Breathe easy with these tips on making your home allergy-free


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Allergy season has come and gone, but those of you who are asthmatic and allergy-prone know all too well that pollen is not the only offender. Look around your home and you’ll find countless places and ways that are just ready and waiting to unleash their wrath. But you can breathe a little easier because HellaWella help is on the way!

Here’s a list of possible allergy/asthma causes and what you can do to stop them.

Cause: Chemicals
Found: In cleaning products, paint, etc.
Fix: When using something with a possible chemical irritant, open windows or doors, or use an exhaust fan and follow instructions on the label. Or try to stay away when these products are being used. (Bonus: No cleaning!)

Cause: Dust
Found: Anywhere
Fix: Vacuum carpets and fabric-covered furniture with a high-efficiency filter. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, leave the room when the vacuum is being used. (Bonus: No vacuuming!)

Cause: Dust mites (tiny bugs)
Found: In your bedding, mattress, carpet, curtains or stuffed animals
Fix: Wash bedding in hot water once a week, and make sure to dry it completely. Use dust-proof covers on pillows and mattresses. Vacuum carpets and furniture every week. Wash stuffed animals in hot water and dry completely.

Cause: Mold
Found: Damp or wet surfaces, usually in kitchens, bathrooms and basements
Fix: Clean up mold on hard surfaces with soap and water, and let it dry completely.
When you’re showering, cooking or washing dishes, use an exhaust fan or open a window. Fix water leaks as soon as you find them. Keep indoor humidity to 30% to 50%. You can measure humidity levels with a hygrometer, which you can find at hardware stores.

Cause: Pets
Found: Wherever they may wander
Fix: Keep them out of your bedroom and off furniture, and keep them outside if possible. Or — and we know you don’t want to do this, but your health is important — find them another home.

Cause: Pests (cockroaches, rodents, etc.)
Found: In places with food and water
Fix: Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors clean. Clean dishes and spills immediately. Store food in airtight containers. Seal cabinets with cracks and openings.

For more info, check out the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the Environmental Protection Agency websites.