[caption id="attachment_581" align="alignleft" width="198"]Image from freedigitalimages.net Image from freedigitalimages.net[/caption] It’s March, and while spring doesn’t seem so far away, winter is still in full swing. This is never good news for allergy sufferers. Dust can be hiding anywhere in your house, causing those with allergies to suffer from There are many actions you can take to remove winter allergens from the places they may be lingering. Use these tips to allergy-proof your home for the remainder of the winter. Make Your Bedroom a Safe Zone You spend a lot of time in your bedroom! Lingering dust mites and allergens can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Keep them from infesting your mattress by using allergy proof bedding. Remove any unnecessary rugs, plants, or shelves that could hold allergens. Do not allow pets in the bedroom in order to keep pet dander to a minimum. Clean all Nooks and Crannies Dust will settle any place it can get to. That includes all corners, window shades and blinds, and shelves. Begin cleaning a few of these problem areas daily in order to prevent any serious amount of dust from settling in your home. Keep all linen house wares, such as curtains, bedding, and throw rugs allergen-free by washing them in hot water. Use Hardwood Flooring if Possible Wall-to-wall carpeting can be one of the biggest hotbeds for dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. The thick fibers in carpet make it much more difficult to eliminate allergens from. If hardwood floor is not possible, vacuum often with a quality vacuum Wash Your Pets Because you and your family are spending more time indoors, you’re more likely to be exposed to your pet’s dander. This can irritate allergies just as much as dust mites. Wash your pet weekly in order to eliminate pet dander as often as possible. Control Humidity Keep your home’s humidity level between 35% and 45% by using a humidifier or dehumidifier. Maintaining a good humidity level will prevent mold growth, which could cause additional allergy irritation. Be sure to change water and filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.