HEAVEN: Hayfever Free Haven At Home

There is very little you can do to lift your spirits out of the depths of demotivation when hayfever strikes. Although a hugely common ailment that affects millions of people, it can be difficult to know what to try and what will be beneficial in the long run. Those warm summer days at home are joyful, but the second we open our windows for a welcomed breeze, we're involuntarily allowing all those pesky pollens to sweep through our homes.

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Keeping our homes free from germs and impurities can be a lengthy task; and searching for quick home remedies is key, especially as we all live such busy, hectic lives. Hayfever and allergies can strike all year round, and the sources range from pollen, grass, dust and mold.

We are constantly exposed to these things, and dust in particular is a stubborn problem that can't be avoided without vigorous and consistent cleaning. Here are some top tips to keep our home free from allergens that will make your life a little less stressful in the long-run and a little more productive!

As drastic as this seems, carpets harbour many dust mites and can be a huge contributory factor to allergies. Whilst redecorating and relaying wooden floors may be difficult and drastic, it is worth looking into for long-term solutions, and it also saves on having to clean your carpets.

De-clutter. Ornaments are renowned for collecting dust, and by de-cluttering, it is also a brilliant way to add a little Hygge into your home and life, as well as eliminating dust allergens around the house.

Potted plants can also be a culprit, so limit the types of plants you keep around the house. Begonias, cactus and geraniums are good alternatives and are still beautiful to have around the house. Succulents are also a good alternative which take very little caring for.

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Wash your dishes as soon as possible without allowing them to sit and gather dirt, and be sure to scrub your surfaces daily with water and detergent.

It's not just the dishes you should be washing too, on high pollen days, washing your hair and changing your clothes when arriving home can help to prevent spreading pollen to your home surfaces such as sofas, cushions and bedding.

Keep those windows closed when the pollen count is high, and allow your air to be cleansed. Purchasing a good air purifier, such as the Fellowes AeraMax range, will help to trap pollen and other airborne particles, allowing fresh clean air to flow around your house. This isn't just perfect for allergy suffers, fresher air keeps you healthier and happier. It's a great investment and proven to be beneficial.

Having your home too humid can breed unwanted bacteria too, maintaining a temperature between 68F (20C) and 72F (22C) throughout your home can help prevent this. Plus, if you're a smoker, ensure strictly, that you always smoke outside and not in the house.

In essence, the key is keeping clean and fresh air circulating through your home and if you happen to work from home, then this is definitely going to be a pre-requisite!

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