If you are red-eyed and sniffly and overall miserable, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. We love spring… but not the accompanying allergies. Combat the season by turning your bedroom into an allergen-free sanctuary. Here are our top ten tips on how to allergy proof your bedroom:
1. Outfit your bed in the purest materials.
The best way to get ride of bed allergies? Make sure you are sleeping in the purest materials possible. Our sheets are made of the finest organic cotton—made without formaldehyde or other skin-irritating chemicals.
2. Clean your floor.
Wood floors are best, as they are the simplest to keep clean. If you like a rug underneath your bed, opt for a washable one. Aim to throw it in the wash monthly during most of the year, and biweekly during allergy season. If you have carpeting or a rug that’s not washable, vacuum it frequently.
3. Dust, dust, dust.
Your dresser, your television, or nightstand… Dust it all with a damp cloth every day or two.
4. Buy the right pillows and duvet inserts.
Bed allergies can also be caused by the materials in your pillows and duvets. You want pillows and duvet inserts that are washable and hypoallergenic. Wash the inserts and pillows seasonally.
5. Cover your mattresses and pillows with allergen-free casings.
Your mattress should be covered with an allergen-free casing. The allergy-prone should get some for pillows, too. Those can be washed weekly, right along with your sheets.
6. Close your windows.
Allergy attacks at night can be avoided by closing the windows. We love fresh air, too… just not in springtime when the pollen is roaming free.
7. Change your A/C filter.
You should change it at least once a year. Otherwise you’re inviting dust right into the room. Not only will this help with an allergy-proof bedroom, but it will help your whole house.
8. Put away your humidifier.
We love the humidifier for those extra-dry winter nights. But once spring hits, you want to keep the humidity in the room below 50% to prevent molds that can cause allergy attacks at night. Store it away till the fall.
9. Avoid fragrance.
Keep the scented candles and air fresheners out of the bedroom. Limit perfume use as well. These fragrances may irritate your airways and make allergies and asthma worse.
10. Make your room a no-smoking zone.
Just one of many reasons to stop smoking: It will exacerbate your allergies.