Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the makers of REACTINE®. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Not that I am excited about getting into the whole Spring cleaning frenzy or anything of the sort, but winter has been very long and I for one am anxious to get my windows open and chase out the stuffy smell of winter. As an allergy sufferer this is a bitter-sweet time for me. Moving right into allergy season isn’t the only thing that affects me. Oh the dust! Building up, inside the house from the heating system all winter long. I am constantly looking for tips to help provide some relief of the sneezing, stuffed nose and sinus headaches that are brought on by allergens. Here are a few housecleaning tips that I have found to help reduce the allergy triggers.
1. First line of defense is attacking the bedding. Pay attention to the fabrics used in your bedding, some (wool, down) can trigger your allergies. Replace these culprits with a more hypoallergenic blend (cotton, silk). Washing the bedding in very hot water kills dust mites (I know but we all have them) and if you can’t get your water hot enough, throw the bedding into the dryer for half hour to an hour, then wash them.
2. We’ve all seen how the dust flies out of the cushions when plumping them up, right? Well, throw cushions, drapes and stuffed animals are prime allergens and should be cleaned every few months. If the fabric isn’t water friendly, then try an anti-allergen fabric spray.
3. When you’re dusting the furniture, using an electrostatic duster to trap the dust and preventing it from becoming airborne will be a huge help in keeping those allergy symptoms at bay.
4. You may think you don’t have mold and mildew around the house, but chances are you do and they can be causing your allergies to act up. Eliminate these bad boys using a mildew-removing cleaner and breathe easier.
5. We all have to be able to live within our environment and that means finding ways to reduce the allergy symptoms so we can function daily. Using a good quality allergy relief medication can help reduce the allergen affects and let you function normally. Reactine® has been my go-to allergy medication. Not only does it start to work fast (20 minutes or so) it also lasts for 24 hours so I only need to take one a day!
Check out this allergy guide for more information on understanding your allergies.
Do you or someone in your family suffer from allergies? What housecleaning tips do you have that can help releive some of the symptoms?