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Allergy-Proof Your Home

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you have hay fever or allergic asthma symptoms throughout the year, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home.  Here are some suggestions: Bed and Bedding:  Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers.Flooring:  Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring and washable area rugs.Curtains/Blinds:  Use washable curtains and replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.Windows:  Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season.Furnishings:  Avoid upholstered furniture.Clutter:  Remove items that collect dust.  Store children’s toys, games, etc. in plastic bins.Pets:  Keep animals out of the bedroom.  Bath pets at least once a week.  Keep pets outside.Air Filtration:  Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.Furniture:  Use furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.Plants:  Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mold.Fireplaces:  Avoid using wood-burning fireplaces or stoves.Stove:  Use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture.Sink:  Wash dishes daily.Refrigerator:  Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mold growth.Cabinets/Counters:  Clean cabinets and counter-tops with detergent and water.Food Waste:  Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily.Ventilation:  Use an exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths/showers.Walls:  Install tile or paint the walls with mold-resistant enamel paint.Shower/Tub:  Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use to prevent mold.Toilet/Sink:  Scrub mold from plumbing fixtures.  Repair leaks.Foundation, Windows, and Stairwells:  Repair any sources of leaks or water damage.Air Quality:  Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness and clean it once a week.Storage:  Store collectibles and clothes in plastic storage bins.Clothes Dryer:  Vent moisture outside.Temperature/Humidity:  Maintain the temperature between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C) and keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent.Pests:  Control cockroaches and mice with inexpensive traps from the hardware store.Mold:  Close doors and windows during warm weather and use air conditioning and dehumidifiers.Weekly Cleaning Routine:  Damp-mop wood or linoleum flooring and vacuum carpeting.Smoking:  Don’t allow smoking anywhere inside your house.Source/Information:  Mayo Clinic

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