If you or your family members experience allergy difficulties, it can make decorating your home a little more difficult. While you may want to create a stylish and inviting space, many common pieces of décor can attract dust and other allergens, which can result in breathing issues and other typical symptoms.
However, it’s still possible to create a personal touch for your home, and keep it safe from allergens. Read on for some everyday suggestions to try out.
Swap pretty pillows for dust mite covers
While having a mound of colorful pillows can look lovely and inviting, they’re also a big magnet for dust mites, a common source of allergic reactions. Even if you remove and clean pillow covers on a regular basis, these can still leave dust mites within the pillows themselves, which can result in common symptoms such as red, sore eyes, a runny nose, itchy eyes and face, and even facial swelling and pain, in extreme cases.
Instead, opt for dust mite covers, which prevent dust mites from making a home in your pillows in the first place. You can also find similar covers for bedding and other soft furnishings, to keep your home safe throughout.
Skip candles and fragrances for cleaner air
While scents from candles, diffusers, incense and other forms of indoor fragrance can appeal to some, if you are particularly sensitive to fine particles in the air, then they may only increase your allergic symptoms.
There are many other ways to make your home smell and feel refreshing and welcoming however, with systems designed to improve air quality from a company like Action Furnace. You have several options to choose from, depending on what suits your needs best, including air purifiers, that can remove common odors and contaminating particles such as carbon from the air, or HEPA filters, that can extract a variety of particles, including pet dander, dust and other irritants.
Wipe down surfaces regularly
As dust tends to settle on any kind of surface over time, the best way to keep your home clean and free of it is with regular cleaning. Try to clean common surfaces at least a few times a week to prevent the accumulation of dust. Areas that attract more debris, such as areas exposed to doorways and entrances, should be cleaned daily if possible.
Dust is also more likely to settle on fabric surfaces, so it’s worth swapping fabric upholstery for leather, which can be cleaned much more easily. A simple mix of soap and water is all you need to gently clean leather surfaces, and of course, you may want to choose a non-fragranced version of soap to avoid irritation, if you are sensitive to scents.
With several simple ways to keep your home clean and minimize common irritants, it’s possible to create a safe and welcoming place where you can relax, comfortable in the knowledge that you and your family feel at your best.
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