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Tips and tricks to beat airborne allergens

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Summer weather is something we all look forward to. But if you or your child are susceptible to airborne irritants and allergens, it can put a damper on things. We did some research and came up with some top tips and tricks to beat airborne allergens. 

Bust the dust 

Dust is a prime irritant in the home so it’s time to get in touch with your inner Mrs Hinch and get that hoover out! We know it’s not the most fun household task but if you do a quick run each day, it will stop the build up of dust. If you’re lucky enough to own a robot vacuum cleaner, programme it to do a daily sweep of the house so you don’t have to. When dusting, always use a damp cloth so you’re not sending dust particles into the air. 

Watch the pollen count 

Most weather stations or apps will give you the pollen count during the summer so this is a good thing to keep an eye on. That way, if you or a family member are prone to hay fever, you know what days to keep the windows closed. Never cut the grass on a day when the pollen count is high either. You will only be adding to the problem.  

Cut down on carpet 

If somebody in the family suffers from asthma or allergies, going carpet-free can be a good option. You can use wood flooring or lino in many parts of the house and it will still look good. If you must have carpet in some areas, keep it short pile or use scatter rugs which can be taken outside and beaten regularly.  

Humidify the air 

A humidifier is a great way to moisten dry air, and this can help to neutralize airborne allergens such as dust, skin particles and pet dander. Our ClevaPure Salt Lamp can be used in this way, as well as providing a comforting night light. 

Kill dust mites 

Soft furnishings are ideal hiding places for dust mites so change and wash cushion covers and throws often. Swap hanging curtains for vertical, venetian or roller blinds.  If your child has soft toys, you can kill the dust mites by placing the toy in a plastic bag and putting in the freezer for 24 hours.  

Choose the right bedding 

If you are buying a mattress, pillow, or any other bedding, it’s always a good idea to check that these are suitable for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.  Be mindful of what the item is made of and how it’s manufactured. If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to contact the brand and ask. They’ll be more than happy to help.

Keep pets out of bedrooms 

We know that pets are part of the family, but their fur and dander can be an irritant.  Limit their access to certain parts of the home. Groom as regularly as you can (preferably outside) and keep them out of the bedrooms.  

We hope these tips and tricks to beat airborne allergens will be useful. Remember, you can do this, and we can help.  

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