Updated 07 May 2018

Make your bedroom allergy safe

Allergies and asthma occur across the age, sex and race spectrum. Are you a victim? Simple things that you can do in and around your home can make your life a lot easier.

Use the guidelines below to make bedrooms "allergy-safe" zones.

Take action:

  • Don't overfill your bedroom with furniture
  • Choose light furniture with clean lines that can easily be cleaned and moved around
  • Put books, CDs and toys in cupboards and keep cupboards and cupboard doors closed so that house mites do not settle inside
  • Heaps of books, dried flowers, thick drapes and curtains all gather dust – limit the presence of these in a bedroom if you are unable to keep it spotlessly clean
  • Tiles and loose mats are easier to keep clean than wall-to-wall carpets – choose short pile carpets or cotton mats that can be kept clean more easily than long pile carpets

Read more: 5 easy ways to get rid of dust mites


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