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.