Now that the long months of winter are finally coming to an end, spring is in the air. Unfortunately, for hayfever sufferers, like me, this means that pollen will be as well. Darn It!
People who have this condition know how frustrating it can be. That is why it is so important that you get your home ready to be a pollen-free zone. In this blog post, we will be focusing in more detail on just a few of the ways that you can do this. Say goodbye to runny noses and itchy eyes, whilst your in your own home atleast!
Leave As Much Pollen Outside As You Can
The last thing that you want to be doing is bringing pollen into the home if you can help it. There are a number of ways that you can leave as much of it on the doorstep as you can. To start off with, when you arrive back at home, remember to take your shoes off and leave them at the door so pollen doesn’t end up being stomped into your carpet and rugs where it is very difficult to get rid of. The same can be done for outer layers like coats. If you have a porch where you can shut the door to leave them, this is ideal. You should also change your clothes when you are back home as pollen tends to stick to them. You will probably find yourself doing plenty of laundry during the following months.
Air Out Your Home
If you don’t know the specific type of pollen that you are allergic to, it becomes a challenge to know what time your allergens have reached their peak level. However, a good general piece of information which is worth remembering is that many flowers pollinate in the morning between the hours of 5am and 9am.
If possible, you should keep your windows closed during this time, keeping the air temperature down with ventilation and air conditioning. If you are wanting to invest in one, take a look at recommended air purifiers that are great for dust here. You can open your windows again at the end of the day when there is a lot less pollen circulating around the air.
Change Your Bedding on a Regular Basis
Your hair tends to trap a lot of pollen when you go out during the day. And if you have long locks, this problem is made even worse. When you go to bed at night, this can then end up being transferred onto your pillow, disrupting your sleep all night as you have to keep sneezing and blowing your nose. When you get home, try to remember to wash – or at least rinse – your hair to keep your pillows as pollen-free as they can possibly be. You should also aim to change your bedding at least once a week – and more if this continues to be a problem for you. Sure, it involves more work, but if you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, it will all be worthwhile.
Keep Your Home As Clean As Possible
Speaking of work around the home, you should also be aiming to keep your entire home as clean as possible to tackle the pollen which gets in there. However, you need to make sure that you are doing this properly so that you aren’t wasting your time. For example, you should avoid using feather dusters as all that you will be doing is lifting dust particles into the air and letting them settle again in a different location. As an alternative, you could try using a damp cloth so that you are not only collecting the dust particles, you are also removing them. Use a vacuum cleaner on your floor, soft furnishings and any other places which are likely to gather dust and pollen. If your allergies are particularly severe, you should wear a dust mask when you are vacuuming your home. Also, rather than emptying the bag in your home bin, you should make the extra effort to transfer this outside.
Cut Back on Clutter
Spring cleaning is something that many people will be doing during the next few weeks. As well as being a great excuse to rid your home of unnecessary clutter, you are also helping to reduce the number of items which could gather dust and pollen. There is also likely to be plenty that you can pack away which you no longer need as we approach summer and the weather gets warmer such as cushions, pillows and throws. Additionally, these kinds of soft furnishings are more likely to gather the dust and pollen which causes you such problems.
If you have a dog or a cat, their fur will end up gathering pollen every time they go outside. Before allowing them back in the house again, you should brush them down and vacuum afterwards. You can also help by trimming their fur as pets with longer hair will end up gathering more. When hayfever season is at its worst, you should try to keep your pets out of your bedroom.
Consolidate Your Trips Outside
Rather than constantly going in and out of the house all the time, you should try to consolidate your trips as much as possible. So, if you need to run some errands, plan them out in advance, The more you go in and out, the more pollen you will bring into your home and the more cleaning you are going to need to do.
So, there you have some easy-to-follow advice which will play a big part in keeping your home as free of dust and pollen as possible. Of course, you will still be taking all your regular medication, but these steps will help to reduce your suffering while you are inside your own home. You are going to have to put in some extra effort, but if this stops you from sneezing all spring, it has to be worth it!