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Plagued by allergies? How to ensure that hay fever bites the dust!

Allergy sufferers are familiar with the annual problem: spring finally arrives, bringing fine weather – but with it comes the pollen and wretched hay fever. And even though we have to spend more of the time indoors rather than outdoors during the first warm days of the year due to the coronavirus, some of us won’t be spared this year either. We have the most essential tips to help you live (and breathe) more easily!

A plague from outdoors – protective measures for indoors

The best way of protecting yourself from the irritating pollen is by thwarting it indoors. There are various simple ways of doing this and you should integrate as many of them as possible into your daily routine:

1. Close the windows! Sleep with the windows closed so that the individual grains of pollen that find their way indoors do not irritate you at night. If you cannot or do not want to forgo fresh air, it is recommended that you install a special pollen guard on your window. This will then also protect you when you are airing the home during the day.

2. Morning in town, evening in the country! This is the rule of thumb for airing the home during the pollen season! Based on this principle, the pollen concentration in the air plays a key role depending on the time of day: less pollen is blowing around in the town air between 6 and 8 a.m., while the best time to let the fresh country air into the home is between 7 p.m. and midnight.

3. Simply vacuum the pollen! Use the vacuum cleaner regularly, because even the best pollen guard on the window cannot prevent everything from getting into the home from time to time. Important: sofa covers, cushions, etc. should not be overlooked when vacuuming, because pollen can stubbornly cling to materials!

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4. Clothes are pollen magnets! That is why you should immediately get changed when you come in from outside. Also be sure not to keep the worn items of clothing in your bedroom! You should ideally trap the pollen-laden clothes in the washing machine straight away or place them in a sealable washing basket.

5. A hairy situation! Unfortunately, pollen not only clings to our clothing, but also our hair. Yet another good reason to wash your hair thoroughly after spending a longer period of time in the great outdoors!

6. Filtered air is better air! After all, an air filter is another effective way of keeping the flying allergens at bay. It purifies the air in your home at a very reasonable price.

7. Anti-pollen styling! Sunglasses not only look good, but also keep much of the pollen away from your eyes! A face mask is another useful accessory – although this is part of the basic kit anyway at the moment. There are now fashionable and, above all else, reusable models available. Simply go online and have a browse!

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Laundry and pollen are attracted to each other!

Pollen gets very attached to our clothes in particular. The same also goes for bed linen, blinds and, as of recently, the much-loved face mask. Our washing tips, however, soon put a stop to this literally tear-inducing relationship:

  • Bed linen should be washed more regularly from now on – until the last days of summer arrive and the pollen blows away again in the wind. Washing is recommended at least every two weeks, but ideally weekly. Don’t forget the bedspreads either!
  • Other pollen magnets – such as tapestries, carpets, sofa cushions/covers and blinds – should now also be placed in the washing machine more often. It goes without saying that the same also applies to reusable face masks and all items of clothing. Here you can kill two pathogens with one stone because not only pollen, but also coronavirus germs can be tackled in the washing machine. In most cases, you just have to choose the right wash at a higher temperature of 60°C. Care should be taken here with laundry that is normally hand-washed!


If you do your washing at home, let it dry indoors! It may well dry more quickly outside, but since the pollen will only cling to it again, this would unfortunately be counterproductive.

We want to make a clean job of removing pollen!

Persil Service takes care of all kinds of laundry without being bound to opening times. Furthermore, in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic we use laundry disinfection programmes that have been certified by the RKI (Robert Koch Institute), which means that you can quickly and confidently remove pollen and germs from your bulkier and more complex items of laundry. Simply order an empty box, fill it with laundry and place it in experienced hands – and within a few workdays, everything will be returned to you hygienically clean and ready to put away in the wardrobe.