Pollen in your home isn’t fun, it can for some of us cause a running nose, itching throat, itching eyes and constant sneezing.
Pollen is a fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, comprised of pollen grains, which are carried through the air. Pollen contributes to cross-pollination of trees, grasses and weeds. Pollen clings to your clothing, shoes and hair – and even your pets!
If you are a suffering, then you are going to want to keep those tiny floating particles out so I have put together a few solutions for you to hopefully help make your life a little more comfortable.
Keep windows closed
I love to let the fresh air blow through my home but when pollen levels are high you are going to want to keep these shut.
Take your shoes off
I am a big believer in a shoes off policy in the home but if you are not one for taking off your shoes when the pollen count is high make taking your shoes off a priority, shoes and outerwear including bags can pick up pollen particles, take off and store away in a tight cupboard as soon as you get in. If you don’t have a cupboard space, use a plastic storage box and seal tight.
Ensure your door mats are washable.
Take a shower
If you are a bad sufferer then a change of clothes and taking a shower as you come will really help, pollen can get in your hair and sit on your skin which you may not even think about, this will then stop pollen getting onto your surfaces and into your upholstery.
Vacuum high traffic areas daily and the rest of your home at least once a week. If you have a bagless vacuum ensure you empty it after every few uses and ensure your vacuum has a HEPA filter: HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate arresting, and it will ensure that what your vacuum picks up will stay in-the vacuum and not escape.
Steam cleaning is a great chemical free way of blasting out pollen and allergies, the heat of a steam cleaner is so hot it will kill dust mites and neutralise the home naturally. Steam is not only great for cleaning floors but great for refreshing cloths, upholstery, curtains and general all round cleaning, if you are looking for a budget friendly one with more-uses than one take a look at this one.
Always dust from the highest point in your home first, reach up high using a long handled duster and work your way down the room, dust even settles on walls so go over these every so often using a flat headed mop. Use a damp microfibre cloths as these will trap the dust rather than move it around. Don’t forget to dust blinds, light fixtures and any fans as these areas can often be over looked.
Indoor air purifiers
Air purifiers will remove pollen from your home and will relieve those pesky symptoms and can work in as little as 20 minutes.
Don’t let pollen get you down a few simple changes may be enough to keep your home pollen free.