Now that we're sweltering in the summer heat (100 the past few days), I'm just glad the spring allergy season is finally over. Two of my kids and I suffer from seasonal allergies, and my son is a chronic asthmatic. I also have severe indoor allergies through the winter, so I'm in my one good season! There are many things I have to do to keep my home clean and manageable, so I thought I'd share 3 ways I keep my home allergy-friendly. These are things I do consistently, all year-round:
1) Avoid clutter: I've never been a knick-knack person, but having lifelong allergies (not to mention rambunctious children) cements it for me. I don't have of a lot of things sitting around that collect dust, which helps my indoor allergies (I'm worst with dust and mold), and I don't have “collections.” An added bonus? Not much for me to dust!
2) Focus on the bedroom: It's where you spend the most time each day, and it can be a real problem for those with indoor allergies. I vacuum regularly, keep the floor and surfaces clutter-free, and keep fabric to a minimum (we have blinds and no upholstered furniture in there).We also have a Cal King-sized bed, which is huge, but I need a quilt/coverlet that can fit in my washing machine so I can stay sneeze-free in the mornings. Make sure you wash your bedding in temps over 140 degrees–HOT–to kill any dust mites, and do it regularly. I have allergy covers on my mattress and avoid extras like tons of extra pillows and a bedskirt. I know, it's not as hotel-pretty as it could be, but it keeps me healthy.
3) Keep outdoor allergens outdoors: Most frugal bloggers will tell you to open those windows and let the fresh air in–but you can't when you have allergies! If I let the pollen, grass clipping, etc. in, then we all suffer,especially my asthmatic son. I manage with a combination of ceiling fans (cleaned regularly) and running the air conditioner. I have to run it during the spring and fall when others might open the windows; since I know my electric bill is higher than most, I do what I can to save on all my other expenses. We also shower at night to get the pollen and other ickies off before going to sleep.
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