FNC iMag: Tips For Reducing Home Allergens

It’s a fact:


Even if you cannot see them, they’re there.

Research conducted by scientists at the Dyson Microbiology Lab has shown that the average home can collect nearly nine pounds of dust in a year that’s equivalent to about four gallons of milk!

Even harder to accept are dust mites, the most common allergen in the home, which have also taken up residence in some of your favorite spots.

To help combat the dust and dirt that inevitably builds up in all our homes, Dyson microbiologist Toby Saville has discovered a few simple tips:


Carpets and rugs are a breeding ground for dust mites and allergens, which bury deep into the pile, feeding off dead skin cells. To remove dust mites, their droppings and other allergens from the carpet, use a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t lose suction. Don’t forget to move furniture – dust mites love the dark and will live happily under the sofa.


We all know that pet hair clings to clothing and furniture and can be a nightmare to remove. However, most of us don’t think about the allergens on pet hair transferred from your pet’s saliva as they groom themselves. The constant suction of Dyson’s mini turbine head, attached to the vacuum cleaner, can easily remove stubborn pet hair and allergens from upholstery.


Another favorite hideaway for dust mites is the floor next to the bed, which is one of the most concentrated areas for dust mites and allergens. Mites are thrown onto the floor when people toss the covers back to get out of bed, so practice ‘intensive’ vacuuming by making repeated passes over flooring near the bed.

The bedroom is a dust mite haven; our pillows and duvet covers make near perfect conditions for the little creatures. It’s the perspiration and body heat that create the ideal humidity level for a dust mite colony. Cover your mattresses and pillows with micro fiber protectors to prevent dust mites from burrowing into pillows and mattress.


Your child’s stuffed animals are a favorite hiding place for dust mites. Once a month, place toys in a plastic bag and put in the freezer for two days. Allow the toys to thaw naturally, which will kill adult dust mites and stop them from breeding.


Pets are often fed in the kitchen, which makes this room a haven for their shed fur and skin cells coated in allergens. To avoid this, it’s a good idea not to feed or keep pets in the kitchen area. To keep the kitchen clean, vacuum regularly with a vacuum that doesn’t lose suction to ensure all pet hair and food particles are removed from the floor.

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