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Laundry Tips for Allergy Sufferers

June 01, 2016

If you suffer from allergies, your laundry could actually be making
your symptoms worse. Here are some laundry tips you can use to ensure
yours doesn’t cause flare-ups to happen.

Wash in Hot Water

A
leading cause of allergies is dust mites, which can easily get into bed
linens, towels, throw rugs and draperies. For this reason, you should
always wash these items on the hottest setting possible, and then dry
them in the dryer rather than hanging them on the clothesline. Be
advised that not all items can be washed in this manner, so you should
read the tag carefully before proceeding. If washing in hot water is not
recommended, have items professionally cleaned instead.

Stored Items

Items
that have been stored in your closet can easily collect dust mites
during the off season. As such, you should launder items you haven’t
worn in awhile to ensure they are clean. Plush toys and stuffed animals
should also be washed at least semi-annually by placing them in a net
bag and laundering on the gentlest setting possible.

Choose Laundry Products Carefully

The
harsh chemicals found in many laundry detergents can actually make your
allergies worse. If possible, purchase detergents that are free of
phosphates, added perfumes or dyes. Avoid using chlorine bleach, as it
also an irritant that can make allergy symptoms worse. Rather than using
fabric softener, add a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle. Your
clothes will smell fresher and cleaner, yet the vinegar itself will be
unnoticeable. By doing so, you can eliminate the need for dryer sheets,
which contain chemicals that can irritate your skin and nose and make
breathing more difficult.

Clean your Washing Machine

Switching
to products that are free from harmful chemicals may not be enough to
keep your allergies at bay. To ensure there is no residue inside your
washer, run it through a couple of complete cycles without adding
clothing. This is especially important to do just before washing large
loads of stored clothing or linens.

If you suffer from allergies,
following these laundry tips is very important. Also when you bring your laundry to us, don’t forget to tell us if you are allergic to certain laundry products. We would be happy to accommodate your special needs.

 Image attribution: Orrling and Tomer Scheib.