Five Tips for Reducing Household allergens

This is the time of year when the trees change color, leaves fall, and the sweaters get pulled on.  This is also the time of year pine trees bloom, mold spores fly and seasonal allergies come out.  Rather than sniffle your way through autumn, try these tips to maximize your health and enjoy the beauty of this colorful season: 1.  Replace goose down with wool. This important (and easy) step reduces indoor allergens because dust mites tend to accumulate in down bedding, such as pillows and comforters.  Wool is naturally dust-mite resistant and feels a lot like down so it’s a great alternative, and helps keep your sneezing to a minimum. 2.  Keep your air clean. You should be changing the air filter to your house heater monthly, but when the weather changes and those heaters kick on, they can also kick out a lot of dust.  By using a HEPA air filter in conjunction with your household heater, you can keep that dust from getting to you.  Make sure you select the right size HEPA filter for your environment (there’s no need to purchase a huge filter when you only need to filter a small area).  An added bonus is that a good HEPA air filter will help with lingering odors from pets to food. 3. Keep your yard free of leaves. Although the beautiful fall leaves outside can be picturesque, be sure to keep your yard and surrounding areas clear. Fallen leaves provide an ideal home for mold spores to thrive in because of the wet, mucky conditions.  When leaves and leaf residue are tracked in the house the accompanying invisible mold gets in every crack and corner, ensuring you an allergy flare up. 4.  Vacuum daily. No one likes to vacuum, but if you notice that your eyes are itchy and you are sneezing a lot, it may help to vacuum more often.  Vacuuming helps keep control of the loose dust, pet hair, and other allergens that will float around the house.  Use a vacuum that has a built in HEPA filter and a washable canister.  If the filter starts looking clogged, either clean it or replace it, (depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations) to keep it working efficiently. 5.  Toss out the old innersprings. Innerspring mattresses, which a majority of mattresses are, are the perfect hiding spot for mold, mildew, and dust-mites.  By replacing your old innerspring mattress with a natural rubber mattress, which is naturally dust-mite resistant, you will be getting rid of a huge contributor to household allergens.  If you can’t afford a new mattress right now, the second best thing is to put a dust-mite cover over your mattress (we sell them for pillows, too) to keep the existing allergens away from your skin, and to stop new ones from gaining access to your bed.