5 Natural Remedies to Help Fight Allergies in Your Home

Natural Remedies for Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, you can probably name a dozen over-the-counter and prescription medications that you’ve tried in an effort to tame your symptoms. You keep your favorites stocked in your medicine cabinet, have a supply of tissues in your purse and place a mini arsenal of remedies in your office. Are we right?

While you may have an allergy-fighting routine, there are other ways to prevent a stuffy nose and itchy eyes. We’ve compiled a list of natural allergy solutions to help you with your quest for allergy relief.
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Pets & Allergens: How to Get Rid of Odors and Dander

Pet Allergens

When you brought your pet home, you probably hadn’t planned on sneezing, wheezing and itching. Fido and Fluffy don’t mean to, but they can create havoc if you have allergies and asthma. Even if you aren’t allergic, airborne pet odors can be irritating.

While many people think animal fur causes allergic reactions, the problem actually stems from dander, which is composed of microscopic flakes from pet skin, saliva, dried urine and feces. These particles become airborne and cause a host of allergy and breathing troubles for sensitive individuals. The ammonia in cat urine also creates unpleasant reactions, such as watery eyes.
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14 Homemade Cleansers That Won’t Irritate Your Allergies

DIY Cleansing Products

Commercial household cleaners often contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate allergies. But a few common kitchen products provide the perfect ingredients for natural cleaning products that are allergy friendly.

You can make a variety of cleaning products from white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. Invest in some plastic spray bottles and a few small plastic containers, and you’re ready to make your own cleaners.

1. All-Purpose Cleaner:

Mix 2 cups vinegar and 2 cups water to create an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant. Don’t use this cleaner on marble, but it can be used on most other kitchen and bathroom surfaces. If you are not sure the cleaner will be safe, test it in an inconspicuous area before using it.

2. Scouring Cleaner:

Mix three-fourths cup baking soda and one-fourth cup water to create a paste for cleaning sinks, tubs, toilets, ceramic, aluminum, chrome and stainless steel. This same paste can be used to polish silverware.

Alternatively, mix one-fourth cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon liquid detergent and enough white vinegar to make a creamy texture. You can also add a squeeze of lemon into the paste to add a fresh and clean smell.

3. Copper and Brass Polish:

Use plain lemon juice as a polish for copper and brass items. Lemon juice will also dissolve hard water stains and soap buildup.

4. Drain Cleaner:

Pour one-fourth cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar down drains. The combination of the two will create a fizzy cleaner that will scour the inside of your drain pipes. Rinse with hot water. Use weekly to help prevent clogs and leave drains smelling fresh.

5. Dishwasher Cleaner:

Pour a half cup of vinegar into the reservoir of your dishwasher and run an empty cycle to disinfect and clean the interior of the dishwasher.
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4 Tips to Minimize Allergy Symptoms While Gardening

Allergies & Flowers

Spring and early summer usher in both gardening and allergy seasons. But avid gardeners don’t have to choose between their hobby and allergy relief. Understanding a bit about how plants contribute to allergy symptoms can help gardeners develop a strategy for having a well-tended garden while minimizing allergy symptoms.
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12 Uncommon Triggers for Seasonal Allergies

Allergy Triggers

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you probably know all the typical triggers — exposure to pollen, dust mites, mold and animal dander.

And you probably know to minimize your symptoms — staying indoors when pollen counts are high, using air conditioners instead of open windows, use a air purifier with a HEPA filter in your home, keeping pets out of your bedroom, and using a mask if you need to be outdoors.

What you may not know is that allergy symptoms can be triggered or made worse by a variety of activities that seem to have little bearing on seasonal allergies. If your allergy symptoms don’t respond to conventional preventative and treatment measures, it might be due to one of these 12 uncommon triggers.
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Top 5 Air Purifiers for Allergies

Best Air Purifiers for Allergies

If you suffer from seasonal or chronic allergies, you know that relief can be hard to come by. You’ve probably seen a specialist and are a regular at the pharmacy, but you may still be wondering if there’s more you can be doing. Using an air purifier in conjunction with your other preventative measures can provide additional relief within the bounds of your home, giving you the ability to breathe easier in the place you spend most of your time.

While looking for the perfect air purifier to provide you with allergy relief, there are 2 specific specifications you should pay attention to:

Filtration:

For allergy relief, you must find an air purifier with a HEPA filtration system. This is hands down the most effective air purifier technology when combating allergens. Other systems will remove larger particles from the air, but only HEPA filtration systems are certified to remove allergens on a microscopic level.

Noise Levels:

The best time to use an air purification system is while you’re asleep. This allows you to awake with less severe symptoms, such as congestion, itchy eyes, and scratchy throat. Because of this, you’ll want to find a unit with a tolerable noise output so you won’t be disturbed in this rejuvenating state. A little white noise can be soothing, but a disturbingly loud machine will undoubtedly cause you to lose sleep. Pay attention to each unit’s decibel (dB) levels. The higher the levels, the noisier the unit will be.
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6 Cleaning Tips to Help With Allergy Relief

It’s time for neighborhood barbeques, backyard pool parties and outdoor sporting events. Now that summer is officially here, your social calendar will undoubtedly fill up with fun-in-the-sun activities. Most people welcome the opportunity to be outside after a particularly harsh winter, but the arrival of warm weather can sometimes be rough for allergy sufferers.

Cleaning Supplies

You’ve probably read a bunch of articles that offer tips to fight allergies. From taking your medication earlier to wearing a mask while you mow the lawn, you probably already know some tricks to keep your allergy symptoms at bay.

But you might not know that keeping a clean house can help keep the onslaught of cold-like symptoms away. To add to your allergy knowledge, we’ll go over some of the best cleaning tips to rid your home of allergens.
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The Complete Air Purifier Buyer’s Guide

Stop and consider the air around you. Over the years, a few disconcerting facts have become clear: As populations grow and emissions levels rise, air pollution has become a dire issue for city dwellers. In both city and rural communities, airborne allergens can hinder daily life, causing bothersome and debilitating respiratory issues. The health risks associated with chemical, smoke, and other harmful inhalations are undeniable.

Air Purifier

To combat these and other issues, more and more people are turning to air purification systems to help them breathe cleaner, healthier air.

What do air purifiers do?

An air purifier works to remove contaminants from your surrounding air. Whether your biggest concern is eliminating airborne allergens, pollutants, smoke, or odors, there’s an air purification system designed to do just that.

How do air purifiers work?

Depending on the brand and model, air purifiers employ a variety of technologies. The most effective is HEPA filter technology. HEPA filters, or High Efficiency Particulate Air filters, use a complex configuration of fibers to trap 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. If that sounds oddly specific to you, it’s because in order to carry the HEPA name, the filter must be certified to perform at that level. So it’s not a guess, just a fact.

Another technology that is typically used in conjunction with HEPA technology is Activated Carbon. Activated Carbon’s porous structure and absorption properties make it the ideal combatant of odor, chemical, and smoke.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Are You Ready For Spring Allergies?

Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. Now that the weather is finally beginning to warm up. If the only signs of the season more surefire than these are sneezing, coughing, itchy and water eyes, you may be a sufferer of spring allergies.

Check out this infographic to find out what’s triggering and what you can do to find relief this allergy season:
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Activated Carbon Filters: What They Are & How They Work

If you use an air purification system, or are shopping for one, you may be familiar with activated carbon filters. With so many air purifier filters to choose from, you may wonder how an activated carbon filter works or what the benefits of using one are. Don’t let their small stature fool you; these clever filters are major combaters of everything from allergens and harsh pollutants to unpleasant tastes and odors. They rely on the process of adsorption to remove and capture impurities, so that all you’re left with is fresh, breathable air.

Here is a closer look at how these small filters can make a big improvement in your overall air quality.

What is an Activated Carbon Filter?

Activated carbon filters are small pieces of carbon, typically in granular or powdered block form, that have been treated to be extremely porous. It is so cavernous, in fact, that just one gram of activated carbon can easily have a surface area of 500m2 or higher. Vast surface area enables these carbon filters to adsorb exponentially more contaminants and allergens than traditional carbon.

Adsorption is a distinct process where organic compounds in the air or water react chemically with the activated carbon, which causes them to stick to the filter. The more porous the activated carbon is, the more contaminants it will capture. These filters are most notably used to remove hazardous compounds in home air purification systems.
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