If you struggle with allergies, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the amount of allergens floating around in your apartment. Here are some simple fixes you can try, from changing the temperature to dusting the right way.
Use Mattress and Pillow Covers
Dust mites love to hangout in mattresses and pillows, so putting dust mite-proof covers on your bed can significantly help with dust allergies. Plus, the covers will help extend the lives of your mattress and pillows by keeping them free of moisture, dander, and dead skin cells. It’s also a good idea to wash all bedding in hot water weekly.
Dust at Least Once a Week
Frequent dusting and cleaning will limit the amount of dust in your apartment, and using a microfiber cleaning cloth is your best bet: Try wetting it with water or all-purpose cleaner before wiping down the space. You might also want to invest in a microfiber duster with an extension pole for hard-to-reach spots.
Keep the Bathroom Clean
Fight mold in your bathroom by frequently scrubbing the sink and tub with a mix of bleach and water, and wiping down the area behind the toilet. If your bathroom has a ventilation fan, be sure to keep it running when you bathe or shower. This will help remove excess moisture from the air and prevent mold. You can also leave the bathroom door open to increase airflow.
Fight Dust Bunnies With a Bed Skirt
Did you know that bed skirts used to be known as dust ruffles? Using a bed skirt is an easy way to help prevent dust bunnies from forming underneath your bed. Plus, it will help keep your luggage and out-of-season clothes hidden from visitors.
Control the Thermostat
A warm or humid apartment lends itself to dust mites and mold, so aim to keep the thermostat set between 68°F and 72°F. You should also replace your air filter at least twice a year, but your apartment building might take care of that for you. If you’re worried about humidity levels, you can purchase an indoor humidity monitor. It shouldn’t be higher than 50 percent.