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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Buy the Right Supplies

Before you start cleaning, you'll need rubber gloves and a dust mask rated at least N95 (meaning it filters 95 percent of airborne particles), which you can buy online for as little as $4.99 or at a home improvement store. “Surgical masks are ineffective at keeping out dust,” says Jeffrey May, author of Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips. Use a damp cloth or statically-charged microfiber cloth and a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum. Cleaners and air fresheners with fragrances can inflame air passages, so stick to commercial all-natural products or use this tips to make your own.

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