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Our home is our comfort zone, a place to kick off our shoes, plop down on the sofa, and forget about the outside world. But how comfortable is your abode for allergens? Do dust mites dig that old sofa as much as you do? Do cockroaches share your fondness for cakes and cookies? Do mold spores love lingering in that warm, steamy shower, too? Those unseen and unwanted housemates can turn a happy home into a house of horrors for allergy sufferers.

Allergens can easily be tossed off the sofa, out of the kitchen, and away from your bathroom by allergy-proofing your home. A vital part of any allergy-treatment program, allergy-proofing the home takes some effort and time. But once you develop routines, implement housecleaning strategies, reduce allergens, and stick to a goal, you can breathe a sigh of relief...without sneezing, sniffling, or wheezing.

This article will focus on the ways to clean your home when you suffer from allergies. No area is overlooked. From the grimy garage to the dust-prone bedroom, we will tell you how to minimize your risk of agitating your allergies at home. We will begin with a few tips for allergy-proofing beginners.

Moderation is the key. (However, allergy sufferers need to tread on the cleaner side of moderate.) Try to cover the basics in allergy-proofing your home (for example, encasing all beds in mite-proof material), follow a regular cleaning schedule, and when possible, make additional improvements.

Allergy-proofing your home won't eliminate all allergens or all your symptoms. But, the more effort you give it, the better you'll feel.

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