Is every season allergy season for you? When you’re allergic or sensitive to dust, it can be tough to catch a break. You constantly have to keep things tidy around the house in order to feel your best and to avoid taking daily allergy medications.
And if you’re not the tidiest person to begin with, frequent housework can get really old really fast. Are you fighting a losing battle, or is it really possible to reduce dust in your home?
Fortunately, with a few careful considerations, you can reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning and sneezing. Check out these tips to decide what will work best for you.
Replace Your Carpet
Where I live in Houston, carpet is a very popular flooring option thanks to its luxurious, timeless look. However, for those of us who suffer from dust allergies, carpets are a nightmare. The fibers are the perfect trap for dust particles, and dust can even settle down toward the carpet backing where it’s very difficult to reach, unless you have super powerful vacuum cleaners. Save yourself the strife of carpet maintenance and replace it with a much easier-to-clean hard floor option, like wood, vinyl or tile.
Buy a Robot Vacuum
It’s a good time to be alive—there are robot vacuums that take all the hassle out of cleaning your hard floors! And some models will even mop the floor as they trundle along. These smart, robotic vacuums can remove dust and dirt from the floor while you’re away at work so that you can come home to a fresh, clean home. All you have to do is periodically empty the canister of debris and push a button to get it started.
Use an Air Filter
Until it collects in a thick layer, dust is virtually invisible. That’s why it’s always a bit of a shock to see all of those little particles swirling in the air when a ray of sunshine cuts through just right. Dust is composed of dead skin cells, among other things, so you’re constantly adding more dust to the air whether you like it or not. Get a jump on the dusting process by using an air filter. You can use filters on your central heating and air conditioning system, or you can buy standalone air filters for places like your bedroom, where it’s especially important to be able to breathe easily. Be sure to replace the filters on a regular basis (every three months, or as recommended by the manufacturer) for best results.
Replace Your Window Blinds With Shades
As a dust allergy sufferer, this is no time to be worried about curtains and window treatments. These draperies just collect more dust and are a pain to clean, especially if they are too large or delicate to toss into the washing machine. Save yourself the extra work and pass on curtains.
Speaking of windows, blinds are great at trapping dust as well. It’s much easier to use a window shade, which has a solid, smooth surface that is easier to clean and has less surface area to collect dust in the first place. In the war on dust, shades are your friend.
Wash Your Walls
Surprisingly, walls can get very dusty. There’s probably a layer of dust coating your walls at this very moment. You may feel like you have better things to do than to wash your walls, but for the sake of giving your sinuses a break, plan to dust and/or wash your walls about once a month, or at least whenever that film of dust becomes noticeable again.
Do Lots of Laundry
Finally, the more hands-on part of your ongoing dust removal campaign is laundry. Wash your bedding at least once a week. Use covers on your couches and chairs so that you can easily take them off to wash. Replace the pillows on your bed as soon as they seem to be less than fresh. Wash rugs and towels and shower curtains and window curtains (if you have them) and anything else you can feasibly toss into your washing machine. Make sure your washing machine is up for the job by getting the most heavy-duty model you can afford. You don’t want it to break down quickly and leave you with piles of laundry to haul to the laundromat.
Keeping dust to a minimum is an ongoing job; that much can’t be changed. However, by removing some things from your home and investing in some smart tools, you can make it easier to do the grunt work necessary to keep you healthy.