Allergies are common among children and adults. Allergens or allergy triggers can be found everywhere. Parents who have a history of allergies need to be extra cautious with their children because they may also have allergy symptoms. Sometimes it can be hard to identify triggers especially if you are exposed to a couple of potential allergens at a time. While it may be true that we cannot control allergy triggers outdoors, there is much that can be done at home.

If possible, choose low pile over high pile carpeting because allergens can easily accumulate on carpeted floors, and vacuums cannot remove the allergens completely. Hardwood and linoleum flooring is advisable because it is easier to get rid of dust mites and dander as compared to carpets. Do not let a family member with allergies do the vacuuming because it may trigger allergy symptoms. An ideal vacuum cleaner is the kind with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate) filter. Poor filtration vacuum cleaners may only stir up and release allergens. Floor rugs should also be washed at least once a week, to prevent the accumulation of allergens.

Molds can thrive in the kitchen because of moisture. Dishes should be washed daily, and sinks including faucets, should be scrubbed to remove molds. Check your refrigerator regularly for mold formation. Wipe dry any spills and moisture, to prevent growth of molds. Make sure that you discard food items that are out of date. Properly discard food wastes in bins so it will not be invaded by insects. It is also good to check the pipes for leaks because it will also promote growth of molds.

Scrub your bath tub and faucets regularly. Mold may also thrive on shower curtains so it is best to change them often. If you can, paint your bathroom walls with mold resistant enamel paint. An exhaust fan can also greatly help in reducing moisture in the bathroom.

Heavy curtains are not advisable because it allows accumulation of dust, and they are hard to clean. Vertical blinds are better because it can be easily cleaned. Other options include roller blinds and shutters. If you really want to use curtains, you can choose washable ones that are easier to clean.

Beddings should be washed once a week, with a water temperature of at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill dust mites. Place mattresses and pillows in allergen-impermeable covers. These will prevent dust mites and other particles to enter. Plastic or vinyl covers can be used and they are less expensive, however some people may find them uncomfortable. Avoid using wool blankets because they may not only cause allergies, but they are also good dust collectors. Upholstered furniture will also harbor allergens, it is then best to prefer wood, leather or plastic ones.

It will also help if you reduce the clutter in your home. Avoid collecting magazines, books and ornaments because it will only collect dust. Try to organize the things you have at home. Store your children’s toys in plastic containers with cover. When cleaning the house, use gloves and a mask, in order to prevent an allergic reaction. It is also best if you use wet cloths when you wipe away dust. A dry cloth will not be able to absorb dust well.

Try to avoid having too many plants inside the house because these may also trigger your symptoms. It may also be wise not to have pets because they shed allergens in their sweat and saliva. If you already have pets, do not let your pet enter the bedroom. Give your pet a bath at least twice a week because it may lessen the amount of allergen that they shed. Filters on the air conditioning and central heating units should also be cleaned at least once a week.

A cleaning routine in the house can greatly help in reducing allergens. Some areas in your home may be hard to modify like flooring and ventilation, however there are simple steps that can be taken, in order to create a healthier home for your family. After all, allergy symptoms should never be taken lightly because reactions may vary from different triggers.