10 Ways To Reduce Allergens In Your Home And Office

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 10/19/2016

dust-on-table.pngMost of us spend the majority of each day indoors, whether at work or at home. Being indoors doesn't mean being safe from potential allergens. Below, we've shared 8 tips for reducing allergens and creating a healthier indoor environment.

1. Dust mites tend to cling to fabrics, especially textiles made from natural materials like wool and feathers. Bedding and blankets should be washed each week, in hot water to keep dust mites away. You might also consider swapping out bedding for some made of synthetic materials or just adding an allergy proof cover to bedding and pillows.

2. You can control dust on a smaller scale at your desk at work. Just get a microfiber cloth and go over the surfaces around your work station. Be sure to clean off small areas, like the keyboard, where dust collects throughout the day.

3. Opt for non-carpeted floors. It may not be possible to change your office's flooring, but if your allergies tend to flare up at home, installing hardwood or tiled floors can reduce the the allergens in your home.

4. Regular floor cleaning can lessen the amount of dust in the air. For hard surfaces, mopping or sweeping with a list cloth will take care of dust and debris. For carpeted surfaces, try a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. The filter will trap dust and other particles to clean the carpet and the air.

5. Reduce the water in the air. Preventing mold and mildew can do wonders for those who suffer from indoor allergies. Consider using a dehumidifier, be sure that bathrooms have proper ventilation, and repair leaks throughout the house immediately.

6. At home, clean out the kitchen regularly. Cleaning appliances can help prevent mold from forming. Get rid of food waste and wash dishes each day, to prevent mold and discourage bugs and rodents in the home.

7. In work kitchens, you may not want to be the one to scrub surfaces each day, but you can encourage clean habits. Office policies about cleaning dishes after using them, tossing food left in the refrigerator each week, and taking out the trash at the end of the day will help everyone to breathe cleaner air at work.

8. Close the windows! This is a simple tip, but an effective one. With most allergens found outdoors, simply closing the windows can block irritants from entering your space and aggravating allergies.

9. Use an air purifier. There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing an air purifier, so you'll be able to find one that works well at home as well as portable sizes that can be used in the office. A purifier will keep air clean and relieve many allergy symptoms.

10. Visit your eye doctor. Allergies often cause eye irritation and dryness. An eye exam and a chat with your eye doctor can help you to come up with further steps for maintaining a healthy environment.

Are you looking for an eye specialist to answer questions about your allergies? Contact Broome Optical to arrange an appointment.

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