Reducing Indoor Allergens

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Spring is in the air....which means so are my allergies. Between our black lab and local flora, I'm sneezing and sniffing my way into spring most years. This year, in additional to allergy meds, I'm looking to cut down on the number of irritants in my house with these products designed to filter out sneeze-causing allergens.

Reducing Indoor allergen

While you can't control that blooming acacia tree outside your window, you can take steps to remove and decrease the allergens inside your house. Here's how:

1. Create a shoe basket.

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File this under "Things You Didn't Want to Know." If you wear shoes in the house, you are tracking in everything from bacteria and pollen to fertilizer and fecal matter. Yuck. And potentially dangerous if you have little ones crawling around on the floor. Create a shoe basket or shelf in your entryway to dramatically cut down on the number of allergens tracked into your house.

2. Use a certified asthma & allergy-friendly vacuum.

Not all vacuums are created the same - especially if you're dealing with allergies or asthma. Ideally, you want to search out a vacuum that bears the "Asthma & Allergry-Friendly" seal like the Dyson Animal + Allergy Cinetic Big Ball. This vacuum boasts whole-machine HEPA filtration and an airtight, sealed system. While other vacuums may allow microscopic particles like mold spores and pollen to make their way through to the filter and back out into your house, the Cinetic Big Ball ensures that no dirty air escapes.

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In addition, the Cinetic is designed for life with pets with a bristle bar and special attachments designed to pick up all of Fluffy's pet hair and dander from your furniture. If you've ever had a Dyson vacuum before, you know about their amazing suction and great turning radius, but this new Cinetic Big Ball is also the only vacuums with NO filters to wash! Instead, the Cinetic relies on these special tips that oscillate back and forth at 5,000 Hz, separating the microscopic dust that clogs all other vacuums. With no filters to clog (and wash), the Cinetic NEVER loses suction. I also love that this Cinetic Dyson comes with seven accessory tools including a new mattress attachment, a multi-angle brush, a soft dusting brush and an accessories bag to hold them all.

3. Invest in allergy-blocking bedding.

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Ready for gross fact #2? The average mattress contain between 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside, along with dead skin, sweat and pollen. So spending 7-8 hours a night with your face pressed into your mattress and pillow can not surprisingly cause allergies to flare up. You can help reduce your exposure to these by investing in allergy-blocking covers for your mattress and pillows that will keep these irritants from getting into your eyes, nose and skin and are easily washable.

4. Purify your indoor air.

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Keeping your windows closed and relying on air conditioning is your best bet if you suffer from spring allergies, but it's also important to purify the air with a HEPA filter to remove airborne allergens. There are a number of air purifiers on the market from this affordable desktop Holmes to larger floor models like this Germ Guardian. I also love these incognito air filters like these by Breathe Fresh Air and Alen (shown above) which will blend right in with your decor.

Here's to a sneeze-free spring!

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