Healthy Home ChecklistHere's everything you need to do to keep your family healthy this fall, from attacking germs wherever they lurk to stocking your medicine cabinet.
1. Allergy-Proof Your Home
Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing in Columbia, Md., offers these tips for reducing dust mites, mold spores, and other common indoor allergens:
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- Vacuum frequently, ideally with a machine that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulateair) filter. Since carpets and rugs collect dust more easily, bare floors are recommended for people with severe allergies.
- Control dust mites by using zippered allergen-impermeable covers on mattresses, box springs, and pillows.
- Wash comforters and pillows in hot water at least once every three months. Sheets, blankets, and pillow cases should be washed in hot water once a week. Avoid down feathers.
- Keep your home dry and well ventilated (less than 50% relative humidity) by using fans in the bathroom and kitchen to help