So, here's how to allergy-proof your home, courtesy of Ladies Home Journal:
- First, clear the air. Keep the windows closed during pollen season. Don't use fans, because they stir up the dust. And if you have an air-conditioner, change the filters regularly. And cover the vents with cheesecloth to catch the dust and pollen.
- Then, don't bring pollen inside. Change your clothes as soon as you get home. And shower before bed, so you don't transfer clingy pollen to your sheets.
- Another way to make your home less allergenic is: Do away with dust. Vacuum twice a week. And dust regularly, with a damp cloth.
- And deal with dust mites and mold. Warm, moist air encourages both. So, use a dehumidifier in your bedroom, and get the humidity level below 50 percent. Also, wash your sheets once a week in water hotter than 130 degrees. Or put them in a hot dryer. And don't dry your sheets outside, where they'll collect more allergens.
- And the final 3 things that can make you less allergic to your house: Bathe your pets often, and don't let them in your bedroom. Don't keep too many indoor plants, because soil encourages mold growth. And store your firewood outside.