New steam washers (clothes washers) - are they really better for ppl with allergies?

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   Posted 6/16/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I am mildly to moderately allergic to everything.  I need to buy a new clothes washer and am intrigued by the new steam-clean options on some washers.  The manufacturers say the steam cleaning is good for ppl with allergies, b/c the steam removes 95% of allergens from clothing.  Does anyone in this group have experience or opinion on this?  Is this any better than just using hot water?  Thank you!!

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   Posted 6/17/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
atl71, I would like to welcome you to HealingWell.  I have not heard of these washers yet.  Maybe someone will come along who has had some experience with them.  Have you searched on-line for information?
Keep checking back to see if anyone has posted about them.  Also, if you decide to get one, let us know what you think of it.
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   Posted 6/17/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Carla - thanks for the welcome!  The washer I am considering is by LG - here is a link to a place on their website where they explain the benefits of steam cleaning laundry for allergy sufferers.  I believe the other big appliance mfr'ers are making steam models as well, not just LG.

The washing machines with LG's "Allergiene" cycle are the only clothes washers to have been certified "allergy and asthma friendly" by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) so I assume the benefits are real...?  I am going to go ahead and buy it.  I am not sure if and how I will be able to report back on its effectiveness since I'm only mildly to moderately allergic to most things, and taking medication daily - so I may not even notice a difference.  Long term I am hoping this will keep my family healthy - we will see!  It's about a $300 upgrade as compared to washers without, so not a huge risk given the fact we'll probably keep the machine 10+ years.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Most clothes washers are dumbed down to not let you wash at temperatures greater than 110 degrees F. To get rid of dust mites you need to wash at least at 130 degrees. Short of getting one of the expensive new LG steam washers, you can install a Y valve on the hot water outlet coming into your washer. Let one side go into your machine as the default setting. Connect a short hose to the other outlet. When you want water over 130 degrees you need to turn your water heater up to maximum setting about an hour before doing laundry. Then, using a hose hooked to the alternate arm of the Y valve, admit hot water to your machine directly, bypassing the machine inlet. I know, it sounds kludgy, bothersome, possibly dangerous if you forget to shut water off once machine is filled. But it works. Since we've started washing our bedsheets and pillow cases in truly hot water we've noticed a significant lessening of nightime allergies. We do this once a week for bedding and towels. Be sure to remember to turn your water heater down to the normal setting when you are done.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, good info to have, I think they set this 110 temp is cause kids are doing laundry and I guess they don't want them getting burnt
with the hot water of 130, just my guess...But Thanks for all the info...
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