We have plenty of allergens here in the Northwest. Tree pollen, grasses, and even wildfire smoke can leave you suffering. While there is not much you can do about outdoor allergens, you can take steps to reduce allergens indoors and make your home more comfortable during allergy season. 

Stop pollen at the door

Pollen clings to your shoes, clothes, hair – and even your eyelashes! To reduce the amount of pollen you track indoors, create a spot to remove shoes and jackets in the entryway. Vacuum this area regularly. You can go even further by implementing a no-shoe policy and taking your shoes off outdoors when weather permits. 

Wash away allergens 

Whenever you return home, wash your face and hands. Before getting into bed at night, rinse your hair to remove any allergens that have accumulated throughout the day. 

Deal with dust mites and pet dander 

Dust mites and pet dander are the most common indoor allergens. 

To tackle dust mites: 

  • Dust regularly with a lint-free cloth 
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water 
  • Consider buying allergen-proof covers for your mattress and pillows 

To reduce pet dander: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after petting or snuggling 
  • Bathe and groom your pets regularly. Cats may tolerate dander wipes better than a bath 
  • Wash pet beds and toys regularly 

Clean your floors often 

Vacuum carpets and mop hard floors weekly – especially the bedroom. You don’t need to bust out the scrubber. A Swiffer or other quick mop will do. If your allergies are particularly bad, consider investing in a bagless vacuum with a HEPA filter. They can help filter out pollen and other allergens in your home. 

Use an air purifier 

Air purifiers have become more affordable over the last few years and are great for keeping your indoor air clean all year round. Look for an air purifier with a HEPA filter, and make sure it is the right size for the room you are going to use it in. 

Get help 

Severe allergies can make it hard to sleep, work and have the energy to enjoy life. Your doctor can help you determine the cause of your allergies and create a treatment plan that works for you.