Laundry at home

Added: 4 June 2010, 16:11

Next time a customer baulks at the cost of drying their laundry tell them that drying it in the house poses a health risk to those prone to asthma, hayfever and other allergies, according to new research.

A study carried out by the Mackintosh school of architecture and reported by the BBC, found that many homes had too much moisture indoors and up to a third of this moisture was attributed to drying laundry.

Looking at 100 homes in Glasgow, 87 per cent dried their washing indoors in colder weather, while 75 per cent of households had moisture levels which could lead to dust mite growth. There was also a strong association between drying laundry and mould spores. A particular mould spore known to cause lung infections in people with weakened immune systems was found in 25 per cent of the homes sampled.

Researcher Rosalie Menon said people were not aware how much moisture this added to the air "From just one load of washing two litres of water will be emitted.

source: laundry and cleaning today