How to tackle a pollen invasion in your home this summer

Hay fever sufferers are bracing themselves for an increasingly uncomfortable summer as the Met-Office has warned that the UK is facing a surge in pollen levels this month. Many of those afflicted by this nasty allergen choose to hide away in their homes, however, with extreme levels, even the house isn’t safe!
Pollen travels not just through doors and windows, but can also carry on your person, your pets and surfaces. The culprit on the increase, grass pollen, is the most common hay fever allergen affecting 95% of suffers.
However, there are ways you can protect your home, halting this unwanted intruder’s advances. Voucherbox has compiled advice to pollen-proof every room in your house and keep hay fever’s cocktail of irritating symptoms, including itchy eyes, a runny nose and wheezing, at bay.
Whether arriving home from work to relax or wishing to chill-out in a pollen-free zone at the weekend, here are the steps to take-back control and make summer great again.

Bedroom
  • Close windows to ensure a restful sleep as pollen that settles on bedroom surfaces will interrupt your sleep
  • Wash bedding regularly to keep laundry fresh, in case any pollen finds its way into this restful space
  • Think twice about carpet and opt for wooden floorboards instead. They are easier to keep clean, however, if you must have carpet, make sure you hoover twice a week
  • Keep pets away from your bedroom as it’s fine to have them in your home but it’s best to keep pampered pooches and curious cats away from the bedroom
  • Washable curtains and blinds are an easy-win to ensure you can keep on top of any pollen build up.
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Living room
  • Decrease clutter on surfaces as unwanted objects that take up space on surfaces can harbour pollen
  • Empty your vacuum outside to ensure that pollen is disposed of and won’t make an unwanted return
  • Avoid upholstered furniture as this is very tricky to keep clean. A much better alternative is washable covers that are easily changed. If covers come in different colours you can always use it as an opportunity to refresh colours and themes
  • Houseplants can act as air purifiers, but they won’t do anything to improve the pollen count in the home
Kitchen
  • Keep sides clear and instead organise cupboards to keep surfaces as clear and clean as possible
  • Deep clean the fridge as while pollen may not make an appearance here, it can also harbour mould, which will increase the threat of allergens
  • Use green cleaners like vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda to reduce chemical irritants in your kitchen, that could exacerbate hay fever symptoms
  • Keep local honey in your kitchen cupboard as building up resilience
Bathroom
  • Have a shower when you get home to wash away any pollen that you’ve collected in your hair and on your skin during the day
  • Make sure you use bathroom tiles in your bathroom instead of paint to ensure that mould doesn’t take hold
  • Deep clean your bathroom every week
  • Reduce clutter with storage boxes, keeping shampoo and lotion bottles away to ensure sides are clean and clear
Everywhere
  • Consider an air filtration unit to purify the air and capture pollen, dust and other nasty allergens
  • Ditch outdoor clothing as soon as you get home to make sure that you don’t carry pollen around with you and transfer it onto furniture and surfaces
  • Pollen proof screens and blinds can also be installed to allow you to keep windows open that maintain airflow and protect your interiors from pollen.

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