Your health may be in danger if you dry wet clothes inside your house
According to recent studies, drying clothes inside your house can affect your health. The increment in humidity stimulates the formation of mold and fungal spores, which can cause allergic reactions in some people.
An investigation carried out by the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU), in Scotland, revealed that the mundane task of drying clothes indoors could have a negative and long-term impact on your health. Also, it also affects air quality and consumes more energy.
The project, which took three years to be completed, demonstrated that the humidity that comes from wet clothes encourages the formation of mold spores and dust mites, which can result in asthma, rhinitis and other allergic reactions.
“Normally, when people breathe in these spores, their immune system helps to get rid of them by coughing or sneezing. If you aren’t sensitive to mold, you may never even experience a reaction,” explained Pheena Kenny of the Asthma Society of Ireland to RTE.
However, for some people that already have asthma and other respiratory diseases, the spores can act as a trigger, worsening the condition.
According to the report, people that are most affected by this are:
- Babies and children
- Elderly people
- People with existing skin problems, such as eczema
- People with a weakened immune system
- People with severe asthma
Kenny also added that the spore known as Aspergillus fumigatus could cause lung infections. This spore, in particular, has its highest peak in January and February.
MEARU suggested the Scottish government to start building homes with a distinct area specially designated to dry clothes, which should be away from rooms and bathrooms, where is easier for mold to reproduce.
The Asthma Association, on the other hand, gave the following recommendations to avoid the high-risk factors of drying clothes inside:
- Avoid drying clothes indoors, storing them in damp cupboards or packing them in wardrobes.
- Open windows regularly to ensure good ventilation of your house and prevent mold building indoors.
- In case of drying clothes in a closed space, use an extractor to increase ventilation.
- Remove mold using a water, vinegar and soap mix.
- Use a humidifier if necessary.
- Keep air conditioner and heating filters clean and dry
- Fix possible leaks and make sure to keep places where mold tends to grow, like showers and under the sink, as dry as possible.
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