Your home should be a comfortable haven—a place to get away from the rest of the world and relax. But if you spend all of your time at home with watery eyes and uncontrollable sneezing, you don’t feel relaxed at all. Fortunately, there are several ways to allergy-proof your home so you can get back to enjoying it.

1) A Better Night’s Sleep

If you notice a reaction to dust, you’re likely reacting to dust mites, which love to hide out in bedding. Reduce dust mite interaction by encasing your pillows and mattress in dust mite resistant covers. Added bonus: a good night’s sleep gives you immune system a boost.

Allergy Protection Dust Mite Resistant Anti-Microbial Cotton Pillow Covers available from Amazon

Hypoallergenic Dust Mite Proof Mattress Cover available from Amazon

2) Switch to Natural Cleaning Products

Harsh household cleaners are a common cause of allergies in the home. Switch to all-natural unscented cleaning products to eliminate allergic reactions.

Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Unscented available from Amazon

3) Banish Mold

Mold loves to live in moist, humid bathrooms—almost as much as it loves to cause allergy attacks. Reduce mold in your bathroom by replacing any peeling caulking around the bathtub. If you live in a humid climate, mold is more likely to grow in other areas of your home. Invest in a dehumidifier to make the environment less welcoming to mold.

Sashco Big Stretch Caulk available from Amazon

Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier for 108 Square Feet available from Amazon

4) Vacuum Regularly

Allergens tend to stick to carpets and rugs in the form of pet hair, dander, dust, and pollen tracked in from outside. A powerful, bag-free vacuum can help you eliminate those allergens, and a lightweight model makes regular vacuuming easier.

Bissell CleanView Bagless Upright Vacuum with One Pass Technology available from Amazon