Home Remedies for Allergies

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Keep your home cool and dry to decrease mold and dust mite growth and roach intrusions. One study found that levels of dust mites and other allergens dropped significantly in homes where the relative humidity was lower than 50%. To maintain this level, you may need to run your air conditioner along with a dehumidifier. However, remember to empty the unit's water often and clean it regularly, according to the manufacturer's instructions, to prevent mold growth. Expert: Larry G. Arlian, PhD, research professor and professor emeritus at Wright State University

Bleach

Use this cleaning staple in humid areas to kill mold. Wipe down the surfaces in your bathroom as needed. You can clean floors, vinyl, tile, and sinks with a solution of 3/4 cup of bleach per gallon of water. Let it stand for 5 minutes, then rinse. (For tough locations, like a basement, you'll want something stronger like a fungicide).

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