If you have hay fever or allergic asthma symptoms throughout the year, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home. Here are some suggestions:
Bed and Bedding: Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers.
Flooring: Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring and washable area rugs.
Curtains/Blinds: Use washable curtains and replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.
Windows: Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season.
Furnishings: Avoid upholstered furniture.
Clutter: Remove items that collect dust. Store children’s toys, games, etc. in plastic bins.
Pets: Keep animals out of the bedroom. Bath pets at least once a week. Keep pets outside.
Air Filtration: Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.
Furniture: Use furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.
Plants: Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mold.
Fireplaces: Avoid using wood-burning fireplaces or stoves.
Stove: Use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture.
Sink: Wash dishes daily.
Refrigerator: Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mold growth.
Cabinets/Counters: Clean cabinets and counter-tops with detergent and water.
Food Waste: Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily.
Ventilation: Use an exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths/showers.
Walls: Install tile or paint the walls with mold-resistant enamel paint.
Shower/Tub: Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use to prevent mold.
Toilet/Sink: Scrub mold from plumbing fixtures. Repair leaks.
Foundation, Windows, and Stairwells: Repair any sources of leaks or water damage.
Air Quality: Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness and clean it once a week.
Storage: Store collectibles and clothes in plastic storage bins.
Clothes Dryer: Vent moisture outside.
Temperature/Humidity: Maintain the temperature between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C) and keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent.
Pests: Control cockroaches and mice with inexpensive traps from the hardware store.
Mold: Close doors and windows during warm weather and use air conditioning and dehumidifiers.
Weekly Cleaning Routine: Damp-mop wood or linoleum flooring and vacuum carpeting.
Smoking: Don’t allow smoking anywhere inside your house.
Source/Information: Mayo Clinic