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According to recent data, allergies affect up to 30% of adults and 40% of children in the United States. Over-the-counter medications can provide some relief, but allergies persist and are a source of discomfort and annoyance for many of us.
One place we can all agree should be a place of comfort and relaxation is our homes. However, allergies are at their fiercest in most homes from dust, pets, pollen, or even mold.
In today’s post, we’re going to talk about some common household allergens and how to protect your home against them.
Safeguard your home against mold
Mold is gross at its best and dangerous at its worst. Caused by excess moisture, the most important thing you can do to prevent mold in your home is to identify areas that are at risk.
Bathrooms, basements, and around faucets are all prone to water damage and mold. Usually, the best intervention to take is to provide proper ventilation. A well-ventilated room dries out quicker and prevents mold from growing in the first place.
Many surfaces in your home, such as wood, drywall, paper, and cardboard are all susceptible to mold growth. Use a mold-inhibiting paint to prevent the mold from growing in the first place.
Prevent indoor pollen
Protecting your home from pollen is trickier than you might think. Most of us like to open doors and windows in the summer time to let fresh air in. The problem? We inadvertently let the pollen in as well.
There are a number of ways to decrease pollen inside of your home. Using HEPA complaint filters in your home and vacuum cleaner can help.
Vacuuming often and emptying the vacuum outside can also have an impact on reducing pollen indoors.
Defend against dust mites
Arguably the nastiest item on the list, dust mites feed on dead skin and love warm temperatures and moderate humidity. This makes the interior of your home the perfect place for dust mites to thrive.
Frequently washing your bedding, dusting your home, and vacuuming with a HEPA certified filter are among the best things you can do to help reduce dust mites in the home.
Protecting against pet allergies
The most important thing you can do to prevent pet allergies is to make sure you aren’t allergic to a pet before bringing them into your home. However, if an allergy does arise, it can often be managed with the use of air and vacuum filters and a strict cleaning regimen.
Some people who suffer mild pet allergies are able to cope with them by simply making their bedroom a no-pet zone and keeping up with cleaning.
Finally, keep in mind that outdoor pets can often bring in pollen from outside. So, when letting your pets in the home in the spring and summer time, try to give them a quick brush down.
Stressed out and wishing you had room in the budget for a trip to Hawaii? Take a vacation whenever you want from the comfort of your home by creating a home sanctuary. When you have a peaceful refuge just a few footsteps down the hall you can easily take 15 minutes to yourself to relax and take the edge off whenever you like.
Start by selecting your space. You can turn a spare room or unused corner of the home into your sanctuary. When choosing a place take the foot traffic and lighting of the area into consideration. For example, you may find it distracting of your new sanctuary is across from the bathroom your family uses frequently or if there is a harsh glare at sunrise or sunset.
Decide on how you’ll spend time in this area. While you may hear sanctuary and immediately assume it’s a space for meditation or prayer this can be a quiet place for you to do any activity you find soothing. This may be reading, painting, writing or even putting a puzzle together. Once you know how you would like to utilize the room you can add furniture that will easily allow you to immerse yourself in an activity. Consider soft lighting, a desk, rug, large chair, and any tools necessary for your chosen activity. This could mean adding anything from a meditation pillow to an easel.
Handy hint: keep what you do add to the room intentional and functional. To maintain a calming environment that is easy to relax in avoid clutter from finding it’s way into this room and taking over. Add plants to bring a touch of peaceful nature to the room and purify the air. Choose soft, neutral colors to decorate with. If you are using a corner of a room for your sanctuary you can section the area off for privacy with a room divider or bookshelf.
If you don’t have space in your home for a dedicated sanctuary you can easily turn any space into a peaceful area by turning on some relaxing music and lighting some candles whose smells you find soothing. If you’re open to redecorating you can take the above tips and apply them to your living room or family den. You can even get your whole family to join in by limiting tv time and scheduling a “calm hour” for everyone to take a break and just chill.
Don’t wait all year for a two-week vacation to relax. Bring the elements that soothe your soul to your everyday routine into your home whether with a hobby like building a puzzle or setting dedicated quiet time for the whole family. When you make it simple to take a timeout from the day it’s harder to put off taking the time to relax. Your health will thank you!