Ah, spring: The time of year when flowers bloom, the air warms and … ahh-choo! … your allergies start to drive you crazy.
You might not be able to do much about the pollen and other common sneeze-inducers outside, but inside your apartment? That's another story. You can keep your wheezing under control simply by keeping your place clean. Allergens — substances that provoke the immune system, even though they're usually harmless — are often found in the home in the forms of dust and mold.
Get rid of allergens by following these simple tips. Not only will they cut down on the amount of tissues you'll go through; they'll make your apartment a nice, clean oasis as well.
Stuffed animals: Wash them in the machine if possible. If not, put the toy in a plastic bag and stick it in the freezer for 24 hours. This will kill dust mites hiding in the stuffing.
Rugs: Buy washable area rugs. Vacuum weekly with a HEPA filter and shampoo the rug frequently.
Bed linens: Wash sheets in hot water once a week. Encase your mattress in a dust mite-proof cover.
Bathtub/shower: Scrub as often as needed to prevent mold and mildew growth.
Curtains/blinds: Buy washable curtains and dust blinds often.
Upholstered furniture: Vacuum couch cushions and throw pillows often.
Plants: Spread gravel over dirt to contain mold.
Wood-burning fireplace: Avoid using it: Smoke can worsen respiratory problems.
Refrigerator: Throw out expired food and wipe out the inside and outside to avoid mold growth.
Trash can: Compost food waste or send it down the disposal rather than putting it in the trash can. Take out the trash as soon as the can is full.
How do you keep allergens under control in your apartment?
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