Hay fever season is upon us which for many means stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and sleepless nights.
Days last longer meaning more daylight and warmer temperatures, a perfect mix for clouds of allergens to be released into the air.
For many, it is a time of the year met with plenty of enthusiasm.
However for hay fever sufferers there’s a lot less excitement, especially if those common agonising symptoms rear their ugly heads.
Staying indoors is one way to avoid flows of pollen taking hold, but it is difficult to avoid altogether.
Pollen grains somehow seem to find their way into our homes causing adverse reactions for hay fever sufferers.
Below are six simple steps in order to prepare for and reduce the amount of pollen entering your home during hay fever season.
Keep the pollen outside
It’s difficult to avoid pollen completely. With the weather getting warmer, you’ll be spending more time outside.
However, there are ways to reduce the amount of pollen entering your home.
Firstly make sure to shake off your jacket or coat before going inside. It is also recommendable to take your shoes off and leave them by the door to ensure no extra pollen is walked into your home.
It’s also best to completely change your clothes as soon as you get inside. Pop them straight into the wash to avoid any pollen transfer onto your furniture.
It’s super important to change your bedding regularly, especially your pillowcases.
Try and aim to change them at least twice a week to ensure a peaceful sleep.
It’s also a good idea to wash your hair before you go to sleep as well as pollen can easily attach itself to hair, and you really don’t want to contaminate your fresh pillows.
When it’s warm, it’s very tempting to open your windows, but this won’t help with those annoying hay fever symptoms.
Having your windows open will just bring more pollen into your home.
You can always pull down your blinds or close your curtains to make warm rooms cooler.
If you really do want to open your windows, it’s best to do this at night time when pollen levels will be lower.
Regularly clean your home
Hay fever season is the worst time to get complacent with cleaning. Make sure you’re giving your home a regular dust, but stay away from feather dusters! Feather dusters just move the dust to other areas, they don’t actually get rid of it. Instead, use a damp duster cloth to ensure all dust gets picked up. Also, be sure to vacuum your carpets frequently in order to catch any pollen which may have sneakily entered your home. If you need to empty your vacuum, do this outside to ensure any vacuum dust doesn’t resettle in your home.
Dry washing inside
If you listened to step one, you should wash your clothes regularly to stop any excess pollen from entering your home. It’s also essential that you dry your clean clothes inside rather than outside on a washing line. This will stop any unwanted pollen contaminating your freshly cleaned clothes.
Your cute four-legged friend can also carry pollen into the home, so it’s important you regularly brush through their fur. Be sure to vacuum any fur that may have dropped onto your floors as well. It is also advisable to keep your pets out of your bedroom when your hay fever is particularly bad. You want to keep that room as pollen-free as possible to ensure you aren’t suffering when you sleep.
The advice comes from Helpling, who are Europe’s largest online marketplace for cleaning services.