Seasonal allergies can reduce kids - and adults - to a sniffling, sneezing, uncomfortable mess.
While we can't do a whole lot about outdoor triggers when it comes to allergy relief - indoors, thankfully, is a different story. A clean house will help everyone in your home breathe - and sleep - easier.
These 9 allergy relief cleaning tips can help.
Dust frequently with a damp cloth or a furniture-dusting product at least weekly, but shoot for daily during high-pollen count days.A microfiber duster is the best solution of all, as it traps and holds dust, instead of sending it spiraling back into the air, where it inevitably settles again on the "clean" surfaces.
Carpet and allergies go hand in hand, as the fibers trap and hold dust and seasonal allergens. If you or your kids have asthma or other severe allergies, ditch the carpeting in favor of bare floors.
Use a double-bagged, HEPA filtered vacuum or vacuum bags. (Get more information on choosing a vacuum here.)
Launder curtains regularly. Better yet, replace dust-magnet curtains with shades. Avoid blinds - they're dust magnets. (If you do have blinds, and getting rid of them isn't an option, get the scoop on How to Clean Window Blinds here.)
Control clutter in your home because it provides places for dust mites, pet dander, and the detritus of allergy season to accumulate.
Dressers and nightstands that are home to books, magazines, or stuffed animals can trap and hold dust and polls during allergy season - even when the rest of the room looks clean.
Go for the minimal look to keep allergens away.
Wash bedding and pajamas at least weekly in warm water and dry on the hottest setting - this second step is crucial to removing dust mites and allergens.
Blankets, comforters and mattress pads should be washed monthly.
Vacuum both sides of mattresses for two minutes at least twice monthly. This will reduce the dust and allergens nesting there, allowing everyone to breathe easier at night.
Keep furry or feathered pets out of the bedroom. If one takes a catnap on the bed, wash the bedding as soon as possible.