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3 common allergy triggers you can manage with cleaning

Learn how to identify fragrance, detergent allergy & dust mite allergy symptoms and how to manage them by using cleaning products for allergy sufferers.

Key steps:

Help prevent dust mite allergy symptoms by following these key steps:

  1. Limit the amount of soft furnishings and upholstered furniture – replace curtains, carpets and non-washable rugs with roller blinds and hard flooring
  2. Clean the house daily (or a minimum of twice weekly) using a vacuum cleaner with an allergen filter
  3. Air your house daily
  4. Use cotton bedding that can be washed at 60°C using cleaning products designed for those with sensitive skin; these cleaning products would be a good choice for allergy sufferers
  5. Use bedding barrier covers that limit the movement of house mite excrement dust
  6. Wash soft teddies at 60° with cleaning products designed for people with sensitive skin, or freeze for 8 hours monthly


What are the some of the allergens found around your home?  One is dust – and another could be certain ingredients within cleaning products, such as fragrance. Find out how you can avoid them (and maintain a clean home) here!

Dust mites in your home

House dust mites thrive in humid environments like beds. Moving any soft surfaces (like vacuuming, shaking bedding, or sitting on a sofa) can trigger symptoms, as proteins in the mites’ excrement fill the air when a surface is disturbed. Keeping your home clean is one of the best defences against an allergy to dust. However, fragranced cleaning products can create more problems; a so-called detergent allergy may be a sensitivity or allergy to perfume or fragrance within a cleaning product.

How do I know if I have an allergy to washing detergent?

A so-called detergent allergy – when someone is allergic to different ingredients within a cleaning product, like the fragrance – will usually manifest as an itchy, red rash or skin irritation.

How should I deal with a detergent allergy?

As an allergy to washing detergent can be caused by an allergy to perfume, it’s a good idea to try fragrance-free cleaning products for allergy sufferers, like Neutral 0% Fabric Conditioner. Anyone who exhibits dust mite allergy symptoms, fragrance allergy symptoms or detergent allergy symptoms should consider fragrance free cleaning products.

By regularly using anti allergy cleaning products, you can manage the ill effects of common allergens.

For more information on the ingredients in products mentioned in this tip, visit What’s in Unilever Products here.

What are common dust mite allergy symptoms?

When you have an allergy to dust, you experience an allergic reaction in the respiratory passages. The most common dust mite allergy symptoms are the following:

  • Difficulty breathing and coughing (similar to asthma)
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, runny nose (similar to hay fever)
  • Worsening of skin conditions like eczema

What are common fragrance allergy symptoms?

The most typical reactions if you have an allergy to perfume are skin rashes and itching. You may also experience the following:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Watery eyes
  • Shortness of breath

Top tip

The key to controlling dust mite allergies is to clean your home regularly and thoroughly, but some cleaning products could cause problems for those who are sensitive to perfume or ingredients within detergents. Using unscented cleaning products designed for those with sensitive skin like Neutral 0% White Liquid Detergent can help manage common allergy triggers. When using a new product, always read the instructions on the label and test in a small area first.