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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1992 Oct;90(4 Pt 1):599-608.

The role of water temperature and laundry procedures in reducing house dust mite populations and allergen content of bedding.

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Department of Medicine, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

The effects of various laundry procedures on house dust mites and their allergens have been established. All mites were killed by water temperatures 55 degrees C or greater. Killing at lower temperatures was not enhanced by any of the pure detergents or laundry products tested. A cold cycle of laundry washing with or without laundry powder did not remove most live mites from bedding, however, the allergen concentration (Der p I/gm fine dust) was reduced by more than 90%. Dry cleaning did not reduce the allergen concentration of the dust, although most, if not all, mites were killed.

PMID:
1401643
DOI:
10.1016/0091-6749(92)90132-l
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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