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If you have a vinyl liner, toss it. The material's been found to release more than 100 chemicals into the air, and some are potentially harmful. Nylon and polyester are safer bets, says Veena Singla, PhD, a staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. (And stretch your liner out post-shower to discourage mildew growth.)
Nobody wants to get intimate with dust mites, but if you have allergies or asthma, you should be extra wary, since the critters can trigger both conditions. Use allergen- proof covers for pillows and mattresses to keep mites from hanging out there, and wash them twice a year, suggests Janna Tuck, MD, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.