Reducing Allergens at Home | Consumer Reports

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[SNAP] [SNIFFLING] [SNEEZING] What is up with allergies today? [BOOM] Did you see that? [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] [EVIL LAUGHTER] [LOUD SNEEZE] Oh, gross! [SNIFFLING] They’re everywhere. I got to open up the window. [DEEP INHALE] Pollen, oh! [SNEEZING] Hey, roomie. Sarah, oh, am I glad to see you. Jack, what’s wrong? Well, outside of these
terrible allergies– [SNEEZING] Thank you so much. I’ve been being chased by
pollen and dust mites and dust bunnies. How do I stop this, Sarah? You know, at the work that
I do at Consumer Reports, we test a lot of appliances that
can actually help you reduce the allergens in your room. Let’s start with the dust. I’ve seen your room. It’s pretty dusty. Yeah, those dust mites,
they’re terrible. Because dust can
contain all these things like pollen and pet dander
and cockroach droppings, you really have to
vacuum once a week. It’s recommended that
people with allergies use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Another thing is making sure
you have a bagged vacuum. When you empty the bin
on a bagless vacuum, you’re actually releasing
allergens back into the air. Ah, I do that all the time. I should definitely change. So now, let’s deal with
the dust mites in your bed. By the way, what
exactly is a dust mite? Jack, I’ve got just
the guy to answer that question, chief scientific
officer, Dr. James Dickerson. [MUSIC PLAYING] Dust mites are microscopic
critters that feed mainly on dead skin flakes. And they can accumulate
on bedsheets. Mites accumulate on
one’s bed because they tend to like a warm
human environment, which a bed provides. Allergic reaction to dust
mites can cause inflammation within the sinuses,
which can lead to sneezing, nasal congestion,
and red, itchy eyes, among other things. So, Jack, better take care
of those dead skin flakes, because those dust mites
look downright ravenous. Dead skin flakes? Ugh, gross. Yeah, and if you’re
allergic to them, you really need to launder your
bedding in the washer and dryer regularly. Some washing machines
actually have a built-in heater and
a sanitizing cycle, which may help kill more mites. But another thing
you can do is shower before you climb
into bed at night. That way you’re washing
off any allergies that you picked up
throughout the day rather than bringing
them into bed with you. I’ll definitely
follow those tips. Now, let’s deal with
that pollen issue. If you have allergies,
you should really leave your window closed. Shouldn’t I lift my
window open for fresh air. So when you open the
window to let fresh air in, you’re also letting in all
of those other allergens from the outdoors
into your room. So if you’re getting hot
when the window is closed, you can always run your AC. And running the air
conditioning also helps by keeping the humidity
level in your room lower. Things like dust mites and
mold, they love a really damp environment,
so running the AC can help cut back on that too. You know, I have
an air purifier. Would that work? Yeah, definitely. A portable air purifier can
help by filtering pollutants that are in the air. Thanks for the advice, Sarah. [SNEEZING] You’re welcome, roomie. You know, I’m going to put an
end to this allergy horror show now. Mm, salad time. Oh, I need some pepper. [UPBEAT MUSIC] [VACUUM RUNNING] [MOTOR BUZZING] Ah, Sarah, thank you so
much for your advice. I feel much better already. I’m glad to hear it. [SNEEZING] Sarah, do you need more pepper? Sorry, Jack, I love my pepper. [MUSIC PLAYING] [SNAP]

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