Summer is in full swing here in Las Vegas which means we’re spending lots of time outdoors- at the park, in the backyard and soon, in the pool. We’ve been having a lot of fun, but thanks to our allergies, we’ve also been sneezing- a LOT.
While we can’t do anything to remove the allergy triggers found outside of our home, we can work toward making the INSIDE of our home allergy-free! I know what you’re thinking, and I don’t want plastic slipcovers on all of my furniture, either. Luckily, it doesn’t have to come to that!
Here are some tips for allergy-proofing your home without compromising its style:
- Choose bedding that is hypoallergenic, and wash the bedding at temperatures over 140 degrees to prevent dust mites! Not only will you spend less time sneezing, but you’ll spend MORE time sleeping… and who doesn’t love more sleep?
- While I won’t recommend the plastic variety, slipcovers ARE a great idea for furniture. It’s a lot easier to fit a slipcover in the washing machine than a couch! As an added bonus, if you get a few of them you can change the look of your living room as you see fit.
- Don’t be afraid to have greenery in your home! A good tip for finding low-allergy plants is to look for flowers that bees gravitate toward- this means they don’t produce a lot of pollen. Gladiolas and Peonies are great choices.
- Make sure to thoroughly dry towels and wash them often. Leaving a towel in a pile on the floor after a shower is just asking for it to be riddled with mildew, one of the worst allergy offenders. Install enough towel hooks for everyone to have one, and be sure to wash them often!
- Remove “stacks” and “piles” and opt to put toys, books and other items in closed plastic containers. Not only will this instantly declutter your home, but it will keep the dust at bay!
If you’re a victim of allergies like I am, I hope these tips will get you thinking of ways to remove some of the allergens in your home & get you feeling better! For more tips, check out Claritin’s Facebook page, where HGTV’s Sabrina Soto is working with Claritin to share her ideas for making indoor and outdoor spaces more beautiful, functional and allergy-friendly!
Do you have any great decorating tips for those of us who are allergy-prone? Please share them in the comments!