Allergies can be a huge problem for many people, and interestingly, quite often these can be traced to problems with your home. Although many think of the laundry room as being a clean, nice smelling room, it can also be a haven for allergens.
One of the telltale signs that this could be the case, is developing a runny or stuffy nose, itch eyes, or a rash, within a short time after doing your laundry. If this is the case, some of the most common culprits can be dust mites, animal dander, mould, and fabric softener and detergents.
Handy tips to keep allergens at bay in the home
Choosing your detergent – One of the common reasons that we run into issues is often simply that we use too much detergent. The overuse of detergent will build up in the washing machine over a period. This in turn will lead to the growth of mould and mildew.
If this is the case, you will want to reduce the amount of detergent that you use for each wash. You might also want to change your detergent that you use as well as your fabric conditioner. Choosing a specific anti-allergy detergent is a good option here.
Clean your washer and dryer – Cleaning both your washer and dryer on a regular basis is a great way to help prevent and reduce the number of allergens. Hoses, gaskets, and other compartments can become a home to mould and mildew. Making sure these are cleaned regularly will help greatly.
A Smart Washing Machine – If you like to have all the latest gadgets, then some of he latest smart washing machines come equipped with allergy removal options. This will adjust the temperature of the water to kill some of the most common allergens.
Tranfser Fast – Leaving clothes in the washer for any period after a cycle has finished can lead to mould quickly. Its always best to transfer your washing quickly into your dryer after a wash. If you forget to do this, then we recommend rewashing.
Get rid of moisture – The laundry room will always be a room that generates both heat and humidity. Therefore, simply using a dehumidifier from time to time in the room offers a simple and effective way to keep mould at bay.
The washing line – Although it can be very tempting to hand the clothes out to dry, its also a place where the washing can attract both mould and pollen spores.
Kill Dust Mites Fast – A common example of an indoor allergen is dust mites. They really thrive in areas like bed sheets and pillows as they love dead skin. We recommend a once weekly hot ash for sheets, blankets and pillowcases to keep on top of dust mite issues.
If you would like some professional help with the cleaning of your home in Manchester please call the team at Johnson House Cleaners, with prices starting from just 10 per hour for domestic cleaning.