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For dust mites the best thing to do is use washable bedding. Many use throws, blankets and quilts that are seldom washed, and these fabrics often are a home for dust mites. To treat for dust mites, wash bedding in hot water. Parents of children with dust mite allergies also need to be careful of other cloth products that are not washable such as stuffed animals.

Dust mites prefer warm humid environments, so using a dehumidifier can help. It is advisable to keep humidity below 55 percent.

Dust mites also love to live in carpets and rugs, therefore the optimum floor covering for dust mites are hardwood, tile and vinyl. Basically any fabric, especially heavy fabric can be a haven for dust mites. Additionally, using hypoallergenic and dust mite proof covers on bedding will help create a dust mite free living space.


Mold spores are everywhere. That becomes problematic if you are allergic or otherwise sensitive to mold in the air. That we can’t avoid. What we can avoid is creating an environment where mold thrives and begins to grow and spread in a humid, wet environment.  When left unchecked, mold can become dangerous even when you are not allergic.

Basements are a cooler area of a home and therefore this is where water condensation can occur, creating a prime environment for mold growth. Using a dehumidifier in a basement can help avoid mold taking hold and growing in your home.

Fixing any leaks in your plumbing is another good way to avoid mold growth. You can use bleach to clean up small areas of mold, though you should seek remediation and inspection from professionals if you suspect you have mold growing in your home.


Another big allergy problem in homes is pet dander. Pets have allergens in their saliva and on their skin that irritate the allergies on many. Aside from not having pets at all, there are a few things you can do to limit the allergies due to pets.

One remedy is to keep the pets out of the bedroom. This allows for relief in the rooms where allergy sufferers spend the bulk of their time. Don’t allow a pet to sleep in your bed with you since the fabric you wear and sleep in can spread the pet dander all around your home. Try to keep your pets in non-carpeted areas of your house.  


HEPA is an acronym for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps allergenic particles such as dander, spores, etc.  

Using vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters can go a long way to reduce the suffering of allergy sensitive people in your home. They remove spores, dust mites, and pet dander in the air and dirt they process.

Another way to help is to purchase a HEPA filtration system and place it in the room where people spend most of their time. 


All of the actions suggested are about how you clean and prepare your home environment. They can go a long way to relieving allergy symptoms, but additionally, changes in diet based on your particular allergy also are recommended. Using nontoxic detergent and cleaning solutions is also advisable.

Consider wearing a mask and gloves while working in the yard, and thoroughly wash clothing afterward.  Choosing places to visit with less vegetation such as waterfront rather than fields, forests or meadows while on vacation can also be the right choice for allergy sufferers.

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