Home Allergies?

January 16, 2014
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getty_rf_photo_of_hugging_dog_goodbyeDoes your home make you sniffle? Use these home cleaning tips to cope with allergies and prevent sneezing and discomfort.

  • Thoroughly clean places where molds flourish, like drain pans under your refrigerator, old flowerpots and shower curtains.
  • Encase box springs, mattresses and pillows in allergy-proof covers to keep dust – and dust mites – away.
  • Clean and service air conditioning units to remove pollen and other allergens trapped during prior use.
  • Always wash bedding in hot water (at least 130 F) to kill dust mites and launder every one to two weeks.
  • Dust regularly. Wear a mask if you are allergic to dust and replace dusting cloths often to prevent dust transfer from one piece of furniture to the next.
  • Stay away from dustwands, brooms and feather dusters. These tools merely move dirt and dust around. Vacuum all surfaces thoroughly, preferably with a HEPA-filter vacuum, catching dust on baseboards, high ledges, upholstery and ceiling fans.
  • Restrict your pets’ movement to as few rooms as possible, especially with regards to bedrooms. Frequently damp-wipe feeding areas and launder bedding often.