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Remove Bedroom Household Chemicals and Other Allergens to Create an Allergen Free Bedroom

Your head hits the pillow and ten million skin cell munching dust mites too. Household chemical particles and fumes billow up from your bedding and carpet as you snooze. And all these bedroom air pollutants in the morning really give you the respiratory blues. Here's the guide on how to make your bedroom allergy proof.

Remove bedroom household chemicals and creature to allergy proof your bedroom.


How to Create An Allergen Proof Bedroom Free of Household Chemicals, Dust Mites, and Other Indoor Air Pollutants

Do you often wake up with burning eyes, congested sinuses, stopped up nose, headache, and other common allergy symptoms?

If so, you are probably suffering from bedroom allergies caused by either inorganic or organic allergens which are causing poor indoor air quality in your bedroom. This guide will help you identify the sources of these indoor air pollutants and give you some tips for creating an allergy proof bedroom.

Because one-third of our time indoors is spent sleeping in our bedrooms, indoor air quality in bedrooms is of particular importance.

Our breathing during sleep also tends to be deeper than when we are awake so indoor air pollution gases and particles are more efficiently respired into our lungs while we sleep. Another reason why creating an allergy free bedroom is so important.

Inorganic allergens often include particles and gases which can originate from the man-made contents of your bedroom or home in general. These can also include the below common household chemicals used in or around your bedroom.

But inorganic allergens can also be off-gassing from the very materials your home is constructed of. Two examples being formaldehyde from glue in OSB particle board in the walls, or volatile chemicals emmitted from drywall, varnish, paint, or wall to wall carpeting.

The wearing down of solid objects inside the home or bedroom can also release very fine inorganic dust which often contains flame retardants such as from plastic casings of electronics or bedding. All airborne dust particles are inhalation hazards and their removal is key to creating an allergen proof bedroom.

Bedroom air cleaning using a true HEPA room air purifier with activated carbon gas filtration will go far in purifying the air you breath while sleeping. Here is the best home air purifier for creating an allergy proof bedroom. It is proven to filter out almost 100% of the gaseous and particulate indoor air pollutants and is much more powerful and efficient than most room air cleaners.

You can also install whole house HEPA furnace filters such as filtrete filters for the return air duct which will purify the ventilated air from your furnace air ducts.

However, don't forget about source control to remove the sources of both inorganic and organic air pollutants. Air cleaning and ventilation is not enough.

If you have any of the following household chemical products inside your house I strongly recommend you read the label closely for storage, disposal, and usage instructions.

Better yet, you should find natural, non-toxic alternatives to all of the following household chemicals and stop using them altogether.

If you go back to the house of chemicals using the link at the top of this page, you will find my extensive home made green cleaning chemicals and non-toxic household product alternatives. They are cheap, effective, environmentally friendly, and a lot more healthy for you and your home compared to the following household chemicals:

More Tips for Creating an Allergen Proof Bedroom

Besides household chemicals used or stored in or around your bedroom areas, there are other non-chemical causes of bedroom allergies which are easy to control. The following tips will help you create an allergen proof bedroom which will help you sleep better and wake up less congested in the morning.

  • 1. Remove excess dust collecting objects like nicknacks, books, excess clothing, stuffed animals, and drapes. These have surface areas on which dust mites and dust can collect and which may be difficult to keep clean. Blinds are better than drapes for dust control because they are easier to keep clean. Easy to clean furniture is also recommended.

  • 2. Once you have removed the above excess hard to clean surface areas, be sure to dust often and use true hepa vacuum filters and bags in your vacuum cleaner. Or better yet, vacuum using a bagless whole house vacuum system or more affordable true hepa vacuum cleaners which is exponentially more effective than just dusting. And a hepa vacuum cleaner will prevent most particulates from being blown back out into your bedroom air due to their high filtration efficiency. Don't forget to vacuum the blades and motor vents of your ceiling fans.

  • 3. If your bedroom areas are carpeted and your bedroom allergies are particularly bad, you may want to remove the carpet and replace it with hardwood floors which are easy to keep clean and will go a long way toward helping you allergy proof your bedroom. Carpet is often a dust and dust mite reservior and can give off toxic VOC too.

  • 4. Besides vacuuming with a hepa vacuum, consider a whole house hepa filter for your furnace return air duct to filter out dust from all the rooms in your house, or install hepa air filters for the vents into the bedroom.

  • 5. Use a true HEPA Room Air Cleaner in your bedroom. Because it will be in your bedroom you should make sure it is rated as being quiet with a low decibal sound level. It should also be powerful enough to handle filtering the air in your given bedroom area. The Austin Air Bedroom Machine should do the job well.

  • 6. Keep pets out of your bedrooms! Dog and Cat allergies can become especially bad when your furry friends are allowed to sleep in your bed or even come into the bedroom. Their fur is often electrostaticly charged, especially in winter, so they may introduce other allergens into your bedroom besides their own fur and pet dander.

  • 7. If you do use anti-dust mite spray or other chemical anti-dust mite products, make sure they are all natural and non-toxic or considered green cleaning products. Otherwise we are back to square one regarding the introduction of potentially toxic chemical products into the bedroom areas.

  • 8. The best way to get rid of dust mites is to make your bedroom even more inhospitable to them by keeping your bedroom humidity level below fifty percent using a room air dehumidifier. And since dust mites feed on the skin cells you shed copiously while you sleep in bed, you should definitely invest in some allergy proof bedding such as an allergen proof mattress cover and pillow cases so they won't be able to hide so easily among the fibers.

  • 9. Where allergen proof bedding is not possible, make sure to wash this bedding once or twice a week minimum using water hotter than one hundred and forty degree Fahrenheit to kill dust mites and to reduce the skin cells they love to eat as well as other allergens. There are also special laundry detergents for allergy sufferers which will work at lower water temperatures. Again make sure they are natural, and non-toxic.

  • 10. Keep the door to your bedroom closed at all times to keep pets out. And if you run a true HEPA air purifier such as the above mentioned Austin Air Bedroom Machine cut your ceiling fan (with cleaned blades and motor) on to circulate the air. This will help make dust particles become airborn so the purifier can capture and filter them out of the air more efficiently.

  • Once you have created an allergy proof bedroom by following the above steps to remove both chemicals and creatures you will likely notice that you will fall asleep easier, sleep better in general, and you'll wake up without burning eyes, itchy throat, or sinus congestion. You will also probably be better rested and more energetic and your risk of respiratory infections and illness should be reduced in the long run as well.

    Sweet dreams. Don't let the bed bugs bite.

    But if they do, it is yet more reason to get yourself some mattress covers. And for pete's sake don't try to kill them by spraying toxic pesticides in your bedroom like they do in many hotel rooms. Always look for an environmentally friendly, non-toxic alternative solution. Keep your bedroom chemical free.

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