by Alegria Alano
If you have carpets in the bedroom, make sure you vacuum with a machine that has a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) at least once or twice a week. A HEPA filter is designed to remove over 99% of airborne particles and will trap allergens in the vacuum rather than shoot them back out into the air.
If you are yet to choose flooring, hardwood is the most hypoallergenic option. But if you have your heart set on carpet or a rug, choose a style with a tight weave that is less likely to trap allergens in the spaces between the fibers. Low-pile rugs that can regularly be washed in hot water will also help to prevent mites from burrowing into your carpet, and the hot water wash will also ensure they are eradicated.
If you don’t have a filtered air conditioning system or fan in the bedroom, you can invest in a specialized HEPA air filter. These devices are also effective at reducing the humidity in your home which also helps limit mold and mildew build-up.
Choose Fragrances Wisely
Fragrances are also problematic because manufacturers aren’t required to list the ingredients that make up the fragrance. This is due to a dated legal loophole designed to protect secret perfume formulas. However, this does little for consumers who are concerned about allergens in their fragrances. The best thing to do is to keep scents in your bedroom simple. Consider using products with as few ingredients as possible, and choose scents that aren’t known allergens – such as lavender, which can also help lull you to sleep.
Instead, keep your bedroom décor simple and neat, and store your things inside cupboards and drawers. This will help to keep them dust-free and make it easier to clean regularly. Not to mention the calming effects of sleeping in a simplified space.
Air Out Your Mattress