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Leaving the window open for a few hours is sort of like extending an open invitation to all the pollen on your block.

Rethink your shower curtain.

If you’re using a vinyl or PVC shower curtain in your bath, swap it for a fabric option made of nylon for as little as $10. Nylon beats vinyl because the material is less inviting to mold, and contains fewer of other types of harmful materials. Nylon shower curtains are also easy to keep clean—just take it down and throw it in the washing machine.

Replace air filters.

If you live in a home or apartment with an HVAC system, it’s important to change out the filter every one to three months to make sure the allergens aren’t entering your home. Experts say that taking this step can help reduce the amount of pollen in your home by 90 percent.

Cool your home off.

Dust mites and mold thrive in the heat and humidity. The Mayo Clinic recommends setting your home thermostat at 70 degrees and use dehumidifiers to keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent.

Take a shower.

When you’re outside for a long period of time, pollen and other allergens can collect on your skin. Thorough washing prevents them from spreading all around your home. Make sure to wash your clothes as well.

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