A Room-By-Room Guide To An Allergy-Free Home

  • Wash the bath mat in hot water every week. The dampness from stepping onto it wet from a shower can attract dust mites and cause mold growth.
  • Run the exhaust fan or leave the window and door open when taking a shower or bath.
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    The Living Room

    • Get rid of your overstuffed couch. Replace it with leather or vinyl, which will not be as hospitable to dust mites and other allergens.
    • Consider replacing the carpet. Solid-surface flooring, such as laminate, vinyl, or wood, is much less likely to harbor allergens. For the same reason, consider swapping fabric window curtains with simple shades.
    • Check your houseplants. Put pebbles on top of the dirt to prevent mold spores from getting into the air too easily.

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    Kitchen

    • Put the contents of all open boxes of food in airtight containers to discourage insects.
    • Clean the tray under the refrigerator with a bleach solution. It’s a mold magnet. Add salt to the drip tray to help reduce the growth of mold and bacteria.
    • Check under the sink. Quite often, a sink sprayer leaks around the fittings, and water drips under the sink, soaking everything down there and creating a perfect environment for mold.

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