Common Allergens and Homemade Remedies

by Matty ByloosApril 25, 2016

How to Identify Common Indoor Allergens and Eradicate Them

As allergy season begins anew and pollen counts start making the news on a regular basis, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that indoor allergens are a year-round concern for many people. For some, they actually trigger more reactions and asthma attacks than pollen does. If you are someone who suffers from allergies and/or asthma, making your home into an allergen-free haven may be something worth considering. Here’s how to identify the things in your home that may be causing your respiratory and immune system trouble, and how to fix or treat them with homemade remedies.
controlling pet allergens in the home

Dust and Dust Mites

Dust and dust mites are everywhere. If you’re allergic to them, as many people are, then you know how miserable it is to be coughing, sneezing, and wheezing all the time just from being indoors. While you’ll never be able to fully get rid of dust and mites, there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure. First, make sure you dust your house frequently. This may seem a bit extreme, but it helps to wear a dust mask while you do your cleaning. Also, make sure that you always wash your bedding in hot water, and consider purchasing air-tight covers for your pillows, mattress, etc., as well as a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Hand dusting a window sill to reduce allergens in the home.

Pet-Associated Allergens

No matter how hairless your pets may be, they still shed dander, which is an allergen for many people. If pet dander is freely collecting in rugs, on floors, and in the air, then people that are susceptible to this allergen are likely to have allergy attacks. Keeping your pets well groomed and your home clean and as dust-free as possible (see tips under dust above), will help alleviate the problem for most sufferers. Just as with dust, the only proven remedy for pet allergies is to remove the allergen (or the allergy sufferer) from the environment.

Mold in the Home

Mold has a tendency to grow in moist environments that don’t receive adequate circulation. The mold itself isn’t the allergen issue, but the spores it releases into your household environment can trigger allergies in some, and may even be toxic (depending on the kind of mold). With mold, the best remedy is prevention.
Black mold buildup in the corner of an old house
Do what you can to improve air circulation in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens, and clean mold off of surfaces and fixtures with bleach-based or mold-killing cleaners. If mold is growing on the inside of your windows, consider upgrading to double-pane style windows for better insulation during the colder months of the year. Also, if you’re particularly sensitive to mold, then you might try eliminating or reducing the fermented foods in your diet, especially if you experience a reaction to eating them.

Indoor Allergens Can Be Easy to Deal With If You Stay on Top of Them

You may have noticed as you read through this post that all of these common indoor allergens can be taken out of the picture in a similar way. Keeping your home clean, well ventilated, and well insulated will help you deal with dust allergies, most non-severe pet allergies, and mold allergies, too.


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About The Author
Matty Byloos
Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.
2 Comments
  • San Diego Mold Inspector
    July 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Matty, great tips especially for preventing mold problems. For showers and kitchen sinks, cleaning with bleach-based solution is adequate. For the basement, it can be trickier because it depends on where and how the mold growth is taking place. If there was water leakage, you’ll want to find the source of the leak and fix it. Sometimes it could be a loose or broken pipe. But you’ll want to find, fix and dry the area right away to prevent mold problems.

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