Children love their stuffed toys. They can become very attached to them, carrying their furry friends wherever they go. Other sources of dust in the bedroom include carpeting and the underpad beneath it, drapes, soft furniture, and stored items.
- Minimize the number of stuffed toys, and only buy them if they are machine washable in hot water (55-60°C) and they can be put in the dryer.
- Make sure the humidity level is below 50%, to reduce the growth of dust mites and moulds. Use a hygrometer to measure humidity levels.
- Store stuffed animals inside a trunk or other storage case when not used to limit exposure to dust and dust mites.
- If possible, remove all carpeting from the bedroom. Carpeting is a reservoir for dust, dust mites, chemicals and moulds, plus new carpeting can give off chemicals.
- Replace drapes with blinds or shades as they are easier to clean.
- Only keep items in the bedroom that are needed. We spend many hours a day in the bedroom, so breathing clean air here is important.
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