Guidelines to take away all the microbes at home...

Friday, February 12, 2010

To reduce allergens inside your home, you can remove items where allergens build up, such as stuffed animals or rugs. You can also use regular cleaning and housekeeping to prevent allergens from building up.

Measures to control allergens throughout your home include:

  • Controlling dust and dust mites, such as dusting regularly and washing bed linens in hot water. Dust contains most of the allergens in your home.
  • Controlling animal dander and other pet allergens, which include keeping pets only in certain areas of your home.
  • Controlling molds, which include cleaning bathtubs and showers monthly.

Because adults spend one-third of their time and children spend half of their time in their bedrooms, it is important that you take steps to prevent allergens in this room.

Polluted air does not cause allergies, but it can irritate the nose and lungs. This may make it more likely that you will have symptoms. So, other things you can do are to avoid tobacco smoke, smoke from wood-burning stoves, and fumes from kerosene heaters. If you have a wood-burning stove, try to use one that is airtight and does not leak smoke into your home.


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