There are few things in life more frustrating than allergies – the red eyes, itchy throat, runny nose and even hives and breathing difficulties. And if there’s anywhere that should be a refuge from allergies, it’s the sanctuary of the bedroom. So how do you go about allergy-proofing your room? Here are three tips to get you on your way to good and restful health.
On average we spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it should be an allergy-free experience. To really allergy-proof that room, start with the bedding. Your mattress, pillow and quilt are the most likely places for dust mites to reside and these are the critters that commonly trigger allergies and asthma.
Consider upgrading to natural fibres such as wool quilts and pillows to make the dust mites a little more unwelcome. Wool bedding companies such as MiniJumbuk specialise in anti-allergen bedding (click here to see their range). And remember to wash your linen often. If you really wish to make life tricky for those little nasties, you can get dust mite-proof covers for quilts, pillows and mattresses.
Carpet is another common home for dust mites, so if possible go with hardwood or tiled floors. If carpet is a must, again it’s time to turn to natural fibres and choose a short pile instead of long.
Carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week, and don’t forget to get under the bed. Use a vacuum cleaner with a good filter and double bag if necessary to avoid breathing in excess dust.
Wooden or tiled floors should be swept and mopped at least once a week and while you’re cleaning, remember to remove dust from your bed frame and regularly flip your mattress. Don’t forget to also dust your curtains, blinds and fans too.
De-clutter and air
Where there’s dust, there’s dust mites so de-clutter your bedroom. After all this is the place where you sleep, not the local museum. Ensure you do not store items under your bed in order to eliminate dusty hidey-holes. It’s great to have books in the home but don’t keep them in piles next to or under the bed as they are also a haven for dustmites.
Any items you do have in the bedroom should be dusted once a week, including dusting off bedside lamps with a damp cloth. Don’t forget behind and under the bedside tables.
Lastly, remember to blow out the cobwebs. Regularly allow fresh air and sunlight into the room by opening up the windows and doors. Another common trigger for allergies is mould, so allow in natural light and air to really dry the room out.
Allergies are no fun to live with and if you know someone who suffers them, you’ll have witnessed the negative impact they can have on one’s wellbeing. The good news is they can be combated, it just takes the right weapons and a commitment to having a dust-free zone.
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