Allergy Proofing Your Living Room & Kitchen

Allergy Proofing Your Living Room & Kitchen

The living room is where you can end up catching majority of allergies. It won’t be easy allergy proofing your living room and you may have to take some hard decisions but if you do at least half of the points below, you would have drastically reduced your chances of catching an allergy.

  • First remove any carpeting that you may have in your living room. Prefer using linoleum flooring or hardwood flooring and if you must then stick to washable rugs.
  • Any furniture that has upholstery should immediately be replaced. Prefer furniture made from metal, plastic, wood or leather.
  • All curtains and blinds should be washable and made from synthetic fabric or cotton. As for roller shades, periodically replace them and wash the old ones.
  • Keep windows closed at all times and the room ventilated with an air conditioner. In cold places, use double paned windows.
  • For those with home plants, use aquarium gravel on top of the dirt to prevent mold from spreading.
  • As for pets frequently bathe and clean them. Use shampoo so they don’t hold much dander. If possible, make them a home outside in your backyard or lawn.
  • Do not use wood or stove fireplaces as gases and smoke will exacerbate your condition further. Natural gas fireplaces though are fine.

Unlike the living room, a kitchen can often be damp and sprout leaks. It is harder to allergy proof kitchens but not that much as opposed to the living room.

  • Use vented exhaust fans to reduce moisture in the kitchen and eliminate cooking fumes. Do not only rely on stove-top hoods as they just remove the cooking particulates but don’t exactly vent them outside.
  • Always wash your dishes daily and then scrub down on the sink and faucets to prevent build-up of food debris and mold.
  • The refrigerator is going to stay damp but you can wipe down on excessive moisture. Also discard any food that runs past its expiry or shows signs of mold formation. Keep the drip pan clean and empty.
  • Always clean your countertops and cabinets with detergent and water. As for under-sink cabinets, remember to regularly check for leaks and have them repaired. If you have to store food then use sealed containers, especially for pet food.
  • Food waste should be collected in a garbage bag inside a lidded can. It should prevent the entry of insects. Remember to empty the trash daily.

Keeping the kitchen clean prevents mold formation, moisture build-up and eliminates the chance of vermin infestations.