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We caught up with Dyson mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist Karen Hall to get the dirt on com­bat­ting dust al­ler­gens around the house

First things first, what makes dust an al­ler­gen?

Dust is made of com­pounds such as dead skin cells, hair, min­er­als and dirt – or­ganic mat­ter that nat­u­rally comes off us or our pets. It also con­tains par­ti­cles like pollen, mould and dust mite fe­ces. When al­lergy and asthma suf­fer­ers come into con­tact with these par­ti­cles, their im­mune sys­tems over­re­act, pro­duc­ing an­ti­bod­ies to re­pel them. This of­ten re­sults in an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion, such as sneez­ing, cough­ing or a runny nose.

We nat­u­rally think of vac­u­um­ing our car­pets, but al­ler­genic mites could be lurk­ing else­where, right?

Dust and al­ler­gens can be found lurk­ing ev­ery­where in your home: mat­tresses, pil­lows, so­fas, cur­tains. In a mat­tress, there can be any­where from 10,000 to one mil­lion dust mites breed­ing and pro­duc­ing fe­ces, which is what hu­mans are al­ler­gic to. Our lab work has shown that the most ef­fec­tive way to re­duce dust mites is to re­move their food source: dead skin cells. Us­ing a vac­uum with pow­er­ful suc­tion and a cleaner head that can pen­e­trate deep into the sur­face is a prime so­lu­tion for re­mov­ing these cells. We rec­om­mend vac­u­um­ing your mat­tress monthly.

How do you choose the right vac­uum cleaner?

You want a vac­uum with a qual­ity HEPA fil­ter and seal. As well, your vac­uum should have a hy­gienic bin-emp­ty­ing func­tion, which re­duces the chances of con­tact be­ing made di­rectly with the dust and dirt in the vac­uum bin.

THE DYSON SMALL BALL. IT HAS WHOLE MA­CHINE HEPA FILTRATION AND A SEALED SYS­TEM TO KEEP DUST AND AL­LER­GENS PICKED UP BY THE VAC­UUM IN THE VAC­UUM.

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