Guard­ing your home against al­ler­gens

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HOME & LIVING - By ELLEN WHYtE

AL­LER­GENS such as dust mites, pollen, dyes and strong scents can cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tions that run from itchy skin to runny noses.

If you’re sen­si­tive, here are some ideas that can help re­duce trig­gers.

1. Cur­tains and blinds trap dust. You can opt for plas­tic blinds or eas­ily cleaned items that can be washed in the ma­chine ev­ery week, but also con­sider get­ting rid of them al­to­gether and us­ing win­dow film for pri­vacy.

There are lots of choices, just make sure you buy one that will give you full- time pri­vacy no mat­ter what is the light level.

2. Buy anti- al­ler­gen cov­ers for your mat­tress, pil­lows and sofa cush­ions.

Also be sure to put out your cush­ions and pil­lows in the sun reg­u­larly to kill spores that drift in through open doors and win­dows.

3. Mites and moulds thrive in the damp so a de­hu­mid­i­fier is a good in­vest­ment.

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