How to Steer Clear of Allergies this Holiday Season
The holiday season is a merry and exciting time of year, filled with family and friends, lots of cooking and baking, and even more festive decorations. However, with all of the pine needles, potpourri, seasonal-scented candles, holiday treats and other festive scents and decorations, there are quite a few things that can provoke allergies during the various celebrations. The good news though is that there are several ways to steer clear of potential allergies.
Clean Your Tree
Whether you choose to bring home an artificial Christmas tree or big green pine tree this year, both have their own host of allergens. To ensure that nothing comes into your home that could provoke allergies, it's important to clean the tree before bringing it indoors. For real trees, use a damp cloth with water or vegetable cleaner to wipe down the pine needles. This will help keep mold away. When purchasing an artificial tree, be sure to get one that has not been sprayed with chemicals such as fake snow.
Buy New Lights and Ornaments
One of the most common triggers of allergies during the holiday season is dust. Boxes of holiday decorations that have been stored away in the basement or attic all year long are likely to be covered in a layer of dust that will fill your home as soon as you unpack. Cleaning all ornaments before packing them away each season, and storing them in a sealed bag or container will help to reduce the amount of dust that is collected. However, the best way to ensure that your decorations won't provoke unwanted watery eyes or a scratchy throat is to splurge on a new set of colorful lights and decorative trinkets this year.
Opt for Natural Candles and Artificial Flowers
Holiday scented candles and festive plants such as poinsettias have been known to provoke allergies. To steer clear of any decorations that may cause trouble in the home, opt for fake flowers this year. These look just as beautiful and will last longer than real ones. Natural candles made of beeswax are not only good for your health, they also help promote clean air in your home.
Use Your Humidifier
When the cold winter weather arrives, it's not always easy to keep the clean and fresh outdoor air flowing into your home. To promote comfortable air in your living room, kitchen, bedrooms and anywhere else in your home, use your humidifier. To avoid the potential of dust mites invading, keep the humidity level in your home below 50 percent.