Cleaning can be a problem for people with asthma and allergies, so look for household cleaning products with fewer harsh chemicals and no fragrances. Laundry powders and detergents for sensitive people are also available.

Regular hot washing of bedding and clothes is good to get rid of dust mites and pet dander; the water needs to be at least 55 degrees. During pollen season, avoid drying bed linen outside on high pollen count days, after thunderstorms and on windy days.

Also keep an eye out for mould in the laundry. Once you have tackled any visible mould, help stop it coming back by ensuring good ventilation and humidity levels.


If you aren’t sure what your triggers are, our handy guide can help point you in the right direction.

Healthy home factsheets

For great tips and advice on managing your asthma and allergies as well as how to create a healthy home, visit our factsheet library that include:

Approved products

Check out these approved products and services that may help you avoid allergen in and around the laundry: