7 tips for an allergy-resistant bedroom

If your allergies are affected when you are at home, one of your problem areas is likely to be your bedroom.

It is essential to make the room less comfortable for mold, dust mites and other allergens that make you sneeze and sniffle.

1. Repel dust mites from the bed

These microscopic insects can lead to allergies and asthma. They can often be found living in your bed.

You can take some steps to get rid of them:

  • Put dust mite-proof covers on pillows, quilts, mattresses, and box springs.
  • Wash blankets, sheets, and pillowcases every week in water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry everything in a hot dryer.

2. Vacuum regularly

Carpets are a popular place for dust mites. Consider replacing it in your bedroom with hardwood or linoleum floors and washable area rugs.

If you must have rugs in your bedroom:

  • Choose a low-pile or low-lint type of nap, which has fewer allergens.
  • Clean it with a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and a double baggie every week. Wear a dust mask while cleaning so you don’t inhale the dust that floats in the air.
  • Do chores during the day, not in the evening, so the dust has a few hours to settle before you go to sleep.

3. Use light, refreshing window treatments

Say goodbye to dust catchers like heavy drapes and drapes that are dry-clean only. Try washable blinds and roller shades instead.

Wipe down window frames and glass regularly to prevent mold and mildew. Both can trigger upper respiratory symptoms if you have allergies or asthma.

4. Arrange your bedroom

Keep things simple to breathe better. Cut down on napkins and cloth. The less upholstery in the room, the better.

Move books, magazines, and decorative items to another room, to reduce dust.

Don’t store things under your bed and don’t leave dirty clothes on the floor.

5. Bedroom air protection

Dust mites and mold like a warm, humid room, but you probably don’t.

  • When it’s warm, use your air conditioner, even if the breeze outside tempts you.
  • If you live in a climate where it sweats, use a dehumidifier to keep humidity at 30% to 50%.
  • Lower the heat or turn up the air conditioner. Dust mites cannot breed in temperatures below 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Check carpets for signs of mold or mildew, especially near windows. If you notice condensation on your windows or window frames, try to find out why. Learn how to handle it so it doesn’t lead to mold.
  • Do not leave wet or sweaty clothes in the basket. This is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Empty the laundry basket every day.

You may want to try an air purification system that uses small particles or a HEPA filter to keep the air in your bedroom cleaner. These filters work in air conditioning, central heating and portable air conditioning units.

6. Make your bedroom a pet-free zone

Your pets may love to snuggle you. But the dander, saliva, and urine of furry animals can carry allergens. In addition, they can track mold and pollen from the outside. Ideally, your dog or cat should sleep elsewhere. If not, do your best to reduce lint. For example, use the vacuum cleaner more often.

7. Ban Roches

These fast bugs may appear no matter where you live — and leave behind small droppings that can cause symptoms for people with asthma, especially children.

To keep cockroaches out of your home:

  • Seal cracks and crevices.
  • Repairing leaks in pipes and faucets.
  • Try not to leave wet towels on the floor. Cockroaches breed on water.
  • Crumbs are a lure for cockroaches. Make bedrooms free from food areas.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Keep your dishes clean.
  • Hire an extermination worker if you need to.

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