By Alison Kero
If you suffer from allergies, you know how miserable they can make you. Allergies can severely impede on your quality of life. Your bedroom should be a space where you rest and rejuvenate, not a space where sneezing and wheezing occurs nightly.
So it makes sense to take whatever steps you can to allergy-proof your bedroom. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, removing potential health hazards still makes a lot of sense.
For those who want to enjoy better health, this is the ultimate guide to conquering allergies in your bedroom. Here are a few simple, affordable steps that anyone can do today for fewer sniffles.
It’s amazing what you’ll find when you start to remove clutter. True, occasionally you discover a lost gem amongst the rubble, but usually it’s a bunch of stuff you don’t want, like, use, or need.
Unfortunately, much of what you don’t want or need can also contribute to allergies or health problems. High on the list of culprits are:
- Dirt and dust. While dust bunnies sound cute, there’s nothing cute about sneezing.
- Mold and mildew. Both mold and mildew go far beyond unsightly to creating a potential health threat.
- Bugs and vermin. Not only are they gross and at times a carrier of disease, but some also can cause a lot of destruction within your home.
So get organized and remove all the clutter. Books and magazines are dust magnets and should not be stored in the bedroom. Maintain clear surfaces so you can easily dust them.
Keeping your bedroom simple and free of clutter will not only ward off allergies but will improve the quality of your sleep. When you’ve removed all the clutter, you’re ready for your next steps.
Cleaning your bedroom regularly also will help eliminate many allergies. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and a double bag. Do this at least once a week to prevent dust from piling up.
If your allergies are severe, consider getting an air purifier for your bedroom. Just remember to replace all HEPA filters regularly to continue enjoying the benefits.
While fresh air might seem best, if it’s allergy season outside, all you’ll be doing is inviting misery to join you inside your bedroom. Allergens like dust mites and mold also love hanging out in warm, damp spaces so make sure your bedroom is cool and dry.
That’s why it’s wise to invest in an air conditioner. With proper maintenance, which includes cleaning the filter, an air conditioner will help keep the air allergy free. In addition, dust mites don’t thrive in temperatures between 68 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
A dehumidifier will also serve as a lifesaver for allergy sufferers who live in humid climates. Common allergy triggers, such as dust mites and mold, prefer humidity.
It’s not enough to clean your bedroom often or even keep it free from clutter. Allergens can easily get trapped anywhere there’s material. So you have to be careful about how you decorate your bedroom. Here are some simple tips.
Hardwood floors are best when you suffer from allergies. They are easy to clean and allergens can’t get trapped in the floor like they can with carpeting. Stone and ceramic tiles also work but can hold dirt.
If you do choose to have carpeting, select a low-pile or low-nap style of carpeting. You can also select a small area rug with low-pile carpeting.
Blinds are not a great choice in bedrooms. They collect dust but are not so easy to clean. Just as troublesome are heavy, dry-clean-only drapes.
Try washable curtains and roller shades instead. They are easy to clean and come in so many styles, you’ll be able to find the perfect window dressings for your bedroom.
When it comes to fighting allergies, not all bedroom furniture is made alike. Some fabrics on furniture will attract and trap dust and mites. To avoid inviting unwanted guests, or giving yourself extra cleaning work, try these types of materials for the furniture in your bedroom.
Wood is a great material to use in your bedroom. It won’t attract mites, and while dust may settle onto the wood, it’s not a cleaning hassle. Just keep your wooden furniture free from clutter.
Leather also works well in the bedroom. Leather chairs look amazing and also won’t attract unwanted guests.
While pets are cute and cuddly, they can also be your worst nightmare if you suffer from allergies. Did you know that the dander, saliva, and urine from pets contain allergens? Worst of all, when pets climb up on your bed to snuggle with you, they’re bringing all that with them.
So if you have pets, keep them out of your bedroom. If that’s not a possibility, get a powerful vacuum and put it to work as often as needed.
No one likes feeling miserable, sneezing, or suffering for no reason. Even if you don’t have allergies, these tips will help you to make your bedroom a safe and healthy haven to enjoy for years.
Did we miss any allergy tips? What else have you done that worked for your allergies? Share your favorite tips below!
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