|Environmental allergies… what are they?|
In my previous blog, I explained what allergies are and gave you a few tips on how to look after your dog’s home environment. At this time of the year, we are surrounded by allergens from grasses and grains. In the autumn there’s a strong wave of allergens from weed pollen and mould spores.
Apart from dogs and other pets you have in your house, there are some, much smaller creatures, that we hardly know about unless we or our dogs are allergic to them – mites…
Mites are a common part of households. They not only feed on dead skin cells but they also munch on bacteria and mould. The most common places where you find them are on carpets and beddings – ours and the dogs.
The allergic reaction is caused by the enzymes in mites excrements. These then spread into the air, attach to dust particles and settle on the floor. Unfortunately, we also find mould in dust particles. They not only exist in a damp environment but you find it outside too. From there they get into your house during a wet summer or autumn. Can you imagine in one gram of dust that we can find up to one million mould spores? 😱
Pollen is also found in dust that blows in through open windows. This can be a bit of a vicious cycle, as you can see. The good news is that mites are killed by fresh air when opening windows or by putting bedding into the sun. Dry air and sunlight are able to kill mites after a few hours (much the same as frost). FANTASTIC!
Yes, that’s good news but if you or your dogs suffer from dust and pollen allergies, this way you get more dust and pollen into the fabrics and then into your house 🤦♀️.
| ❤︎ Mites are killed by Eucalyptus essential oil. You can add a few drops in the rinse cycle of your washing.|
❤︎ Lemon is not only universal food but also ideal for floor cleaning. You can use fresh fruit or essential oil. You can also make a refreshing smelling air freshener. Just mix 2 parts of freshly squeezed lemon juice to one part water.
❤︎ Lavender is great for cleaning brushes and combs but remember less is more. A few drops can be also added to your washing.
❤︎ Eucalyptus does a good job of cleaning the air. Just add a few drops into water in your oil burner. You can also add a few drops into alcohol and spray curtains or bedding as the eucalyptus kills mites.
I hope your allergies aren’t spoiling this beautiful time of the year for you!
Any other tricks up your sleeve? Let me know 🤞