Here's How to Make Your Home Allergy-Free and Eco-Friendly
A recent study published in the journal, Lancet Planetary Health, found that airborne pollen counts and pollen season duration have increased over the past 20 years, together with the increase in temperature. Nature is quite impossible to control, but there are ways that we can take to live in a home that is less triggering of allergies, and is also good for the Earth.
Going to an allergist may be the first thing to do at the first sign of allergic symptoms. Once you know what’s causing the itching, rashes or congestion, you can easily employ strategies to avoid it. Here’s how:
Buy an air purifier
There are HEPA filters and purifiers out there that are not only capable of removing microscopic allergens in the air, but are also environment-friendly. One is the Molekule, a state-of-the-art air purifier that is the first to use Photo Electro-Chemical Oxidation (PECO) technology, which helps destroy allergens on a microscopic level. It is made from aluminum, and can be stored anywhere inside your home.
Declutter your home
One way to have a less toxic and allergy-free home is to get rid of clutter, furniture and unnecessary decor that attracts dust. If you don’t want to throw or give those decors away, consider switching up your accessories seasonally and refresh periodically.
Know which chemicals are present in your home
While it’s unrealistic to steer clear of everything that could potentially be harmful, experts who design eco-friendly homes and businesses recommend avoiding anything with AZO dyes, softeners or fire retardants, PVC, pthalates, and VOCs. These are commonly present in home furnishings that are made with synthetic materials. Instead, look for things that are made with natural fibers that are grown and not made, and see if they’re made responsibly and have certain certifications.
Switch out your window treatments
If you’re allergic to dust, avoid fabric curtains as they are dust collectors. Faux wood and PVC blinds are also a no-no if you have allergies. Switch to bamboo or wood window treatments instead.
Get rid of carpets
Allergy sufferers should avoid carpeting. Cork flooring is the best for allergy sufferers because it is both naturally antimicrobial and fire retardant. However, if you must install carpeting, wool is a better option. Choose carpet squares instead of the traditional wall-to-wall carpeting because with tiles you can just replace one if it gets worn out, saving you bucks.
Get a good vacuum cleaner
A good vacuum cleaner is a necessity no matter what type of flooring you have. Get one that has twice the suction of any cordless vacuum for a truly deep clean, and those that can capture over 99% of microscopic dust particles. Also, get a vacuum cleaner that can also be used to clean every surface, from upholstery to crevices, for dusting, etc.
Prevent mold before it starts
Molds can appear at any time of the year. We suggest that you use a dehumidifier in low ventilation areas of the home like basements. When it comes to bathrooms without windows or adequate ventilation, a heated towel rack will help prevent mold and mildew growth.
Change your bedsheets regularly
Look for beddings that are free of dyes and synthetic chemicals. Look for fabrics that are made from organic fibers, as they are cooler, which is ideal for people who get sweaty at night. There are also bed sheets that are specifically made for allergy sufferers. Also, be sure to cover your pillows, mattresses and box springs with anti-allergy covers. It not only protects your skin, but it also extends the life of your linens.
Avoid irritants in your detergents
Washing your sheets in hot water 130 degrees and up will kill dust mites. Avoid heavily perfumed and chemically formulated detergents.
Use safer paints
While a freshly-painted wall looks great, sometimes it’s not easy on the respiratory system. Choose a low odor and low VOC paint as it is safer on the skin, the lungs, and the environment.