10 Tips to Attack The Source: Reduce Allergens

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Removing dust from the home is the first step in reducing allergens.

Wherever possible you should try to limit your exposure to
dust, smoke and allergens. Besides practicing the obvious —
not smoking, not having pets, and cleaning frequently — you
should also consider these measures:

1. Remove carpeting from bedrooms and living rooms.
2. Don’t use heavy drapes or curtains.
3. Cover pillows and mattresses with allergy covers.
4. Designate certain rooms pet-free.
5. Run a dehumidifier in the basement during the
6. Clean the basement walls with a diluted bleach solution
to reduce mold growth.
7. Use an exhaust fan in the bathroom.
8. Wipe down showers and baths after each use to reduce mold
and mildew.
9. Install a ducted range hood to reduce odors and cooking
10. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter so that you
don’t reintroduce dust and allergens that have already
settled on carpets.

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