Last week we went to an event hosted by ao.com to learn about allergens. Thankfully as a family we don’t suffer too badly from allergens. I have hay fever from time to time. I’ve had a few years off from it recently and I’m hoping that continues. Mr Nine to Three Thirty is allergic to biological washing powders and liquids, so I have to avoid using those. H so far has been blessedly clear of allergies and I’d love that to continue. The day was a real eye opener though to the issues faced by families with allergies and also how many places within our home can harbour allergens.
One of the first activities we did was finding allergens hidden around the home. One of the most common sources of allergens is the house dust mite. They love to hide away in mattresses and soft furnishings, so it’s worth considering a few options to combat them like:
- Using allergen-proof barriers for duvets, pillows and mattresses.
- Washing other bedding once a week at 60 degrees centigrade or above as this will kill the mites. If you wash at lower temperatures, you just get rid of the allergens, but not the mites that produce the allergens.
- Avoid having carpets, but if you do have them use a high-filtration vacuum.
We learnt about how flowers, whilst they are beautiful, they can be a problem for hay fever sufferers. Making tissue paper flowers was quite fun, but H had ideas about making issue paper aeroplanes. I made a flower though and I was quite pleased with it as I’m not a natural crafter.
We spent some time learning about Hotpoint’s range of appliances: washing machines, dryers and vacuums that combat those pesky allergens which create so much misery. I was really impressed that the features were incorporated into machines across the range, rather than just being on the most expensive models. It’s handy to know if one of your family developed the allergy, you could have built-in help already on hand.