Allergy Proofing Your Bedroom

You spend one-third of your life in the bedroom and, just like any part of your home, it is littered with allergens. Although you cannot completely remove allergens in your home, you could at least minimize it. Follow our tips on how to do just that in your bedroom.

Use allergy-proof bed covers and pillow cases – Enclose the mattresses, box spring, and your pillows in zippered, allergen-impermeable, mite-proof covers. You can purchase them at department stores or through mail-order companies that sell allergy-related products. Make sure that the label indicates that it permits perspiration-vapor transmission, otherwise known as breathability. Put a washable mattress pad on the allergy-proof coverings for added comfort.

Wash linens and pillows in hot water – Launder all of your linens in hot water every. It is only in hot water where dust mites are killed. Meanwhile, wash the mattress pad and blankets every two to four weeks also in hot water, and wash the mite-proof encasings as recommended by the manufacturer or every three months. If you have synthetic pillows, wash them monthly in very hot water. Take out any pillows that are of dubious age or origin.

Avoid wool and foam-rubber for your bedroom – Wool blankets and foam-rubber cushions, pillows, and mattresses attract molds, which are vicious allergens.

Avoid upholstery – Unless you could vacuum them regularly, eliminate any upholstered furniture in your bedroom such as headboards.

If possible, remove all carpeting – If not, have a non-allergic person vacuum it twice weekly.

Remove everything below the bed – Put all boxes, old shoes, knickknacks, and other junk in the basement or attic. Keeping them under the bed would only collect dust and cleaning them would become more daunting.

Replace curtains with window shades – Curtains and drapes help keep daylight out, but it also keeps the mites in. It is best to install window shades instead. However, if you still prefer curtains, at least launder them in hot water once a month. If your window has blinds, take them down and wash them monthly.

Close the bathroom door – If your bedroom has an attached bathroom, keep the humidity down by closing the bathroom door when you take a shower. Be sure to keep the bathroom’s exhaust fan running or the window open to allow moisture an easy escape outside.

Keep your pets out of the bedroom – Dust mites feast on dander, the loose skin that we and our pets shed everyday. To reduce dander, keep your pets out of the bedroom by always shutting the bedroom door to prevent pets from making a sneaky entrance.

Set a regular cleaning and laundry schedule – The decline of dust mites in your bedroom may not be noticeable after the first washing of linens, but if you wash and clean your bedroom weekly not only you kill the mites but also the larvae.

Don’t eat in bed – Cockroaches are attracted to food and will join you in the bedroom it that is where the feast is. Do not bring food in your bedroom if your home has a roach problem.

Don’t place your bed over a heating vent – A lot of dust gather at the heating vents, and since it’s inaccessible it won’t be cleaned regularly. The problem with vents is that once it is turned on, the warm air would only spread the dust particles all over, including your bed right below it.

Remove candles from the bedroom – Candles, especially the scented variety, release irritating and harmful substances even when unlit.

Keep bookcases away from the bed – Bookcases is also a convenient place for dust to gather, but to clean it you have to clean the individual books as well. It is best to keep them away from the bed, or move them out of the bedroom.