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Tips for allergy sufferers over the holidays with Robin Wilson

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Today our friend and designer extraordinaire Robin Wilson came by to talk about asthma and allergies in regards to the holidays and how you can keep your home safer. Okay, Robin...

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are on the horizon, but before you welcome friends and family to celebrate, make sure your home is a healthy space for your holiday guests.

Robin Wilson is president of Robin Wilson Home in New York City, and an interior designer who works with an impressive list of celebrities as well as regular budgets. She is an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Her six steps to a healthy holiday home:

- Clean your windows with newspapers: Yes, you read that right. Spray your windows with cleaner and wipe away with newspaper. The high absorbency of newsprint makes it so effective at cleaning windows because it absorbs the liquid instead of pushing it away. Be careful to stay on the glass and not use the paper on moldings and trim.

- Get your chimney cleaned and check detectors: A dirty chimney is a fire hazard and can release toxins into your home. It’s also a good time to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have new batteries.

- Switch to LED lighting: If you’re doing a lot of entertaining this holiday season, switching to LED lighting will keep your electric bills down and it’s also not a fire hazard. Plus, if you have children, LED lights are cool to the touch and make a great choice for regular lighting as well as Christmas lights.

- Non-toxic cleaners: With the colder weather, most people keep their windows shut for the next five months, keeping everything sealed up and trapped inside. For this reason, it’s especially important in the winter to use non-toxic cleaners.

- Get your couches professionally cleaned: sofas can harbor all kinds of allergens, mold and bacteria. And if you have dogs or cats, removing the dander will help you and your guests prevent the “wheezes and sneezes.” Plus, a good looking couch will attract your company allowing time to catchup and reminisce, or just watch the parade or football games together.

- Choose hypoallergenic bedding: If out-of-town family and friends are staying with you, new linens are always a nice touch. Hypoallergenic comforters and pillows are a good choice especially if your guests have any allergy/asthma issues.



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