How to Clean a Bedroom While Battling Dust Allergies

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Just because you're battling dust allergies doesn't mean you can't still clean your bedroom. Clean a bedroom while battling dust allergies with help from an expert from the Arizona Natural Health Center in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr.Laurinda Kwan from the Arizona Natural Health Center. Allergies to dust can make everyday chores such as cleaning, more frustrating. While you can't make your entire home dust-free, there are some simple things you can do to lessen your allergic reaction to dust while cleaning, and to help allergy proof your home. The first thing you want to do, is to make sure you turn on your heating and cooling fan, so that the debris kicked up will be pulled into the filter. Install an HVAC filter, specifically designed to catch small particles such as dust mites, mold and dander. And replace them monthly. Turn on HEPA Air Purifiers, if you have environmental allergies, I recommend purchasing one of these. It is best to have it on, at least four hours a day, to help filter airborne allergens out of the air. Make sure they are NSF certified, and check consumer reports. It is most important to have an air purifier in the bedroom and make sure it is running when you're cleaning. Put on your mask to avoid breathing in stirred up allergens. These are easily picked up at local hardware stores or medical supply shops, inexpensive ones will work just fine. And remember, prevention is best. If you lessen your direct exposure to allergens, then you won't have allergic symptoms. Start with tidying and de-cluttering, lots of magazines and stuffed animals collect dust. Put these away and consider shelves or cabinets with doors for storage of these items. Shake out comforters, outer bedding and decorative pillows outside, then vacuum with HEPA filter vacuum.Make sure you pull out your sheets carefully to avoid stirring up dust particles and remove them from the room, then damp dust. I recommend dusting after vacuuming, to help pick up loose particles that are kicked up from the vacuum. Damp dust, using a dampened cloth or dusting for dusting, or a wet mop, if you have hard flooring. This will significantly minimize the distribution of dust through the air. A few other tit-bits, those with allergies are often sensitive to chemicals use din common household cleaning supplies. This is particularly true for people with respiratory allergies. Use environmentally friendly products or make your own homemade cleaning products. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is properly maintained, and change the filters regularly. Ideally, you want to keep the humidity in your house, about 40 to 50 percent. Use a cool mist humidifier if needed, and the temperature should be about 70 degrees. These are ideal conditions to keep dust mites and mold to a minimum. And consider prophylactic treatment. Stinging nettle, an herb, is a common weed found in the United States, and is mother nature's antihistamine. But without the unwanted side effects of drowsiness. You can find stinging nettle is capsule form at your local health food stores. And taking about 300 milligrams before cleaning will offer some protection for most people. The key points to remember when cleaning a bedroom or battling dust allergies, is to practice prevention. Limit your exposure to dust particles by providing a barrier and keeping dust out of the air. I'm Dr.Laurinda Kwan from the Arizona Natural Health Center, talking to you today, about how to clean a bedroom while battling dust allergies.

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