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Around The House

Ten simple tips to minimize the allergens in your home.

1. Wash Surfaces Regularly

Use single-wipe dust rags and damp mops to clean. If you use cleaning rags, wash them in hot water after every use.

2. Rinse Nasal Cavities

Nasal irrigation or washing of the nasal cavity and nostrils with saline solution can be done daily to help promote healthy sinuses.

3. Filter Your Air

Consider using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in rooms where you spend a lot of time, especially your bedroom.

4. Clear Mold

If you find mold on a hard surface, clean it with water and detergent and let it air dry completely.

5. Close Windows

Keep your windows closed to help keep allergens outside. If it gets warm, use an air-conditioner to stay cool.

6. Take Off Your Shoes

Leave your shoes at the front door to avoid tracking dust and other allergens into the home.

7.Hot Wash, Hot Dry

Once a week, wash bedding in hot water and dry it in a hot dryer.

8. Chores, Then Out the Door

When doing housework, wear a mask to protect yourself from allergens. Afterwards, leave the house to avoid any allergens you may have stirred up.

9. Dehumidify and Clean

You can reduce moisture in damp basements with dehumidifiers, but make sure to empty the water regularly and keep units clean.

10. Vacuum and Filter

A vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will help reduce allergens in the air.