How to Allergy Proof Your Home (A Room-by-Room Guide That Works)

Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from allergies?

If so, you don’t have to let dust, pollen, mold or pet dander make you feel miserable in your home any longer.

In this guide, you’ll learn the top tips for how to allergy proof your home.

We’ll first go over some tips for the entire house and then go specifically room-by-room so you can ensure you’re taking the proper steps to reduce allergens everywhere.

So, let’s get started!

Tips to Allergy Proof Your Entire Home

  • Clean the air. If you want to protect yourself from breathing in dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores, then an air purifier is a great investment. Air purifiers work to allergy proof your home by removing allergens from the air you breathe. If you run this device 24/7, it can remove up to 99.97% of allergens down to 0.3 microns as long as it uses a certain kind of filter. To find out what that filter is and how it works, take a look at our guide on the top air purifiers for dust removal.
  • Maintain a certain temperature and humidity. Dust mites and mold spores can wreak havoc on your allergies and hot and humid homes are breeding grounds for these allergens. To kill off dust mites and reduce mold spore reproduction in your entire house, try to maintain a temperature between 68 ºF (20 ºC) and 72 ºF (22 ºC) and keep the relative humidity below 50%. Use a dehumidifier if you have to.
  • Replace air filters. Furnace and air conditioning air filters get dirty fast and since these are out of sight, they’re also out of mind. Make it a habit to change these air filters every 3 months at a minimum and monthly if you have severe allergy issues.
  • Clean weekly. Do a thorough cleaning of your home each week to cut down on the number of allergens that are present. If you use an air purifier, your need for cleaning can be cut down dramatically since the machine will filter out a lot of the dust and allergy particles. If you have allergies, consider wearing a dust mask to keep any stirred up allergens out of your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

How to Allergy Proof Your Bedroom

  • Upgrade bedding. Invest in allergy proof covers for your pillows, mattress, and box spring. Wash these once per week in hot water with detergent and bleach to kill off any dust mites. Consider replacing wool or feather bedding with synthetic materials.
  • Change flooring. If possible, remove carpeting and replace with hardwood, laminate or tile. Otherwise, use a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter to collect the finest allergens. Replace any area rugs with ones that are washable.
  • Replace window treatments. Replace curtains with solid material blinds or shades. Otherwise, use only washable curtains made of cotton or synthetic fabric.
  • Close windows. Keep windows closed during the spring and summer when pollen and other outdoor allergens are at their worst. Also, pollen counts are the highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Swap furniture. Avoid upholstered furniture that can collect dust and other allergens inside the material. Replace with furniture made out of leather, wood or plastic.
  • Reduce clutter. The more knickknacks and clutter you have in a room, the more allergens it collects. You can help allergy proof your bedroom by removing tabletop ornaments, books, and magazines and storing blankets and unused items in plastic bins.
  • Keep pets out. Animals shed dander every day and this could be a big source of your allergies at night. So, keep your door closed and don’t let your pets sleep in your bedroom or on the bed. If you can’t agree to this, then at least bathe your pets at once per week to reduce the amount of dander they shed.
  • Clean the air. Use a dedicated air purifier in your bedroom to clean out dust and other allergens. Clean air is known for helping you sleep better at night too.

How to Allergy Proof Your Living room

  • Change flooring. If possible, remove carpeting and replace with hardwood, laminate or tile. Otherwise, use a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter to collect the finest allergens and steam clean at least once or twice per year. Replace any area rugs with ones that are washable.
  • Swap furniture. Replace upholstered sofas and chairs with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. If this is not possible, consider investing in furniture slipcovers that can be washed once per week.
  • Replace window treatments. Replace curtains with solid material blinds or shades. Otherwise, use only washable curtains made of cotton or synthetic fabric.
  • Close windows. Keep windows closed during the spring and summer when pollen and other outdoor allergens are at their worst.
  • Remove plants. Relocate potted plants to the outdoors or choose a species that doesn’t require much watering as a way to reduce the growth of mold. Doctors even advise this same tip for mold allergy patients.
  • Avoid fires. Don’t use your wood-burning fireplace because the smoke and gases it emits can worsen respiratory allergies. If possible, install a natural gas fireplace in its place which won’t cause this problem.
  • Clean the air. Run an air purifier to allergy proof your living room by removing as much dust and allergens as possible.

Allergy Proofing the Kitchen

  • Upgrade the stove vent. Have a vented exhaust fan installed if one doesn’t exist already to remove cooking smoke and reduce moisture. Many stove-top hoods don’t vent outside and are just there to removing cooking particulates.
  • Clean the sink. Scrub the sink and faucets with a dedicated sink cleaner in order to remove bacteria, mold, and food debris. Don’t let dishes pile up in it either.
  • Take care of the refrigerator. Avoid mold growth by removing excessive moisture buildup inside. Discard moldy or out-of-date food. Replace any moldy rubber seals around the doors.
  • Clean cabinets and counters. Use soap and water to clean cabinets and counters on a daily basis in order to remove bacteria, mold, and food debris.
  • Vacuum the floor. Keep your kitchen floor free of food crumbs to reduce the chance of insects and rodents invading the space. These critters are known for emitting waste particles that can cause allergies.

Allergy Proofing the Bathroom

  • Ventilate properly. Always use the exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths or showers. If one doesn’t exist, open a window to air the bathroom out.
  • Change flooring. Remove carpeting if it exists and replace with a hard waterproof surface such as tile, vinyl, wood or linoleum. Wash any rugs once per week.
  • Protect the walls. Paint the walls with mold killing primer and use mold resistant paint.
  • Air out the shower and tub. Pull back the shower curtain or leave the shower door open after each use so it can dry out properly to prevent mold growth. Otherwise, use a towel to dry those surfaces. Scrub any noticeable mold in the shower or tub with bleach. Clean or replace moldy shower curtains and bathmats.
  • Take care of the toilet and sink. Scrub the interior of the toilet with cleaner each week to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Scrub sink fixtures with bleach. Vinegar can be used to remove calcium deposits.

Allergy Proofing the Basement

  • Change flooring. Remove carpeting if it exists and replace with tile, vinyl, wood or linoleum. Wash any rugs once per week.
  • Swap furniture. Replace upholstered sofas and chairs with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. If this is not possible, consider investing in furniture slipcovers that can be washed once per week.
  • Check for leaks. Check for and repair any sources of leaks or water damage in the foundation, stairwells or windows.
  • Improve air quality. Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness and an air purifier to remove dust, allergens, and mold spores.
  • Use storage containers. Store unnecessary items in plastic storage bins. Don’t let clutter build up that can attract dust.

We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to allergy proof your home. If you follow the advice given above for each room, you should notice a dramatic decrease in the number of allergens present in your house and your allergy symptoms as a whole.