There are many simple steps you can take around your home to keep allergens to a minimum:
Since you spend a good chunk of your life sleeping, the air quality in the bedroom is particularly important. Pillows made with synthetic materials are more allergy-friendly than down, and covering both your pillows and mattress with allergen-resistant covers discourages allergen buildup. Choose covers that are breathable to ensure that moisture doesn’t linger and lead to mold growth.
Bedding and linens including curtains should be washed at least once a week. If your children sleep with stuffed toys, wash those as well. If possible, avoid plush playthings in favor of materials that don’t attract dust and other particles.
Water vapor is a big concern in bathrooms and kitchens. Moisture from showering and cooking stays on walls, creating a friendly environment for mold. Discourage colonization by swapping bathroom carpeting for washable floor mats and using a dehumidifier to clear out damp air. Consider installing an exhaust fan in the kitchen to whisk away steam before it can settle.
Once you begin observing this type of cleaning protocol, you should experience better air quality and a reduction of symptoms. However, simple home cleaning may not be enough to eliminate all allergens. Sometimes a more aggressive regimen is necessary to rid your home of triggers.