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. About ten years ago I found out I had eleven allergens. I was allergic to everything it seemed even dust mites, hickory, dogs, southern grasses and more. I was told to get rid of all my carpet, stuffed animals (my kids, not mine), and any decorative thing that might be a breeding ground for dust mites. I was lost, but after a bunch of research I found some great tips to follow that didn’t mean I had to sacrifice style.
Stylish Tips For An Allergy Free Home
The first thing I did was get rid of carpet. You can actually use throw rugs for burst of color if you want to, just be sure to use carpeting with low VOC (volatile organic compound) which means reduced or no formaldehyde and benzene. Also, consult with your local merchant about “greener” options for padding. If you do chose to use carpeting make sure you vacuum daily and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Hardwood floors are always the best option for someone with allergies.
Get rid of the standard fabric window treatments and draperies. You can find great venetian blinds now that are super stylish and match almost any decor. Remember that metal or plastic blinds are the best for allergy sufferers because wood can actually host dust and dust mites since it is porous. I don’t know too much about it, but I have read some on window film that can easily be applied to windows thus cutting UV. Do your research and you can find some pretty stained glass window films too.
Finally, another great way to cut back on dust and dust mites is to vacuum your living room furniture weekly. Ultimately having leather furniture is the best option as it can be easily wiped and is less likely to cause problems for allergy sufferers. This was not an option for us, but I will definitely buy leather in the future.
Remember, being stylish doesn’t mean you have to suffer.