5. Wash your sheets weekly
Though you should be washing your sheets every week anyway, this is especially important during allergy season. Bed sheets collect any pollen that has accumulated on your body during the day in addition to dust mites, dirt, and other allergens. Get rid of all allergens by washing your sheets, pillowcases, and other bedding materials in hot water (around 130℉) and soap. Bassett recommends using a dryer instead of a clothesline to prevent pollen from sticking to the sheets.
6. Update your window treatments
Blinds and shades trap fewer allergens than fabric window treatments, but if you’re not ready to give up your current curtains, make sure they’re machine washable. Washing your window curtains once a week will eliminate any allergens that have built up on the fabric and will prevent more allergens from accruing.
7. Be smart about your landscaping
If you’re especially susceptible to spring allergy symptoms, you can opt for low-allergen plants outside, like azalea, fuchsia, zinnia, orchids, begonia, astilbe, impatiens, hosta, and columbine, or low-allergen trees like eucalyptus and crape myrtle.
“A pollen mask can help reduce exposure to pollen and mold spores when you are tending to the garden, mowing the lawn, and [performing] other outdoor activities,” says Bassett.
8. Enjoy a cup of tea
After a day of working in your yard, relax with a calming cup of green tea. According to Bassett, studies from Japan support the use of drinking certain green teas (Benifuuki, in particular) because of how they help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms from some tree pollen, like cedar.