Suffer From Allergies? Here’s How to Keep the Dust Down While Cleaning

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, even the simplest daily routines can be a struggle. Nothing is easy when you suffer from asthma or can barely catch your breath between sneezes. Here’s how to minimize allergens in the home without making things worse by stirring up dust while you clean.

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1. Make your bedroom an allergen-free zone.

If you focus your allergen-busting cleaning efforts in just one area of the home, make it the one you sleep in.

• To keep allergens at bay, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends washing bed linens (including blankets) weekly in hot water.
• Zippered, allergen-impermeable covers on mattresses and pillows can keep dust out by using a material with pores too small for dust mites to fit through.
• Skip wall-to-wall carpeting and heavy drapes in favor of bare floors and wood blinds or roller shades, so dust has nowhere to hide.
• Give the room a thorough cleaning (floors, bedding and damp dusting) once a week.