✨ Shower and change
✨ No more feather duster
✨ Don’t dry clothes outside
Avoid drying clothes outside on high pollen days. Damp clothes catch pollen which you’ll then bring into the home and spread around. This is particularly important for bedding, there’s nothing worse than sleeping badly because you’ve been sneezing all night.
✨ Vacuum regularly
✨ Wash the sheets
Wash all bed linen on a hot cycle at least every other week (more often in summer when the pollen count is high) and invest in anti-allergen pillow for extra protection.
✨ Dust the radiators
Although we’re hoping to put our heaters away for a few months, sometimes the cold weather has a comeback which means we have to go back to our heating for a few days. Check radiators (and any other air vents) regularly for gathering dust, particularly before you first turn them on after a long period of time. Use a vacuum cleaner (one with a blower function will work even better) to keep them clean.
✨ Go for blinds
Blinds accumulate less dust and pollen than curtains. So, they’re a wise choice for anyone who suffers badly with allergies.
However, if you’re particularly attached to your curtains make sure you wash them regularly.
✨ Keep the house shut
As hard as it is in the beautiful summer months, the best way to keep pollen out of the home is to keep doors and windows closed. Try only opening them at night when pollen is at its lowest. If you can’t resist the pull of fresh air, try using a dehumidifier to discourage allergens.
✨ Ditch the flowers
Flowers look beautiful in the house, and they certainly give you a sense of spring being here. However, flowers can trigger your allergies so perhaps make do with a window box instead of a vase.
✨ Banish Pets
Generally, pets are covered in fur which makes them pollen magnets. If possible, restrict their time indoors or, at the last, time spent on soft furnishing and carpet where they can transfer pollen. If this isn’t possible, try to wipe them down with a damp cloth before they enter the house and bathe them more regularly.
Did you know: dogs can also suffer from hay fever, so it’s beneficial to them if you can limit the affects indoors.