Kick them to the curb (literally) by using these tips the next time you clean house.
Every time you walk into your house, you track allergens in with you. Keep your porches, patios and sidewalks swept clear; there's less chance of sneeze-worthy allergens coming home with you.
Those piles of clutter aren't just unsightly — they also give allergens, like dust, a great place to hide.
It's common knowledge that you need to vacuum to remove allergens from your carpet, but doing it wrong can actually do more damage than help. HEPA filters are specially designed to reduce allergens — without a HEPA filter, you're just sucking allergens out of the carpet and putting them back into the air. Fit your vacuum with a HEPA filter and use it once or twice each week.
Dirty sheets aren't just gross, they're a magnet for allergens. Wash yours at least once a week in water hot enough to kill dust mites — at least 130 degrees F.
It may be energy-efficient to hang your laundry out on a line, but it's definitely not allergy-efficient. Your clothes and towels collect allergens while they're out there, and then you carry them right back into your home.
Those sweet-smelling detergents tend to make allergy suffers miserable.
Dusting with dry cloths and mops just sends the allergens flying through your home. Dampen your cleaning tools first to make sure the dust mites get trapped.
Shampooing your carpet just leads to the possibility of mold and mildew, an allergy sufferer's nightmare.
Your bathroom is often damp, and that's a magnet for mold. Scrub any surface you can regularly, and keep your shower curtain and liner clean.
Cleaning your house is necessary, but lots of allergens are kicked up in the process. Wear a mask while you're cleaning, and leave the house for a bit when you're done to let the air clear.
If you find there's a chore that kicks your allergies into high gear every single time, stop doing it. Ask someone in your home who is not so sensitive to help you get it done .
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