Springtime brings a variety of things to look forward to: sunshine, warmer weather, playtime outdoors. However, one of the few things that could dampen the mood is, you guessed it, pesky seasonal allergies. Dreaded hay fever is triggered mainly by pollens released during late winter or early spring. It can also be triggered during the summer or fall, particularly by ragweed pollen.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, one of the things you might be craving is a sense of safety in your own home. Prepping your home to avoid outdoor allergy triggers is actually fairly easy to do! We’ve put together this list of things you can do to turn your home into a sanctuary from seasonal allergies. We’ll talk about solutions for everything from low-allergen garden plants to hypoallergenic bedding.
Let’s get started!
Assess Your Own Garden
Let’s start with the surroundings of your house. If you are susceptible to hay fever, you may need to watch out for triggers that could be right on your front lawn. Trees and grass are huge contributors to airborne pollen during allergy season. However, few people would really want to remove these garden elements due to the effort involved and because of their aesthetic value.
You can, however, easily take control of the ornamental flowers and shrubs that you have in your home gardens. Make sure to opt for low-allergen plants such as orchids, azaleas, begonias, and so on. If you are determined to get rid of your allergy-triggering tree (e.g. beech, willow, maple, elm, cedar, cottonwood, ash, aspen, etc.), there’s no need to go tree-less. Instead, you can exchange it for a low-allergen tree like eucalyptus or crepe myrtle.
Keep Your Doors and Windows Shut
This tip is probably the most obvious (yet often forgotten) point on this list. Since plenty of pollen is carried indoors by the wind, you’ll want to make sure that doors and windows are shut—especially on windy days.
You may also want to exchange your fabric curtains for blinds or shades. These latter options will still maintain privacy and shade, with the added benefit of trapping less pollen. We talked about keeping the windows shut, but we all know this isn’t entirely possible to do 24/7. If you have blinds or shades, they would at least be able to trap less pollen during the occasional times when the window needs to be open.
Vacuum Clean Regularly
Pollen is carried into the house in a variety of different ways. It could be stuck to the bottom of shoes or on clothes. Pollen can also hitch a ride on your family pet’s fur. Even if you manage to keep the windows closed 24/7, there’s still some way that pollen can get inside, stick to the carpets and fabrics of the house, and wait quietly until they trigger your allergies.
The best course of action against this would be to vacuum clean as regularly as you can. We recommend thoroughly vacuuming your home around once a week, but if you suffer from more severe allergies, you may want to vacuum clean more often than this.
Launder Clothes and Sheets Once a Week
Whether carried from the outside by clothes, shoes, the family pet, or the wind, once pollen is indoors, one of the most annoying things it does next is stick to fabric within the house. This can include your pillow sheets, throw blankets, bedsheets, day covers, comforters, mattress protectors, and any other types of fabric items in your home.
To remedy this, you would need to adhere to a regular laundry schedule of about once a week. Additionally, make sure to dry your laundry using the machine—hanging them out on the line could make them a pollen hotspot.
Change Your Air Filter
Although a well-ventilated home is good for alleviating allergies, it becomes even better when paired with a well-maintained air filter. The start of allergy season is a signal to replace your air filter more often. Though the standard frequency of changing the air filter would be every season or every few months, it is recommended that you change your air filter at least once a month during allergy season in order to limit any triggers.
Upgrade to Hypoallergenic Bedding
Allergies occur as a reaction of the immune system to foreign substances such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. As such, it is highly possible for a person to be allergic to more than one allergen on this list above. If you suffer from allergies, one of the main concerns that you might have during this season is getting quality sleep. Is it even possible, considering the added probability of allergy triggers during this time?
There are steps you can take to lessen the onslaught of allergies during this season, including upgrading your current bedsheets to hypoallergenic bedding. Dust mites, along with pollen, is a common trigger for people with allergies. The protein sericin, which is present in silk fabrics, repels this allergy-exacerbating mite. For this reason, silk is considered to be one of the best bedding materials for people with allergies, all year round.
SmartSilk™ is a leading manufacturer of Asthma and Allergy-Friendly™ bed essentials, crib essentials, pet essentials, and robes. Each SmartSilk™ product features Grade A silk that has been pulled and stretched to strict specifications to deliver a consistently amazing product experience with health benefits that you can count on. If you’re ready to know the joy of hypoallergenic bedding and get the best sleep yet, make sure to check out our bed essentials.
Beat Allergies This Spring
We hope that these tips and tricks can help you prepare for the start of allergy season this year! If you have any helpful tips of your own, let us know in the comments!