Sneeze-Free Do’s and Don’ts

Take a deep breath and get a load of this statistic. Over two million dust mites inhabit the average double bed. Yikes! And, 75-80 percent of allergies are aggravated by these tiny kissing cousins of the spider. Here are our Sneeze-Free Do’s and Don’ts that will make you breathe a little easier:

DO: Get rid of any carpet. Use washable area rugs or decorative floorcloths.
DON’T: Leave bedding and mattress uncovered. Use hypoallergenic cases.

DO: Opt for leather, vinyl, or plain wooden furniture; upholstery is a haven for mites. Regularly wipe down these surfaces with cleaner.
DON’T: Keep rooms humid. Use a dehumidifier and an air purifier.

DO: Remove heavy drapes. Use window shades instead of blinds. They collect less dust.
DON’T: Keep books in the bedroom…they’re dust magnets. Store them behind glass cabinet doors instead.

DO: Keep pets out of the bedroom.
DON’T: Use regular vacuum bags. Use Hepa filters to seal in dust.

DO: Wash and dry 100% cotton linens on hottest setting.
DON’T: Use down or wool bedding.

DO: Hang pictures on the wall vertically, not horizontally. They’ll collect less dust that way.
DON’T: Grow flowers in the bedroom. Instead, get one of these houseplants that can dramatically reduce toxins in the air:

  • Spider Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Ficus Plant

REMEMBER: After cleaning, close bedroom door for one hour and let dust and allergens settle.

For more information on making your bedroom sneeze-free yet stylish, see our article Tame Your Allergies.

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