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Reducing Pollen and Dust Mites

May 14, 2011

Your number one defense against pollen is to avoid it as much as possible.  You cannot get rid of pollen outside, but you can limit it indoors.  Here are some tips:

Close the windows at home and in your car.

If you need to cool down, run the air conditioning instead of opening the windows.  Put the air on "recirculate" so you are not bringing in oustide air filled with pollen.

Put pillows, box springs, and mattresses in cases that keep dust mites out.

Throw sheets, comforters, blankets, curtains, and washable stuffed animals regularly into the washing machine, set to the hottest water temperature the material can handle.

Use the clothes dryer.  Dust mites cannot take heat.

Keep kitchens and bathrooms clean and dry. If you use a humidifier, clean it regularly so it doesn’t become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

If your kids have dust mite allergies and their toys cannot be washed, put the toys in the freezer for 48 hours every two weeks.  Freezing temperatures will kill the dust mites.

To further reduce dust mites, consider replacing your carpeting with hard flooring and getting rid of upholstered furniture.

In the basement or attic, put away collectibles and clothes in plastic storage bags and run a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth.

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