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How to Remove Allergens in the Home

Removing Allergens in the Home Many people suffer from allergic reactions due to variety of allergens found in their homes. Types of substances that create an allergic reaction include mold and mildew, pet dander, dust, cockroaches, and some types of fungus. Recent studies also suggest that many of the cleaning agents we use in our homes also create allergic reactions.

The key to creating a healthier home is to be able to identify the causes of the allergies by doing a home allergy test and then remove the unwanted allergens.

Surprisingly, about 25% of all people have a negative reaction to something found in their home. To combat those unwanted allergies, we have outlined the following recommendations:

  • Keep your rugs and carpets clean. An obvious dust and dust mite collector, make sure to vacuum your carpets on a regular basis, especially if you have pets.

  • Use natural cleaning products. Avoid excessive chemical use in the home; this includes air fresheners and floor and surface cleaners. There are many non toxic alternatives that work equally as well.

  • Keep your home well ventilated. Airborne allergens are among the most prevalant, and quality ventilation is critical in creating cleaner indoor air.

  • Invest in a quality air purification system. Ventilation is a great start, but a quality air purification system can reduce a significant amount of the irritating airborne particles, especially in the winter when ventilation is impractical.

  • Use allergy-reducing filters while heating and cooling your home, and replace them often. The best bet is to use HELPA air filters on both your heating and air conditioning systems.

  • Pet owners should bathe their pets weekly if possible. This can reduce home allergens by almost 85%.

  • Reduce the relative humidity in your home to below 60%. This helps to prevent dust mites. A dehumidifier should do the trick, although your climate where you live will have an impact.

  • Take your shoes off when you enter your home. You transfer pollen and even pesticides into your home each time you don’t.

  • Don’t smoke indoors. If you must smoke, do it outside, not in your car and certainly not in your home.

    A completely allergy free home may not be possible, but the tips outlined above are all effective in reducing most allergens. For those with continuing allergy problems, check out our natural cures for allergies page.

    A healthy home will take persistence and effort to maintain, however a lifestyle built on natural health concepts and naturally healthy products will give you a good start and help to create a home that everyone can be proud of.

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