Top Allergens Every Homeowner Should Learn About And How To Handle Them

By Anthony K

Your home is a safe space to conduct various indulgences without fear of judgment or rejection. It should also reduce exposure to allergens that could affect your health in the short or long term.

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Dealing with allergies is pretty draining, and it’s even worse when the root of the problem is somewhere inside the one place where you should feel the comfiest.

Below is a look at four significant allergy sources in your home.

The Bedroom

You spend about one-third of your life in bed. The sheets, pillows, and blankets comprise irritants and bacteria you carry to bed, while the mattress is a breeding ground for dust mites using your skin as a food source.

Use hypoallergenic coverings or wash your bedding at least once a week using hot water and commercial disinfectant spray to rid your bed of unpleasant critters.

Rugs and Carpets

Carpets and rugs are also hotbeds for nuisances like mites, dust, animal, dander, and pollen that sink into the fibers raising your vulnerability to allergic and asthmatic symptoms.

Vacuum your carpets and rugs once or twice a week, prioritizing high-traffic rooms like the bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Use a robot vacuum or clean them yourself.


The couch gets more traffic compared to the bed as it gets more visitors, including visitors and members of your house. Cushions house different microscopic unpleasantness making it necessary to vacuum and disinfect the couch thoroughly per week.

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Go deeper under the couch to remove dust accumulating below, and clean the upholstery at least twice a year.


Most folks overlook curtains when cleaning different rooms despite being known hiding spots for airborne allergens that could sicken you. The pollen and dust waft in when windows are left open and latch onto fabric curtains before venturing further into the house.

Use a vacuum or duster to remove the allergens, and use synthetic fabric and washable cotton curtains you clean weekly. Other allergy hotspots in your home include bookshelves and favorite pet spots.