How Clean is Your Bedroom?
We’re not talking about whether or not you have socks laying around on the floor. we’re interested in air quality. Chances are that you don’t know how clean the air in your room is, and once you find out the answer, you probably won’t like it.
This is because the air inside of your home has been shown to be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors.
So think of all those vehicle pollutants and factories pumping smog into the air. Now picture five times that inside of your own home. See why that is an issue?
The average American is spending about 11 hours each day in their bedroom, so it is especially important that you are keeping your bedroom free of these harmful pollutants. Here are ways that you can do this.
Improve the Bedding
Although the bedroom environment is going to share a lot of the pollutants with the rest of the home, it is also going to have some that are unique to this space.
For example, your bedding is a common source of bacteria and other germs that will be found in far fewer quantities throughout the rest of the home. This is particularly due to the fact that the pillows and bedsheets regularly collect saliva, sweat, skin flakes, mold spores, dust mites, and bacteria.
If left unchecked, these things could result in headaches, scratchy eyes, sore throat, or other similar conditions.
One thing you should do in order to minimize the buildup is to change/wash your pillowcases and sheets once a week. We know there are some articles out there that say you can do this every two to three weeks but that is just gross.
We recommend our clients clean the rest of the bedding, blankets, comforters and duvets, every three or four weeks. Simply put these items in the dryer for 15-20 minutes and run it on air fluff. This simple thing can make a big difference.
But even more, effective treatment is to improve the bedding and add some allergy-safe products.
Things like allergy-proof mattress and pillow covers or duvets and comforter covers that use extremely tight fabric weaving in order to make it significantly harder for dust mites and other pollutants to get into the fabric. However, they are still a very breathable material, which prevents moisture buildup.
We don't know about you, but just knowing our bedding is clean helps us sleep better at night.
Bring In an Air Purifier
It isn’t just the bedding that you need to watch out for in the bedroom. The fact is that there are many different sources of pollutants throughout a bedroom.
For example, if you fancy yourself a bit of a neat freak, then you likely clean your bedroom at least once a week using a variety of cleaning chemicals. While this is a good way to help minimize the germs and bacteria that are lying around, there are many common cleaning products that contain certain chemicals that have been known to be irritants, especially for individuals who suffer from allergies.
That’s why it’s always better to go with all-natural cleaning products that are certified safe for individuals with allergies or other respiratory issues.
If you have carpet in your bedroom, this can also cause an increase in air pollutants. This is because carpeting contains a lot of man-made chemicals that frequently emit various chemicals and gases into the air, even up to a few months after being first installed. Just like that new car smell, the new carpet smell may not be so good for you.
Plus, if you’re not properly cleaning your carpet, then it’s probably also trapping a lot of other stuff, dirt, grass, pollen, animal fur and pet dander that go airborne whenever you walk on the carpet.
So if you happen to have carpeting in your bedroom, then you’ll need additional help to keep your air clean.
It’s an unfortunate fact, but the candles that you love so much can actually be contributing to the contaminated air quality in your bedroom. This is because candles are made using a variety of synthetic chemicals and fragrances that can pollute the air when lit. If you’re going to have candles in the bedroom, then you should make sure that they are ones made with only natural ingredients.
The solution to dealing with these various forms of air pollution within the bedroom is to invest in an effective air purifier. As long as an air purifier is using HEPA filters, then it should be able to remove a minimum of 99.97 percent of air particles larger than 0.3 microns. This is going to leave your bedroom filled with nothing but crisp and clean air that you can safely inhale all night long.
Whether you want to improve the air in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, basement, bathroom, or workplace, we have the perfect solutions for you. So make sure to visit us at the Allergy Store today to check out our large inventory of allergy-proof products.