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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: A man ties a tree he cut down onto the roof of his car to transport it home at Triple A Christmas Tree Farm in Luddenham on December 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Visitors can select and cut their own Christmas tree to take home. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Here’s How to Prep Your Christmas Tree to be Allergen-Free
  • ‘Tis the season to be allergic — if you put up a real tree in your home. Experts say homes with real trees have up to five times the concentration of pollutants, which can spell trouble for people who suffer from asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
  • Preparing your tree to avoid potential health issues doesn’t take a lot of work; however, it has to be done before the tree goes up. For starters, hose off your tree to remove pollen and mold, a rep for AdvantaClean says.Then wipe down the trunk with a solution of one part bleach, 20 parts warm water to kill mold, bacteria and insects. Make sure to let the tree dry completely before bringing it inside.
  • Also, experts advise people to always wear gloves when handling trees. Not only will they prevent sticky sap from getting on hands, but they’ll also help prevent the spread of allergens to family members and pets.
  • And if you are wondering how many lights you need on your tree, here is a good rule of thumb: 100 lights per foot. So a six foot tree, 600 lights.
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