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You may have also heard that freezing cuddly toys is a sound strategy for keeping the sniffles at bay, but Adam says this method only kills the dust mites and won’t actually remove the poo. “If soft toys are washable, put them in with the bedding on a hot wash (60 degrees), or if you’d rather do cold washes, add eucalyptus oil to neutralise allergens,” he says.
To further minimise exposure to allergens in bedding, you can also buy covers for mattresses, pillows and doonas made from mite-resistant and waterproof, yet breathable, fabric.