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Drying Laundry Indoors Could Harm Your Health

Posted at March 14, 2013 | By : | Leave a Comment!

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Following on from our post a couple of weeks ago about how chemicals used in the home could cause asthma in adults, we thought it was worth talking a bit about another news headline you may have read recently about how drying your laundry indoors might not be such a good idea.

Why is drying laundry indoors bad for you?

Research has recently been done into how much moisture people’s homes contained and many were found to contain too much. Up to a third of this moisture was attributed to laundry. From just one load of washing you up to two litres of water can evaporate and without proper ventilation, this moisture stays in the air.

Higher moisture levels like this can encourage dust mites. A lot of people have an allergy to dust mite excretions. This allergy can result in asthma attacks, flu-like symptoms, eczema and hayfever-like symptoms

High moisture levels can also encourage the growth of mould spores. A variety known to cause lung infections with those with weak immune systems was found in 25% of the homes tested.

What can you do to improve things?

New houses tend not to have a big airing cupboard and are so well built that there is actually less ventilation, however, we all know that it’s impractical to dry laundry outside in Winter or when it’s raining so sometimes it’s necessary to bring it indoors to dry out. Here are some tips to consider, particularly if you have any allergies or eczema!

1. Try to dry laundry outside where possible.

2. Dry your clothes in one room rather than spreading it throughout the house.

3. This room ideally has separate temperature control. Keep it warm to dry the clothes off as quickly as possible.

4. Keep the room well ventilated. If you can open the window a bit to let the air in a moisture out, that’s great.

5. Dry your clothing in a room that you don’t use as much or one that naturally has better ventilation such as the kitchen.

6. Get a de-humidifier in that room.

7. Do your washing in smaller loads or once every few days rather than all in one day doing a number of loads.

8. Once they feel pretty much dry, fold clothes and put them in the airing cupboard overnight to dry out thoroughly. This will prevent moisture being brought into the bedroom. Same for towels, duvet covers, sheets, rugs, etc.

9. Hang up your washing indoors before you’re due to go out. If it’s drying while you’re out of the house, the moisture will build up and then go down to safer levels by the time you’re back.

10. Invest in a good drying rack or two. Make sure you have enough space for all your washing to hang. Space it out as much as possible and don’t hang it overlapping and crumpled. It will dry quicker!

We thought it would be useful information to offer our Norwich readers and customers because whilst we do domestic cleaning, laundry is only part of our Platinum Housekeeping service. If you want the experts to manage your laundry amongst other duties offered in our housekeeping service then contact us now!


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