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A bout of spring cleaning can leave your home sparkling. Keep that tidy look year-round by taking a few measures to minimize dust in your dwelling. These tips will especially benefit people who suffer from allergies.

Wash bedding often. Get rid of fabric fibers and dust mites by washing your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Vacuuming your mattress will also help.

Keep closets tidy.Clothing and towels shed countless fibers, and those particles invade the rest of your home every time you open a closet door. Use garment bags, large zipper bags and plastic totes to store clothes and linens.

Use the right tools. When cleaning, avoid dry rags, feather dusters, and brooms, which will kick up dust into the air and allow it to settle elsewhere in your home. Instead, use damp cloths or a device designed to trap dust as you clean.

Clean the right way. Clean from top to bottom, hitting the highest surfaces first. Vacuum at least once a week, and not just the floor, but also upholstered furniture, lampshades and window coverings.

Clear clutter. Don’t let piles of clothing, shoes, or magazines accumulate. Cleaning around clutter won’t eliminate the dust that has settled on or among it.


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