Many people think that the outdoors are where the majority of allergens are, but your home, especially your bedroom, may also have considerable amounts of substances and microorganisms that cause allergies. As these allergens, like dust mites, mold spores, animal dander, etc., run rampant, they result in a barrage of symptoms, including itchy eyes, cough, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, headache, and scratchy throat. If you suffer from allergies, one of the first things that health experts suggest is checking your bedroom thoroughly and taking action to reclaim your sanctuary from these nasty bedroom allergens.
5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Bedroom
Here is a look at 5 of the best ways to reduce bedroom allergens and minimize allergies:
- Use Allergy-resistant Bedding: You spend the majority of your time in bed, so it makes sense to change your bedding by using materials that are hypoallergenic and organic. This simple change can be a major help in reducing the number of allergens in your bedroom. Get a dust mite cover that has a 6-micron barrier, hypoallergenic pillows (filled with cotton or a washable cotton alternative), and anti-allergy bedding made of cotton, organic cotton or bamboo. Nowadays, there are also hypoallergenic blankets and comforters – go for those made of hypoallergenic down, pure wool or silk.
- Maintain Proper Humidity Level: Maintaining the humidity levels in your home is important. When your bedroom’s air is too dry, it can irritate your throat, nose, and eyes, and exacerbate symptoms of allergy. Air that is too moist, on the other hand, can result in unwanted growth of mold and mildew. The ideal humidity range is 30 to 50% – you can use a hygrometer to check yours. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier in your bedroom if the humidity is too low or too high and create a sweet spot in the place you spend most of your time in. During pollen season, make sure to keep your windows closed and use air conditioning instead.
- Use an Air Purifier: Designed to cleanse the air of irritating particles, fumes, and contaminants that may contribute to the symptoms you experience, air purifiers are an important appliance to have in your bedroom to reduce allergies and a number of other respiratory conditions. An air purifier will not only help in preventing your allergy symptoms but also in improving the overall quality of your indoor air, making not only your bedroom but your entire home a healthier place to live.
- Keep Your Bedroom Clean: Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies, and you will not believe the amount that exists in your bedroom, and the rest of your home. Keeping your bedroom and the rest of your home clean is extremely important to reduce allergens. You should make it a point to vacuum and dust your rooms on a regular basis or as often as possible. Remember to use a vacuum cleaner that comes with an attached HEPA filter and also opt only for non-toxic cleaning products. In fact, it is a good idea to use a homemade cleaner prepared with vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice – this can work wonders in reducing and preventing dust allergy.
- Eliminate Clutter: Do you realize that all those trinkets, half-used lotions, old magazines, books, etc., on your nightstand, are dust magnets? Additionally, throw pillows are a haven for bedroom allergies and their dust collection adds up as you often just toss them on the floor. Keeping your bedroom clutter-free is an important step in minimizing the presence of allergens in your bedroom and other areas to minimize the allergy symptoms you experience.
Your bedroom is your personal sanctuary – the place you go to when you want to relax and have some peace and quiet. But when it is filled with allergens, the last thing you will do is relax. Making it an allergy-free zone is important so that you can breathe easier and get a good night’s sleep at all times. With the tips above, you can take the steps needed to keep allergens away from your bedroom and make it your haven once more.