get some relief from your allergy symptoms? Follow these easy tips.
1. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
Vacuum cleaners are one of those appliances that you have to have. Every household has one, whether it be an upright, cordless, or barrel.
However if your family suffers from allergies, asthma, dermatitis or eczema, the quality of your vacuum cleaner matters.
If you have an ordinary vacuum cleaner, you might simply be “rearranging the dirt”: your cleaner will trap some of the dust inside the bag or cyclone filter but let the rest pass straight back into the room.
To minimize allergens you want to trap ALL the dust. I recently trialed a X4 vacuum made by SEBO. This thing had amazing sucking power – it literally pulled itself along with its suck, which entertained my toddler to no end.
The SEBO range uses a 3-step filtration system consisting of a multi layer filter bag, a micro-hygiene filter and an exhaust filter … meaning not only do you get a clean floor, your air is cleaner too.
It’s this 3-step filtration process that has led most of the SEBO machines to be given the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval making this brand the perfect choice for people who suffer from allergies.
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2. Use an air purifier or steriliser
An US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study showed there’s about 2-5 times more air pollution inside than there is outside. This can come from VOCs, artificial fragrances and also the dirt, human cells, dander, pollen, dustmites etc that we bring in on our clothes and our shoes.
Using an air purifier or an air steriliser, such as one from Radic8 will help eliminate these from the air you’re breathing and will create a healthier environment for all of the family to enjoy. Their models remove 99.99% of airborne viruses, irritants and harmful chemicals from the air without releasing Ozone back into the environment (Ozone is a byproduct of many air purifying systems, one which is not great for our health). Think of it as an air purifier on steroids.
If you want peace of mind that the air your family is breathing is clean, like really clean, it’s worth looking into Radic8.
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3. Vacuum your mattress
You may have heard the shocking fact that your mattress will double in weight over 10 years due to dust mite droppings etc. If you had, I’m glad to report that it’s not true, according to fact-checking website, Snopes.
However, because we spend roughly a third of our lives in bed, it is a place that collects human cells, dust mites, bacteria, fungal spores, fungal elements, pollen, dander, and secretions and excretions of the body that accumulate and ultimately creates a haven for allergens.
So, what can you do to minimise these allergens?
Wash your sheets in hot water weekly, and with your HEPA filtered vacuum, give your mattress a good going over once a month. You can even make your own homemade deodorizer with Bicarb soda (baking soda) and essential oil.
Mix together a cup of Bicarb, with 20 drops of essential oil in a container with a lid. Then using either a sifter or transfer to a salt and pepper shaker , cover your mattress in the powder.
Leave for at least an hour (longer the better) and vacuum off. This mixture works a treat under children’s beds too – leave in an open container, and it will absorb all those musty body smells (just refresh the essential oils drops on a weekly basis).
4. Vacuum your upholstery
After the bedroom, you probably spend most of the time in the living rooms, right? Same thing applies. It’s a great catcher for all the microscopic human cells, dust mites, dander, pollen etc that is floating in our indoor air. Remove the cushions and vacuum the frame, and then the cushions too. The above deodorizer recipe will work here too (as well as on carpets and rugs).
5. Ditch fragranced products
A recent study by Melbourne University concluded synthetic fragrances triggered respiratory problems for 1 in 5 people and caused migraines in 1 in 10 people.
Synthetic fragrances are a cocktail of harmful chemicals and can be found in cleaning products, candles, air fresheners, skincare products, perfumes to name a few. Fragrances emit hazardous air pollutants that we breath all day long, and when we’re spending 90% of our time indoors, it’s a smart move to remove fragranced products from the home to help keep allergy symptoms at bay.
To do this, choose green cleaning products that are fragrance free or that have had essential oils added and use beeswax candles or diffusers for essential oils.
Other quick tips to help reduce your allergy symptoms
6. Shoes off Policy – Stop tracking in dust, irritants, allergens etc. by instigating a shoes off policy. It means you’re instantly minimizing the amount of pollutants getting inside in the first place and your allergy symptoms may subside just by doing this one thing.
7. During pollen season, keep windows closed and use air conditioning/heating.
8. Keep pets outside if that’s an option.
9.Use a wet cloth when you dust to keep the dust from shifting. Use a bamboo or cotton microfibre cloth to make sure it’s picking up the small particles.
10. Remove carpet if that’s an option and replace with washable rugs, lino, timber flooring. If you’re renovating and def want carpet, choose low pile instead of high pile.
11. Reduce opportunity for mould to grow – fix leaks asap, wipe up any spills immediately (spores can start to propagate in just 24 hours), use good extraction fans in bathroom (leave on for 20 mins after you’ve finished having a shower/bath).
Are you an allergy sufferer? What do you do at home that has helped you and your family? Please let us know in the comments.