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6 Tips to Allergy-Proof Your Home

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Are you experiencing any allergy symptoms, such as having a scratchy throat or sneezing? One out of five Americans suffer from allergies according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. If you or one of your family members happens to fall somewhere in that 20 percent, then removing irritants from your home should be on your to-do list. Along with having a regular cleaning schedule, there are several considerations to help you maintain a clean and healthy home. Here are a handful of ways to allergy-proof your home to make the air more breathable for you and your family.

6. Cleaning Routine

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Developing a regular cleaning routine of vacuuming and dusting will help to keep the allergens down. Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products, because the chemicals found in traditional cleaning supplies can aggravate allergies. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, which is more efficient at trapping dust. You will also want to make sure the vacuum bag can be easily emptied without rescattering the dust particles. If you have heavy drapes in your home, these can trap the dust, which will hold the allergens in your breathing space. Opt for cleanable blinds or, at least, thinner drapes.

5. Your Bedroom

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Zip an allergen-impermeable cover around your mattress and also for your pillows. Be sure to get a cover that allows for perspiration-vapor transmission. Wash your sheets weekly in hot water to kill any dust mites. They can’t survive water that is 130 degrees, so a warm wash don’t do the trick. Dust gathers and settles into carpet, so removing the carpet in favor of hard-wood flooring would be the best option for limiting your exposure to allergens. Since you spend one-third of your time in the bedroom, it is a good idea to keep pets from tracking dust and dander into your sanctuary.

4. Your Child’s Bedroom

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There are extra considerations to make for allergy proofing a child’s bedroom. If the mattress is allowed to absorb moisture, this can attract mold spores. It is especially a good idea to encase the mattress in an allergen-permeable cover. For a baby mattress, you should use a waterproof cover to prevent moisture from seeping into the mattress if the child wets the bed. Stuffed animals should be washed weekly along with the sheets, since these plushy childhood friends are also magnets for dust and other allergens. Try to keep your child from sleeping with stuffed animals and keep them away from the bed in an enclosed box.

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