Struggling with indoor allergies? Here are 5 simple tricks you can do right now
CAROLYN FORTE: Have you noticed an uptick in your allergies since you've been at home more than ever? Luckily there's plenty of tried-and-tested products that will help alleviate those pesky allergies hiding in your home. HEPA vacuum cleaner-- a HEPA vacuum cleaner is the best way to assure that the dust and dirt you're picking up from your carpet and floors stays in the vacuum cleaner. The vacuum we recommend is the Miele HEPA compact C2 Powerline canister vacuum cleaner. Not only does it come with a HEPA filter, but this model is also sealed, which means that none of the dirt and debris that you pick up will escape through the cracks and crevices in the vacuum cleaner.
Dye- and perfume-free laundry detergent-- if anyone in your home has any types of allergies, a great way to alleviate any allergic symptoms is to use a dye- and perfume-free detergent just like Tide Free & Gentle. And the reason we like Tide at "Good Housekeeping" is not only because it doesn't contain these irritating ingredients, but it also is a great cleaner.
Pillow and mattress protectors-- we spend one third of our lives sleeping. So protecting our pillows and mattresses from dust mites, dust, pet dander, and other allergies is super important. Cover your pillows and your mattresses with allerese mattress and pillow protectors. They are tightly woven. Also, the closures where the zippers meet are sealed so nothing will get in, and nothing will get out.
Air purifiers-- the best way to keep the air inside your home clean is with an air purifier. The one we recommend is the Blueair 311 Auto Air Purifier. It's a great way to remove dust, smoke, and pollen from the indoor air. So anyone suffering from allergies will feel much better.
Dehumidifier-- you may not think of a dehumidifier as a product that helps relieve allergies. But it really is because if the humidity in your home and the moisture inside is too high, that aggravates mold and mildew. And that can accelerate allergies.
So what you want to do is make sure you maintain low humidity levels. And the way to do that is with the Frigidaire High Humidity 50-pint capacity dehumidifier. In our tests, we found that it worked very well. It was easy to use, and there's even a window to tell you when it's time to empty the bins. With the right tools, it's now easier than ever to breathe easy at home.