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Air pollution and allergies

Air pollution and allergies can be tricky to get your head round. Most of the time you never actually notice them, so they can’t be much of a big deal, right? Well they can easily mount up, so here are a few of the main ones to look out for and where to find them.

Pets

Yep, as much as we all love our furry companions, allergens just seem to be drawn to them. Usually they’ll be hiding in your pet’s hair and saliva, and they can even end up in a bird’s feathers.

There are number of ways to keep on top of this. A good air purifier will keep the air in your home free from the bad stuff your pets drag in, and a vacuum with a HEPA filter will trap all those allergens hiding in the carpets. Look out for the Dyson V10 Animal, the perfect cleaning tool for any animal lover. Also, make sure to wipe down all the surfaces in your home, and give your pup or kitty a good bath every now and then.

Pollen

You might not know that there are three pollen seasons throughout the year. Yep, this fine powder occurs in Spring from the trees, and then spawns through the grass in the Summer, before showing up in late Summer through weeds. Anyone sensitive to pollen will likely notice hay fever symptoms such as itchy eyes, blocked nose and a sore throat.

Simple ways to treat it are by keeping the windows closed during mornings and evenings when pollen levels are high. Also wash your hair regularly and put your clothes on a high temperature wash at around 60° to get rid of any pollen hanging on to you. If you want to go that extra mile, then a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will make sure pollen doesn’t overstay its welcome in your carpets and floors.

Dust mites

Dust mites are a tricky beast as you can’t actually see them. They like to tuck up in your bedding, furniture and carpets so they can feast on dead skin. Anyone who is allergic to dust mites may experience hay fever symptoms or a rash, and it can also aggravate asthma.

To keep on top of dust mites, the humidity in your home should be at 50% or below, as they thrive in humid spaces. A dehumidifier will help with this. Vacuuming won’t get rid of them alone, but a steam cleaner will keep your floors dust mite free. Finally, wash your bedding at a temperature of 60° to wipe out anything you don’t want hanging about.

Mould

No one likes mould. It looks gross, smells gross and can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Mould thrives in condensation, so it can be found around windows and in kitchens and bathrooms were steam occurs. Anyone can be affected by mould, but especially people with asthma or breathing problems.

The best way to treat mould is to make sure your home is well ventilated; a dehumidifier will suck away all the moisture so mould can’t pop up. When you’re cooking, have the extractor fan on to stop steam from turning into condensation. The same goes for when you’re showering too. Regularly clean your kitchen and bathroom as well as hidden areas around your home such as door seals on your washing machine and fridge.

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