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    Drying laundry indoors can be bad for health: Researchers

    Drying laundry indoors can be bad for health: Researchers

    People who leave laundry drying around their home are putting their health at risk, as the damp clothes cause moisture which sparks dust mite and mould spore growth — posing a threat to those with asthma, hay fever and other allergies, researchers have warned.

    According to a study by Glasgow's Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit, a total of 75 per cent of households had moisture levels which could lead to dust mite growth, the Mirror reported.

    The report also found a strong link 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 more than 100 homes tested and sampled.

    Experts said that families should ensure their home has a dedicated drying area — and that special spaces should be incorporated into new houses.

    "These spaces should be independently heated and ventilated. It's very much going back to airing cupboards," researcher Rosalie Menon said.

    Hanging washing on airers, radiators and other surfaces around the home is common, but in cold weather 87 per cent of us dry clothes indoors.

    Menon warned people are not aware of how much moisture this adds.

    "Going into people's homes, we found they were drying washing in their living rooms, in their bedrooms," she said.

    "Some were decorating the house with it, but from just one load of washing two litres of water will be emitted," she added.

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    Re: Drying laundry indoors can be bad for health: Researchers

    Dear viji, it is very much shocking to note that People who leave laundry drying around their home are putting their health at risk, as the damp clothes cause moisture which sparks dust mite and mould spore growth — posing a threat to those with asthma, hay fever and other allergies, researchers have warned. We will avoid. thanks

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