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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Maintain Your Dehumidifier

Dust mites and mold spores thrive in warm, moist places. If it’s humid where you live, use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels in your home below 50 percent (mites can’t survive in low humidity). Use a humidistat (sold at home improvement stores) to measure your home’s moisture level. Unplug the dehumidifier, empty the water container and dry surfaces daily to prevent mold growth. Clean the filter once a month.

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