At our house, three-fifths of the inhabitants have issues with allergies.
Okay, if you count the dog who takes a daily antihistamine to battle excessive butt-licking syndrome due to ragweed and grass irritation, then I guess you’d have to say 2/3.
Dudes #1 & #3 have asthma in addition to the seasonal allergies we battle with over the counter medication.
Some days, oxygen is a hot commodity around these parts so finding easy ways to reduce allergens in the home is a must for us.
We’ve tried so many things to help them with their constricted airways.
We’ve done daily treatments with the nebulizer. We’ve taken every medication for asthma and allergies purchasable with and without a prescription. We’ve even tried some more holistic treatments to help alleviate their symptoms.
The only thing that works consistently is nature deciding to be nice to us.
Even the weather can be a trigger for #3’s asthma. And, sadly, there ain’t nothing we can do about that!
But, there are some things we can do!
5 Easy Ways to Reduce Allergens Inside The Home
1. Keep your pet out of your bed. Dumb Dog is not allowed in our beds. She’s technically not even allowed upstairs (I know the little brat sneaks up sometimes) because we are trying to keep her special dog-butt-funk hair out of the carpet as much as possible. We have hardwood floors downstairs that are easy to sweep and keep clean so it’s less of an issue in that part of the house. We’re also lucky that she sheds very little anyway, total allergy sufferers score!
2. Close your windows. I know, it’s less environmentally friendly. And possibly less frugal. And, I enjoy the fresh scent of, um, fresh air as much as the next chick. But, keeping them shut helps to keep pollen out of your house. So, you have to decide what you enjoy more, the smell of fresh cut grass and sunshine, or two working lungs. Your choice.
3. Change your filters. We have been very bad about doing this. Mostly because we have a weird system that requires these custom-made-from-pig-hair-or-some-nonsense air filters, but we are working on it. Not only does keeping your filters clean help to reduce allergens inside of your home, but it also could prevent some issues with your heating and cooling system. We’ve had our air conditioner go out twice because of issues with a dirty or ill fitting filter. The local AC dudes looooove us.
4. Clean the place up. I am terrible about dusting. Ask my mother, I have been known to have dust sheep bunnies dancing around the corners of my house. This friends? Is bad. Really, really bad when it comes to allergy prevention. Dusting should occur weekly. And, you should try to do it when the allergy sufferers aren’t home. If you happen to be the one who suffers from dust related allergies, tell your spouse they have to do it because you can’t dust for medical reasons. I’ll write you a note.
5. Get an air filter. We recently received a Fellowes Air Purifier to try out. We plopped it down in the most smelly, allergy filled room of our house: the playroom. I know, it doesn’t sound like the perfect place, but the playroom is also Dumb Dog’s bedroom, and the room directly off of the kitchen, and it’s attached to the family room, making these two areas the ones The Dudes spend the most time breathing in. And, since the purifier we received removes airborne pollutants while also neutralizing germs, viruses, and particles in the air, we are hoping that the area our allergy sufferers spend the most time in is the cleanest. Asthma is the most difficult for us winter through spring so we are hoping the purifier will help a great deal with that. I’ll let you know if we get to go to the ER less this year!
Also, of note, when you get nutty, and sidetracked, and sobby because your big kids have gone back to school so that you somehow forget to add water to the microwaveable macaroni & cheese your 4yr old insists on daily, resulting in a small in-microwave fire and a bunch of in-home smoke, your air filter with it’s automatic-attack-bad-air-machinery will kick into high gear!
Sure, you’ll still probably have to crawl from your home onto your porch on all fours, and there’s nothing you’ll be able to do to keep from smelling like you were incinerated all day, but your house will be odor free in no time!
Score one for in home air purifiers!
Now, I can’t get your house cleaned on the cheap for you, but I can offer you an awesome deal on an in-home Fellowes Air Purifier. If you have been thinking about getting one, or are convinced you need one now, this is a total score!
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*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Fellowes and received a product sample to facilitate my review.