Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Creating Stylish Allergy-Friendly Spaces!

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I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls Collective on behalf of Claritin®. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program.

Now, that spring is almost over, summer is just around the corner and so many things will be in full bloom.  Have your allergies already flared up this season?  Do you have the red, itching eyes and running nose?  Have you allergy proofed you home?  Here are some tips to keep your home and garden more beautiful, functional and allergy-friendly!


Let's start with allergens indoors

After you shower or bathe, make sure you wash and dry wet towels as soon as you can.  Wet towels attact mold.  When you wash your bedding make sure the tempture is over 140 degrees to avoid dust mites.

The living room has the most allergens, that is why you should Shampoo your rugs and carpet, either with a professional or rent a shampooer.  This should be done at the beginning and at the end of the season.  It is also advisable to have a vacuume that is true or closed HEPA-filter, which will help a great deal.

If you have heavy drapery it would be a great idea to wash them and put them away til the cold weather returns.  Put up some linen or cotton drapes for the season, they will be less likely to hang on to so much dust.

Now, did you ever thing of all those window screens?  Think about all the dirt and pollen that has collected on the screens.  If the wind blows, all that dirt and pollen will come into the house.  To help prevent that, it's a good idea to vacuum the screens, then take them down and wash them with soap and water.

Did you ever think of your furniture?  The upholstered futniture is the worst, it absorbs allergens from our clothes.  Have your upholstered furniture cleaned.  One great way to kill off the dust mites on your throw pillows, is to put them in the freezer.

Are you a pack rat or have a lot of clutter?  Clean up the clutter, if you have fewer items out, you will definitely have less dust.  Now, if you are going to say that you need that stuff out, get some multipurpose furniture, that has some sort of storage, like a bench that has a seat that raises up or some sort of chest.

One big thing is don't wear your shoes in the house!  Shoes track in all sorts of microbes, that get those allergies into high gear.  This is wear a chest or nice basket with a lid would come in handy, so you don't have a pile of shoes by the door.

Now, how about those gargage cans?  Did you ever look at the bottom, after you take out the sack.   Is there any mold under there?  Put them is the shower and wash them out with some soap and water, then spray them with a disinfectant.

Do you have hypoallergenic fabrics in you bedroom?   With all the time you spend there, it would be beneficial to you to have that mattress pad cover and pillow cover.

Okay, dusting time, use a microfiber or electrostatic cloth to capture the dust.

Allergens Outdoors

It's better to do you gardening or other outdoor activity later in the day, instead of early in the morning.  You won't be exposed to so many allergens.  How about adding a little color in the garden?  Gladiolas and peonies are a low allergy plants.  Do you want to add some trees?  Plant some flowering trees and bold greenery, like low allergen flowering dogwood, double flowered cherries and magnolia trees.

Decorating

Thinking about redecorating?  Putting a set of design ideas on a board with pictures of furniture, swatches of fabric for the furniture or drapery, along with paint samples, wallpaper samples rug samples and what ever type of accessories would help you decide on what style you would like.

Bedroom Makeovers for you or your kids can be a little spendy.  Make a list of all the things you would like for your room.  Start with the top three items and then slowing add things one by one of everything that you would like to add to your decor.   Check for sales at your favorite shops for the items that you want to add, that will save a bundle.

Adding slip covers, rugs, throw pillows, window treatments and even a new paint color can give you a new look that will be refreshing.

Outdoor decor

Add some Yarrow, butterfly bush and butterfly weed to attract butterflies to your garden, along with some of those yard ornaments.

For tips on making your home and garden more beautiful, functional and allergy-friendly visit www.Facebook.com/Claritin.  I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

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jopb said... Best Blogger Tips

You have alot of good ideas to help get rid of allergens. This year is one of the worst allergy seasons I can remember. I didn't know about puting the throw piullows in the freezer nor did I ever think to vacuum the screens.

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