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Aussies have always been regarded as a laidback bunch – now a survey by Robomaid has found that we’re taking it to new extremes.

According to the research, more than a third of us only vacuum our homes once a fortnight! In fact, Australians have declared vacuuming the second-most hated household chore, behind dusting. Nearly half the nation deliberately vacuums around furniture, one in four don’t vacuum underneath the bed for months at a time, and 14 per cent of women admit they’d do anything to avoid vacuuming – from skipping a meal, cleaning up dog poo or even running 10km!

Ultimately it seems we all still want a clean home, with 79 per cent of respondents admitting a clean house makes them feel happier and more relaxed. With winter here, why not make sure that’s how you always feel about your home? Vacuum weekly – but remember that dust mite allergens become airborne for up to 20 minutes when you vacuum so get any allergic family members to go for a walk while you clean. Also wash sheets and pillowcases weekly in water hotter than 55°C or add essential oils like eucalyptus to the wash to reduce house dust mites and their allergens. Not only will it leave them allergen free – they’ll also smell divine!'

Dairy and asthma confusion

Do you think dairy worsens asthma? You’re not alone – which is why the National Asthma Council Australia wants to debunk this myth once and for all.

An annual survey commissioned by Dairy Australia found that 60 per cent of GPs heard from their patients that they were severely restricting their intake of dairy, with more than half saying this was because of asthma. But according to National Asthma Council Australia chair Dr Noela Whitby, dairy foods, such as milk, cheese and yoghurt, do not cause asthma and removing them from the diet on this basis is wrong and potentially even harmful. “This is a dangerous myth 
that dates back to the 12th century and it shouldn’t be used as the basis for dietary decisions,” she says. In fact, the opposite may be true. Studies suggest that if you have a regular intake of dairy in childhood, you are actually less likely to develop asthma.

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