Every year, allergies affect up to 1 in 3 adults and children¹, with over 22 million of the UK population enduring a host of unpleasant symptoms from headaches, sneezing, wheezing and sleeplessness.
As the cold nights draw in, people will start spending more of their time indoors. Experts have raised concerns that indoor allergens and pollutants can be up to 5 x greater than outdoor² levels due to pet dander, dust mites, pollen particles and mould spores continually circulating around the home in the air and on soft furnishings. These substances create allergic reactions and inflammatory responses that lead to cold like symptoms.
PET HAIR AND PET DANDER
Pets are one of the main carriers of germs into the home³ and with around 50% of asthma in children caused by cat allergens and 40% by dog allergens⁴, it is imperative to protect the family from these pet particles on soft furnishings. With cats and dogs shedding their summer coat on sofas, carpets and mattresses, use a disinfectant spray such as the Dettol anti-bacterial disinfectant spray in green apple, mountain air or spring waterfall to kill 99.9% of bacteria.
Bacteria from outside can be spread through the house due to wet weather and muddy dog walks. Training your dog to wipe their paws at the door may be a little difficult, instead mop hard floors with an anti-bacterial floor cleaner and vacuum regularly which will help to stop the spread of dust mites in rugs and carpets.
HOT BED FOR GERMS
Wash bed linen such as pillow cases, duvet covers and sheets after they have been in contact with your pet. Use a disinfectant additive such as Dettol antibacterial laundry cleanser to kill 99.9% of bacteria and keep bed linen hygienically clean
1 Allergy UK. Available at: www.allergyuk.org
2 BBC News. Scientists sniffing out the Western allergy epidemic. 2013. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28934415
3 Environmental Protection Agency. Questions about Your Community: Indoor Air. 2013. Available at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/indoorair.html
4 NHS Choices. Germs: Home Truths. 2008. Available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/www.nhs.uk/livewell/homehygiene/pages/homehygienetrivia.aspx