6 Tips to Help Control Indoor Allergens During the Winter Months

02/06/2017

Most of us are relegated to spending the winter months stuck indoors with the heat turned on and the windows closed. This scenario isn’t only frustrating as we anxiously await spring, it also can create health problems as trapped indoor allergens such as pet dander, dust and mold inside the home can trigger allergies in many individuals. Fortunately, there are some ways to manage indoor allergens when the weather is cold:

  1. Wash pet bedding weekly. Pets are indoors more in the winter months and leave their dander and fur on the blankets, pillows and beds they sleep on. Be sure to frequently wash any bedding that pets lay and rest on to keep dander and fur to a minimum.
  2. Take shoes off indoors. Mold is a common indoor and outdoor allergen. Any plants outside that have moisture on them can harbor many types of mold. Wet and decaying leaves left over from the fall and wet grass are common culprits. Taking off shoes indoors can stop outdoor molds from traveling indoors.
  3. Mop hard surfaced floors. Wetting and wiping hard floor surfaces regularly not only keep dust bunnies at a minimum, but also help prevent them from floating all over the house. The Wonder® Mop is a great choice to tackle this chore – it’s easy to use and you can wash the mop head in the washing machine up to 50 times.
  4. Vacuum regularly. Get rid of pet fur and dander as well as mold and dust by vacuuming carpets and furniture regularly, preferably using a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to capture more allergens.
  5. Cover mattresses and pillows. According to Good Housekeeping, allergy doctors say that the only kind of allergy barrier bedding that benefits allergy sufferers are those that completely encase the mattress, pillow, and box spring. There are many products available to help trap dust mites and prevent mold and mildew from forming on the bedding.
  6. Dust Often. Dust accumulates on objects like tables, lamps, bookcases and knick knacks, so be sure to clean them regularly. Libman makes an array of products such as microfiber cloths and dusters that are perfect for the task.