Updated 29 May 2017

When soft toys make you sneeze

Already fed up with spring allergies? The mites that share your home with you could be to blame, and it's important to target them where they're most likely to occur.

Did you know, for example, that the mites that live in your child's soft toy collection could be causing your allergies?

Take action:

  • Limit woolly soft toys and pack them away inside a cupboard or a drawer
  • Wash them every month at a temperature of at least 60 degrees Celsius
  • Thereafter, place the toys in the freezer for six hours
  • And then vacuum them to get out the dead house mites

Read more: Which pollens are making you sneeze?


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