Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Why You Shouldn’t Dry Laundry Indoors

Frequently drying clothes inside the house is not good for your health

If you live in a city, then each inch of your home is of great value. Space is premium and most city people are forced to turn their living room or bedroom into a laundry room. Additionally, not every home has the luxury of a laundry room or a dryer, and outside spaces to hang clothes out to dry. Plus, in India the monsoon lasts nearly four months, so one is left with little choice. However, it turns out, drying your clothes inside could pose more of a health risk than we may have thought; and there is a growing number of reasons why you should dry your clothes outside rather than in your home.


If you dry your laundry indoors, you increase the humidity by about thirty percent, according to The Asthma Society of Ireland. higher humidity can increase the chance of developing toxic fungi. “A moist environment stimulates the growth of fungi that can release spores. These spores can potentially cause allergic reactions in humans,” according to a spokesperson for The Asthma Society.

Allergic reaction

If you suffer from mould and spores in the house, you may also suffer from other complaints. These may seem harmless at first, such as a runny nose, but can become extremely annoying in the long term.  Sneezing, stinging cough, hives, headache, fatigue, connective tissue irritation, asthma can be some symptoms that lower your immunity levels and indicate that it’s time for you to see a doctor. 

Fungi and spores

These fungi and the spores they release are often not visible to the naked eye. As a result, a person can suddenly experience severe allergic reactions, without knowing the cause. Not everyone suffers a reaction from fungi and spores, however, people with asthma and those who are more sensitive to fungi and spores due to their condition, may experience an exacerbation of their asthma symptoms. The fungi can also have a negative effect on the skin. t’s not just asthma sufferers who are at risk though – the elderly, babies and children, eczema sufferers and those with weak immune systems are most prone to the ill effects. 

As far as possible dry your clothes outside, or near a window with direct sun or a room with an exhaust fan and ceiling fan.  Keep your home well-ventilated – especially after showers, cleaning, cooking so as to minimise humid conditions that can lead to health concerns.

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