Hidden Allergens at Home Make an Appointment Ask a Question Find a Doctor This information has been reviewed and approved by Mike Van Dyke, PhD, CIH (January 2013). Want to use this on your website? Fill out the content usage request form and then copy this code: Summary: 10 Ways to Curb Hidden Allergies at Home Avoid smoke particles; skip the wood-burning fireplace and don't smoke inside Keep pets out of the bedroom; limit dander in your sleeping area Take off your shoes; avoid tracking in allergens Avoid scenting your home; room sprays, scented candles and oils can trigger allergies When buying furniture, avoid cloth material and look for easy-to-clean surfaces Wash bed linens and curtains to reduce allergens in the air Humidity levels matter; too much moisture increases mold and dust mites Use HEPA filters in your vacuum and furnace Use solid flooring like tile, wood and linoleum; they are easiest to keep clean Use exhaust fans in kitchen and bathroom to lessen cooking fumes and moisture More Information on Allergies and Allergens Allergies Indoor Air Pollution Is Your 'Green' Home Making You Sick? Find a Doctor You may use this infographic or our hidden home allergens poster (pdf) with permission by completing our content usage request form. If you like our health information, sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, Health-e-News.