When thinking about allergies, most of us think of springtime and the allergy-induced sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose caused from being outdoors. So come wintertime, allergies should be a non-issue, right? Wrong.
According to WebMD, many of those springtime allergens, like pet dander, mildew, mold and dust, are present 365 days a year. And during the winter, most people are spending more time inside with the windows closed and the heater cranked, which increases exposure to these allergens. And that means more:
- Itchy eyes and nose.
- Runny nose.
- Watery eyes.
- Dark circles under the eyes.
So how can you help alleviate these winter allergy symptoms? Cleaning.
Here are some cleaning tips that you can use to help minimize winter allergy symptoms caused by dust, mold, mildew and pet dander in your home.
- Reduce humidity. Keeping humidity levels low decreases dust mite and mold growth. Using a dehumidifier in damp areas can help lower the humidity in your home.
- Wash your sheets. Wash your sheets and pillowcases weekly in hot water – at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit – to kill any dust mites that may be present.
- Cover your mattress and pillows. Using special allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers can help alleviate symptoms while you sleep. Mattress encasements and pillow protectors, like the AllerZip® Smooth Mattress Encasement and AllerZip® Smooth Pillow Protector are designed specifically for allergy sufferers to provide a protective barrier against dust mites, bacteria and other allergens.
- Vacuum Regularly. Vacuuming regularly with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can help diminish allergens in the home. HEPA vacuum cleaners filter out 99.7% of small particles, leaving you with fewer allergens than a traditional vacuum cleaner.
- Bathe your pets. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends giving your pet weekly baths to reduce the presence of airborne allergens in your home.
For more tips on how to minimize sneezes and sniffles, check out these tips on how to combat seasonal allergies for healthy sleep.