Eliminating Pollen from Your Apartment
Headaches, runny noses, scratchy throats and itchy eyes are all common symptoms millions of allergy sufferers endure on a regular basis. Whether you’re inside or outside, various pollens and allergens can find you. Your apartment is your sanctuary, so it should be the one place you feel most like yourself and not like a stuffy mess. If you’re sick and tired of feeling miserable, here are five keys for eliminating pollen from your apartment.
Change Your Clothes
While you’re busy working, running errands or enjoying the outdoors throughout the day, you’re vulnerable for bringing pollen home. Always change your clothes as soon as you get home, so you aren’t spreading pollen around the apartment. If you’re lucky to have a washer and dryer in your home, try and wash worn clothes as soon as you can.
Wash Your Hair
If you typically shower in the morning, changing your routine will take some adjusting, because you should wash your hair before bed. Otherwise, you’ll breathe in allergens while you sleep, since pollen will be transmitted from your hair to your pillow. You also need to change your pillowcase regularly, particularly if your allergies are specifically sensitive.
Wash the Shower Curtain
Most people don’t realize shower curtains are in the perfect location for growing mold, so they need to be washed each month. After every shower, encourage the curtain to dry faster by closing it shut completely. It’s also a good habit to run the exhaust fan when you shower, because the high humidity caused by steam provides the ideal environment for mold to produce.
Groom Your Pets
The habits of your pets can play a huge role in eliminating pollen from your home. Keep your cat indoors, because it’s usually a requirement for pet friendly apartments, it increases its overall lifespan, and it reduces the amount of allergens tracked into your home. When cats and dogs return from outside, pollen attaches to their fur, so it’s important to groom them regularly. Create a brushing zone close to your front door, and vacuum up the bits that fall onto the floor.
If your pets do have allergic reactions to pollen, this article on how to help your pets with pollen allergies from CNN could be a big help.
Clean Your Apartment
Clean apartments are practically pollen-free apartments. If allergy symptoms are a big problem for you, invest in a face mask for protection while cleaning and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to capture heavy pet dander, pollen and dust mites. Keep your kitchen trash and clutter-free to avoid attracting cockroaches, because their droppings are one of the most dominant allergens found in homes.
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