Allergies are a common affliction for many people. So, it’s normal that those that have them or know someone that does are always looking for ways to prevent or alleviate their effects. Did you know there are ways in which your laundry can help with that?
That’s right, doing your laundry in a certain way can help reduce the frequency of flare-ups in your allergies or at the least cut down the strength of the allergies.
Here are some laundry tips that can help with your allergies
Dust Mite control with washing
Dust mites are one of the main causes of allergies and even asthma. This minuscule creeper and its droppings cause a lot of trouble in your home where they can rest on fabrics of couches, sheets, and other household fibers. The good news is you can get rid of them by washing sheets, comforters, and other items frequently in hot water. For the fabrics you can’t wash use an allergen sanitizer spray or vacuum.
Keep mold and mildew out of your laundry room and closets
These two are definitely enemies of all homes, not just because of allergies but many other problems that come with their presence.
To avoid having mold or mildew in your home and laundry room:
- Make sure to fix any leaks or issues on your washing machine and dryer as fast as possible.
- Wash your towels and other wet fabrics with hot water and as quickly as possible.
Keep your washer and dryer clean
These appliances work with water, dirty fabrics, and detergents so they get dirty, more than you can imagine.
Here’s what you can do:
- Clean your dryer lint filter after every load
- Clean your dryer filters often
- Wipe the inside of your dryer drum
- Use the cleaning cycle of your washing machine or do a no clothes cycle using hot water add vinegar/washing machine cleaner every month or two weeks, depending on how much you use it.
- Clean the door of the appliance
- As a general use, if the washing machine, dryer, or laundry room starts to smell is time to clean and check for a leak.
- Always clean the washing machine after using it to clean outdoor or pet items.
Use hypoallergenic detergents or natural ones
A very straightforward suggestion is to choose hypoallergenic detergents to use on your fabrics to reduce allergies or natural chemical-free options.