Tips for allergy sufferers

pollenClick on top title to open and scrollDesigner Robin Wilson is an ambassador for The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. She is also the celebrity designer representing Panasonic’s line of products for the home. Here are Robin’s tips to reduce summer allergy symptoms:

In the bathroom

Get rid of your vinyl shower curtain because it holds mold more easily and gives off gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. Use non-toxic cleansers, and always lower the toilet seat cover when flushing to ensure that spraying particles do not land near or on your towels, toothbrushes, or soaps. 

For bedding                                                                                                                                     Medicine can help allergy sufferers but so can controlling pollen and dust

Use hypoallergenic pillows and wash your pillow case once a week and your pillow protector at least once a month, and replace pillows every three years. Cover your mattress with a hypoallergenic cover and wash it every two months. Make sure your mattress is non-toxic, without formaldehyde-based fire retardants.

Use non-VOC paints

Summer is a great time to paint a room.  Use non-VOC, or volatile organic compound, paints in your home which won’t give off gas, leave an obnoxious paint odor, and stir up asthma or allergies. You can’t even tell the difference in how it looks on the wall.


Get rid of wall-to-wall carpeting. Tile and hardwood floors are a much better choice, but must be vacuumed or cleaned on a regular basis to eliminate dirt and dust. Each summer, remove everything from the room as if you were moving, and mop or steam-clean the entire floor.  

Check for mold in dishwashers, under the fridge in the water pan, and in sink and bath drains. Change water dispenser and icemaker filters.

Wash or freeze stuffed your child’s stuffed animals and toys to kill dust mites.

Consider using slipcovers on your upholstered sofas which can be washed regularly and have come a long way from slipcovers of 10 years ago. Make sure to limit the use of drapes as they are “dust catchers.”

Keep the outside world from coming in

Always leave shoes, sandals, and other footwear in the garage or on the porch.  Make sure all windows are properly sealed and outdoor air isn’t seeping in, which will also keep energy costs down.

Keep pets clean and off of beds

Cat and dog allergies are very common, so keep pets bathed regularly to reduce dander. Never allow pets on the bed and always wash your hands after handling an animal.  

DolceDolce tips:

After spending time outside, brush your hair and change your clothes to keep allergens out of the house. If your eyes are tearing or feel irritated, wash your lashes gently with a clean washcloth and cool water to remove any clinging pollen.

During peak allergy season, change pillowcases daily, especially if you do not wash your hair every evening. Pollen collects in your hair and transfers to your pillow.