10 Ways to allergy-proof your home

Dust mites, pet dander and pollen are just some of the allergens that can be found in a home environment. Believe it or not, the decor of your home may be the culprit! Combat the allergens with these 10 decor tips for a cleaner and healthier home for you and your family. 

1) Adopt a regular cleaning schedule. Don't neglect corners, shelving and the windows too! This is particularly important if you have young children and pets in the house.

2) Lay out door mats both inside and outside your home so dust and dirt collects at the door. Remember to change them regularly.

3) Store food in air-tight containers so pests won't get to it. Having them in sight reminds you to clear them when they've been on the shelf for too long.

4) Don't let the toys pile up! Keep them in boxes and wash those stuffed toys regularly!

5) Don't let dust collect under the bed. The cavity under the bed may seem like a great place for storage, but it actually prevents you from keeping your bedroom clean. Clear it out!

6) Wall-to-wall carpeting is difficult to maintain, so choose surfaces that can be cleaned regularly with soap and water.

7) Wash your linens in hot water to kill bacteria. With this, you'll need to choose fabrics that can take the heat!

8) A well-ventilated area will ensure that fresh air is being circulated, and the room isn't musky. Remember, bacteria and mould thrive in damp places!

9) Do away with heavy drapery as it will trap dust quickly. Go with blinds that allow you to clean them with just a wipe. They do the same job of blocking out the light, anyway.

10) Minimise the use of chemicals and use natural products to clean your home. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodoriser, and baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces! Try some of these for a change!