Before spending a full day playing outside, or swimming, I will sometimes check the air quality index. Doing so will help you to know the severity of pollution in the air, for a particular day and times of the day, as well as how to better protect your health.
Click on the links below to find the local air quality condition where you live
My son loves his stuffed animals, and he has so many. Since you aren’t supposed to put them in the washing machine or dryer, and I don’t want to spray them down with chemicals such as Lysol. What is another way to kill some germs and dust mites growing on those lovelies? Want to remove those allergens and dust mites from stuffed animals?
Freeze Them Out
To lessen allergies, every couple of months, I stick stuffed animals into a plastic, ziploc or freezer bag of some sort and put them into the freezer for 48hours.
For dust mites to live and multiply, they need an ideal temperature. If you create an inhabitable environment either via freezing cold or hot sun exposure, you will kill dust mites. Therefore, if you live in an extremely cold environment, where temperatures are below freezing, stick the stuffed animals in the garage or car overnight. Or, like me, if you live in Texas, during the summer months, you can stick toys, stuffed animals, bed sheets, just about anything outside to be zapped by the extreme heat and sun to kill dust mites within hours. During the winter months, I use the freezer trick.
We all know Spring cleaning but how about some Fall cleaning? Flu and cold season are coming so how about some Fall cleaning to reduce some allergy-triggering problems. The following is an easy and super simple tip.
Replace your pillows
Every 2 years, you should replace your pillows. We use zipper protectors under our pillowcases, doubling the life of our pillows, by reducing allergy-triggering dust mites.
Did you know that within 2 years your pillow has gained a 3rd of its weight from:
1) dead skin cells
2) dust mites
3) bug droppings
4) skittering live mites
5) hair and body oils
6) 1 mite = 20+/- faecal pellets a day
All that lovely that has soaked into your pillow is now a breeding ground for bacteria and allergy sufferage awaits you.
This infestation can cause allergic reactions as well as other problems such as:
1) pink eye
2) respiratory problems
I sleep better knowing my boys are sleeping healthier!