Up next in Allergies (5 videos)
Sneezing and wheezing your way through the seasons got you down? Get your allergy or allergies under control with this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A broom
- A dust pan
- A wet rag or duster
- Cleaning products
- Plastic covers for furniture
- A vacuum with a HEPA filter
- Allergy test
Control dust mites
Control dust mites by keeping surfaces in your home clean and uncluttered. Bare floors and walls are best, particularly in the bedroom.
Cover as much as possible
Cover as much as possible. Putting zippered covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs can reduce allergies.
Vacuum and wash sheets weekly
Vacuum your home and wash bed sheets in hot water at least once a week.
Dust everywhere and often. Use a wet rag or wet duster.
Watch for pet allergies
Know your pet allergies if you have a pet or if you’re considering getting one.
Seal and filter your home
Seal and filter your home. Keep out pollen by closing windows and doors, and change filters often in window-installed A/C units.
Sop up the moisture, because mold is really bad for allergies. Dehumidifiers will help reduce both mold and dust mites. Fix leaks and replace old carpeting for extra protection.
Use allergy medications
Use allergy medications — creams, nasal sprays, eye drops, or pills — based on symptoms and your doctor’s advice. And now that you’ve done it all, take a deep breath and relax.