- Keep Your Hamper Covered: This may seem obvious, but the clothes you put in your hamper are dirty, so tossing them in and not covering it up can lead to particles like dirt and pollen wafting into the air.
- Hang Your Dry Cleaning Out to Dry: Dry cleaning uses chemicals to get your delicate clothes clean, but those chemicals can also irritate sensitive individuals and lead to fatigue, dizziness, headaches and even attention problems. Uncover your freshly laundered clothes and leave them outside or in the garage for a few hours to let them de-gas.
- Stow Your Shoes: Or better yet, don’t store them in your bedroom. Researchers at the University of Arizona in Tucson say each sole can carry up to 421,000 germs. Yuck.
- Get a New Pillow...Regularly: This might be the most disgusting fact you’ll read today: if your pillow is 2 years old (or older), at least 10% of its weight is made up of dead dust mites and their collective waste. Inhaling all of that can cause sore throat, congestion, puffy eyes and more.
- Choose Plants Wisely to Avoid Mold: If you like to keep a plant in your bedroom, choose one that doesn’t require frequent watering. Damp soil can play host to mold spores, which can cause irritation in your throat, stuffy nose, coughing and more. Good plant picks include heartleaf philodendron, dragon tree, cacti, aloe or jade plants.
Source: First for Women, October 10, 2011