After a long day at work, there is nothing more satisfying than coming home to plop on your soft and plush sofa and have some alone time and relax. Little do we know that, sometimes, when we do this, we put ourselves in danger. Beyond what can be seen by the naked eye, there may be microscopic allergens that can trigger allergic reactions from us. In fact, there may be numerous allergens present around us that we unconsciously subject ourselves to. In this article, we take a look at some of the various allergens that are present in homes, and the environments they thrive in, so you can take the necessary precautionary and cleaning measures in your own abode.
- Dust mites
The most common allergens found in homes are dust mites. These microscopic insects live off flakes of skin. They enjoy rooms with temperatures above 70 degrees, and they like having humidity in the air. Given these conditions, you are most likely to find them in soft furniture as well as in beddings. However, they can also live in different areas of the home. According to experts, the best way to prevent them from settling in your home and spreading is by using anti-allergen covers for your mattresses, pillows and box springs. Another effective preventative measure is washing your linens every seven days, in very hot water. Unlike their unpleasant cousins, the bed bugs, dust mites do not bite. Instead, they are merely inhaled, causing respiratory problems.
- Mould and mildew
Another common allergen are mould and mildew. This type of allergen thrives in damp and humid environments, such as a basement with some leaky pipes or a poorly maintained bathroom. Mould and mildew often start in the small damp corners, and then gradually spread over a space. Once they have settled, these fungi will start release microscopic spores into the atmosphere. It is these spores that can trigger allergic reactions. One of the simplest ways to get rid of moulds on walls is to create a water-chlorine bleach solution. You can also use a simple household detergent as an alternative to chlorine bleach. The ratio is 1 part bleach for every 3 parts of water. Dip a hard-bristled brush into the mixture and start scrubbing the mould off the surface. This may take some time, so you have to be patient. After scrubbing, just rinse off the solution along with the dislodged mould and then let the surface dry.
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