Sneeze Alert: How to Control Allergens In Your Bedroom
Your bedroom is your retreat—a comfortable space to relax and sleep. Unfortunately, it can also be a haven for allergens. The soft comforter, fluffy pillows, and deep-pile carpet you enjoy may also attract dust mites, pet dander, and other indoor allergens. Here’s how to help keep these invaders from overtaking your space:
Clean, clean, clean
The best way to help prevent dust, pet dander, and other allergens from settling into your bedroom is to clean often. Dust all furniture and surfaces weekly (don’t forget to wear a mask). Vacuum the floors with a cyclonic vacuum, or use one with a HEPA filter, if you’re allergic to dust or another indoor allergen. To remove allergens from your bedding, wash all of it—including mattress pads—in hot water or bleach every 10 days, experts suggest.
When it comes to your floors, that is. Heavy rugs and carpets are a playground for dust mites and mold. Think about installing hardwood, tile, or linoleum flooring where you sleep.
Use a bedtime barrier
To make your bed less alluring to allergens, encase your mattresses, box springs, and pillows in protective covers.
Create a no-pet zone
As tempting as it may be to curl up with your dog or cat at night, for the sake of allergy prevention, it’s best to keep pets out of your bedroom.
Put stuffed animals away
If your child loves stuffed animals, keep them off her bed. Instead, store furry toys in plastic containers you can seal to keep dust mites away.
Filter nighttime air
A portable HEPA air filter can help remove allergenic particles from your bedroom. Choose an efficient filter that works over an extended time. Your health care provider can guide you.
Contact your health care professional, if you suspect you or a family member may have allergies. You can find products at Bed Bath & Beyond to help control allergens in your home.
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