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The Ultimate Creating an Allergen-Free Bedroom Quiz
by Staff
What sneezes, has a runny nose and teary eyes? You, when you have allergies! But you don't need to suffer, for you can reduce the allergens in your home and especially in your sleeping area with relative ease. Take this quiz and learn five ways to do this.

It's springtime, the flowers are in full bloom and you're sneezing a lot. What could be the problem?

  • lactose intolerance
  • allergens
  • hair lice

Will reducing the allergens in your bedroom solve your allergy problems?

  • not at all
  • yes, absolutely
  • not necessarily

Why should you keep pets out of your bedroom?

  • because they have lots of allergens: hair, dander, even their saliva
  • because they might wet your floor
  • because they're not human

If you can't keep Rover outside all the time, where should you put him?

  • in a well-ventilated, easy-to-clean room
  • at the foot of your bed
  • in your lounge room

You might have pollen and other allergens on you whenever you walk into your own home. What can you do about it?

  • Wear a protective face mask inside so that the pollen won't affect you.
  • Spray yourself with an insecticide when you enter your home.
  • Leave your shoes and outer clothes outside your bedroom or even at the front door.

Which of these might contain pollen?

  • newspapers and magazines
  • plants and flowers
  • wicker furniture

Your husband wants to surprise you with flowers. What should he buy that would be least harmful to you?

  • violets
  • lilies
  • pansies

Can dead bugs cause an allergic reaction?

  • Yes, and so can live ones.
  • No, only live ones.
  • Yes, only dead ones can.

What percentage of the population could have an allergic reaction to cockroaches?

  • as little as 5 percent
  • as much as 20 percent
  • as much as 50 percent

Why shouldn't you use over-the-counter chemicals to debug your home?

  • because they are toxic
  • because they aren't powerful enough
  • because they might exacerbate your allergy problems

How can you prevent bugs from entering your home?

  • Store food well, remove standing water and seal gaps and cracks.
  • Put up signs saying No Entry to Bugs.
  • You can't.

Which of these are most popular among dust mites?

  • linoleum or vinyl floors
  • hard, wooden flooring
  • soft carpets

How often should you vacuum your floors?

  • twice a week
  • twice a month
  • twice a year

At what temperature should you wash your linens to eliminate dust mites and allergens?

  • less than 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius)
  • at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius)
  • more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius)

How do you get rid of dust mites and allergens from your kids' soft teddies?

  • Vacuum them often.
  • Put them in a warm oven for a while.
  • Put them in the freezer for a few hours.

What shouldn't you dust your shelves with?

  • an electrostatic cloth
  • a feather duster
  • a damp rag

With regard to bedding and linens, what should you steer clear from?

  • down feathers
  • cotton
  • organic materials

Why is it important to buy low-volatile organic compounds (low-VOC) products?

  • because VOCs can trigger allergies and affect air quality
  • because they're natural
  • because it's politically correct

What is considered the ideal humidity level in your home?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

What is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attitude toward duct cleaning?

  • It is considered a routine maintenance procedure.
  • It shouldn't be considered a routine maintenance procedure.
  • It is not beneficial at all.