Got Allergies? Read This Before Cleaning Your House

If you're one of the nearly 40 million Americans living with allergies, cleaning is probably the last thing you want to do. But ridding your home of dust mites, mold and other allergens can help you breathe easier (16 Photos)

Jeannette Moninger on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:15PM

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Got Allergies? Read This Before Cleaning Your House

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Get Rid of Dust Mites

Dust mites, tiny microscopic creatures that live in your bedding, furniture and carpet, are found by the thousands in dust. Because they get particularly cozy in comforters, quilts and blankets during the winter, you should wash bedding in water that’s at least 130 degrees and use the hottest dryer setting. In fact, it’s a good idea to clean all bedding this way once a week, and to encase all comforters, pillows, box springs and mattresses in hypoallergenic, zippered covers to create a barrier between you and the mites. Don’t air-dry laundry outside -- it’ll become a magnet for pollen and mold.

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