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Around The House

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10 simple tips to help the allergens in your home bite the dust.

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. Give it a rinse

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 wherever you spend a lot of time, especially your bedroom.

4. Clear the mold

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

5. Close the windows

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

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

During housework, wear a mask to protect yourself from allergens. Afterwards, leave the house to avoid 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 and keep units clean.

10. Vacuum and filter

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