Tips for Keeping Your House Non-Allergenic

· March 20, 2019

Even though you may not notice it, every day you are feeding millions of mites that hide in different areas of your house. They’re responsible for unleashing a lot of allergic reactions that could affect one’s health. In today’s article we’ll be showing you how to keep your house non-allergenic.

The existence of these mites explains why so many families nowadays regularly suffer from rhinitis, dermatitis or allergic asthma, and many other conditions.

Eating in bed or on furniture, not keeping things tidy, and waiting weeks to dust are all common ways to feed these tiny bugs, which can easily spread in different environments.

That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to cleanliness throughout the entire house, and to try to make your house non-allergenic ways in order to prevent disease. Here’s how…

Keeping your house non-allergenic

An unmade up bed.

Beds are one of mites‘ favorite places because they have the perfect environment to survive and easily spread.

Sweat, heat, and small skin flakes create the perfect environment for developing the most common types of allergies.

To reduce this risk, it’s best to use 100% cotton bed sheets. You should wash these every week with hot water (149 degrees F).

Pillows, quilts and bedspreads can be washed every 6 months, but it’s a good idea to shake them out every day and hang them in a well-ventilated area.

Avoid letting your pets go into your room. They carry mites and shed hair which could create sensitivities in individuals with allergy problems.

If you put these things into practice then you’ll be able to keep this part of your house non-allergenic.

See also: Great Ways to Disinfect Your Bedroom Naturally

Caring for your kitchen

A woman in her kitchen.

This room needs special attention because different bacteria can also appear, along with the mites. This is where moisture, heat, and food remnants become concentrated, and this makes it a perfect place for these critters to spread.

To prevent heat and moisture, cook with your pots covered. This will reduce steam.

Whenever possible, have some way to ventilate the area to move the air around. This will reduce condensation that forms when several different substances accumulate.

After washing plates, make sure you dry them before storing them away. It’s also important that you seal all food in hermetically-sealed jars, preferably glass ones.

Counter tops, the floor, walls, and any other kitchen surfaces, must be disinfected every day to get rid of bacteria and to prevent cockroaches or ants from invading.

The bathroom

Someone cleaning the toilet.

Both the shower and the toilet accumulate moisture which, after a few days, will become dirty and create the perfect home for germs.

To prevent this moisture from spreading to other areas of the house, make sure you keep the door closed and use floor mats. Wash these mats regularly because when they absorb water, then that will be a breeding ground for mold or allergens.

After using the bathroom it’s best to dry all the surfaces well. This will prevent mold from forming, and cockroaches from entering. When washing these areas, it’s a good idea to use natural ingredients, like vinegar and lemon, rather than conventional detergents.

The living room

How to keep the living room of your house non-allergenic.

When you don’t clean regularly to eliminate dust and other bacteria, this family room can hold several mites and other microorganisms.

Things to think about for this part of the house are:

  • Type of flooring
  • Soft or cushion coverings
  • Curtains
  • Pets
  • Decorations

Read more: Seven Tips for Cleaning Tile Floors

To keep this part of your house non-allergenic, then you should clean or vacuum the floor daily, because this is where a large amount of dirt and general filth accumulates.

Cushions can be covered with cotton sheets for easy, regular washing. Or, you could also use a special cover.

One good option is to choose leather furniture because this type of furniture is the easiest to clean.

All decorations or living room areas need to be dusted at least 3 times a week in order to eliminate dust and pollen.

Pets should not get up on furniture, and, if possible, they should be kept away from the living area. If suffering from frequent allergies, it’s best to see a doctor before deciding to have a pet in the house.

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