The Ultimate Washing Machines and Allergies Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Looking for a way to control irritating allergies? Rumor has it that there are washing machines that can get rid of allergens. Sound too good to be true? Take our quiz to find out all about it.

What are some airborne allergy symptoms?

Some airborne allergy symptoms, as opposed to food allergy symptoms, include and itchy and stuffy nose and sinuses and watery eyes.

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What is a common cause of allergies?

An extremely common allergen is the minuscule dust mite.

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What do dust mites eat?

Dust mites live off dead skin cells, either human or pet ones .

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What is the most effective weapon to kill dust mites?

Dust mites are killed by exposure to extreme temperatures, either heat or cold.

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What temperature does the water in a washer need to be to effectively eliminate dust mites?

To effectively eliminate dust mites, you need to wash items in water that is at least 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

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If your washer temperature doesn't get high enough to kill dust mites, what is an alternative way to eliminate them?

If your washer doesn't get hot enough, try cold: Put a dust mite-infested item in the freezer for a day or two.

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What are some items that are given a allergen-reducing certification?

There are numerous household items that are given an allergen-reducing certification: mattresses, bedding, air filters, vacuum cleaners, household cleaner, steam cleaners and washing machines.

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Which brands produce washers with an allergen-reducing certification?

LG and Samsung produce a handful of allergen certified washing machines.

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Which group gives allergy certifications?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy UK give certification to products.

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Where are dust mites most commonly found?

Dust mites are most commonly found in bedding, probably because from there they can have a long night of feasting on dead skin cells.

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