Have you noticed lately that you’ve been sniffling, sneezing, or constantly dealing with stuffed nose? Well, these are just a few signs that you have allergies which can be bothersome if you want to get a good night’s sleep at night. The likely culprit for your sniffles is the allergen present in your bedroom which is where you tend to spend a lot of time in your home. As a matter of fact, we spend around seven to nine hours in bed every day, so you need to do some serious thinking on how to make your bedroom allergen-free.
Fortunately, making your bedroom free from allergens shouldn’t be that hard. As a matter of fact, here are a few steps that you should start with.
Vacuum your bedroom regularly
If your bedroom has a carpet, or you let your pet run around your sleeping quarters, it is important that you vacuum your space regularly with HEPA filter. You can also replace your carpets with hardwood floors instead or perhaps area rugs that can be easily removed to be dry-cleaned and washed as needed.
Wash bedding in hot water
It’s important that you wash your bedding in hot water at least once a week to kill off any bacteria, dust mites, and even bed bugs too. The ideal temperature is 130 degrees, but if you can’t, put your bedding, bed sheets, pillowcases, and bedcovers should be tumbled dry in the dryer for 15 minutes on high heat.
Leave your shoes in the doorway
To minimize the amount of pollen present in your house, it’s best to leave your shoes in your doorway. Wipe off the soles of your shoes on your door mat and remove them before entering your living room. Not only will you reduce the amount of pollen that you bring inside, but you’ll also prevent tracking more dirt into your home.
Clean up your diffuser and humidifier regularly
It’s nice that you have a diffuser or a humidifier in your home, but when you see mold forming in them, you will need to start cleaning it up as soon as soon as possible. According to the EPA, molds in your humidifiers and even your diffuser can cause inflammation in your lungs which can trigger an allergic reaction on your end. When cleaning your equipment, you should wipe it dry every after use, then fill it up with fresh water. On the third use, clean it using a dish soap.
Another tip to help you remove or at least reduce allergens in your home is to remove the clutter in your space as much as possible. Remove any books, magazines, trinkets, and lotions from your desk that you don’t need. You should also do the same with your throw pillows too, because they can harbor dust mites as well. And because these pillows tend to fall from your bed, they can also pick up dirt too. That said, you should consider removing them if you don’t need them anymore.
Cover mattresses and pillows in dust-proof covers
Invest on dust-proof covers for your pillows as well as your mattresses to protect them against dust and pollen. Another plus to having dust covers is that they are waterproof as well. This means that even you spilled some liquid in your mattress, you won’t ruin it.
Reducing the amount of allergens in your home is one way to save you from the sniffles and sneezing that you are reduced to every time you get home. This way, you’ll be able to sleep better at night too.