1. Buy a HEPA air filter.
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Allergists recommend these air filters because they're one of the few ways to trap particles like pollen and dust, so they aren't released back into the air. Bionaire True HEPA Air Purifier, $133, well.ca.
2. Ditch your rug.
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Rugs and carpets collect dust, pollen and other allergens. You might not be able to redo all the flooring in your house, but if you're suffering from allergies, get rid of rugs or replace them with washable versions that you can clean regularly.
3. Use a souped-up vacuum.
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Not every vacuum can suck pollen, dust and dander out of a carpet or mattress, but some are designed to. Some Dyson vacuums are powerful enough to suck up tiny allergens that hide deep in the layers of your mattress or upholstered furniture. DC61 Animal, $300, dysoncanada.ca.