Sneeze Alert: How to Control Allergens In Your Entryway
Your entryway, porch, foyer, or mudroom is a gateway between the outdoors and the interior of your home. As such, it often contains a mixture of allergens you drag in from outside and allergens that reside indoors. Moisture from kicked-off sneakers and snow boots can also cause mold to grow. Not to mention all the pollen, leaves, and other outdoor debris that makes its way in. Here’s how to unwelcome allergens into this space:
Keep pet beds fresh
The foyer or mudroom is a popular spot for dog beds and bowls, kitty litter, and other pet paraphernalia. Clean kitty litter and pet bowls as often as you can. Wash the dog or cat bed weekly in hot water, and dry it thoroughly.
Clean the screen
Your screen can act as a trap for pollen and other outdoor allergens that easily travel inside your home. To combat this, wipe down screens once weekly.
Dry it out
Remember indoor mold loves wet, dark environments. Keep welcome mats and floors as dry as possible. Place wet shoes and umbrellas outside until they’re dry.
Designate a no-smoking zone
Cigarette smoke can cause symptoms similar to those caused by allergy triggers. Make sure smokers stay outside and several feet away from the front door.
Contact your health care professional, if you suspect you or a family member may have allergies. You can find products at Bed Bath & Beyond to help control allergens in your home.
Content provided by HealthyWomen.org.