Dust is inevitable. But devoting 10 minutes a day to dusting and vacuuming can help reduce dust build up. Be sure to use a damp sponge or mop (a dry cloth can stir up allergens) and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or double bag. If you’re the one with allergies, try to delegate these daily chores to another member of the family. Or, wear a dust mask and gloves while cleaning to help reduce your exposure to allergens from pet dander and dust mites.
Wash Away Allergens
To help reduce allergens from building up in your bedding, wash it in hot water (at least 130°F) every week. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for safely cleaning your bedding and dry clean it if necessary.
Check the Pollen Forecast Daily
The pollen forecast can change daily depending on a variety of factors, including the weather. The best way to be prepared is to check your local pollen forecast every day. Make sure to check for predominant pollen wherever you spend the majority of the day. For example, if your office is in a neighboring city, or even across town, use that ZIP code when you check.
Keep Allergy Meds on Hand
Of course, sometimes precautions aren’t enough. So be sure to always have your allergy medication on hand. That way, if you start sniffling and sneezing, you can take your medication and get back to enjoying your day.