Sep 21, 2017
Lots of folks make it a point to watch the pollen and mold count before venturing out the front door. But allergens aren’t exclusively an outdoor phenomena. When the problem is inside your house, allergy season can become a year-round affair.
A recent article by Megan Mertz in St. Louis Magazine explored this issue with local professional organizer – and allergy sufferer – Amanda Rickers. A few of her tips for keeping allergies under control are below.
-- Simplify. Clutter doesn’t just make your house unattractive. It can also make a good fall cleaning that much tougher. Nooks and crannies are great places for mold, dust and other allergens to hide.
-- Watch the chemicals. Your first instinct might be to buy up an entire shelf of cleansers and scrub until every surface gleams. But remember, cleaners are chemicals and those with sensitivities might experience reactions to them. Rickers recommends alternative solutions like vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
-- Monitor Fido or Fluffy. You may think that your four-footed friend is okay to have around because you don’t have a dog or cat allergy but your pet’s fur or bedding may be harboring pollen, tiny dust mites or other potential problems that can be inhaled by humans. Rickers recommends regular washings and shampoos as well as putting the master bedroom off-limits to any animal friends.
-- Get a green thumb. While some flora can be a cause of allergies, many houseplants can actually help clean the air. However, Rickers does caution that this answer may be a good one for those with mold allergies.
-- Keep down the damp. The changeable weather in St. Louis means that some days the air will be wetter than others. But buying a dehumidifier can go a long way to helping to cut down on growth of both mold and mites who enjoy moist environments.