It may seem surprising that bathrooms can be a source of problems for people with allergies and sensitivities.  Damp environments with poor ventilation, toiletries and cleaning products may be making your symptoms worse.

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  • Do not put a towel on or above a radiator.
  • Dry towels outside or tumble dry them to avoid increasing the humidity in the bathroom.


  • Be carefully with the chemicals you use as these can irritate the respiratory system.
  • Always wear protective gloves when cleaning the toilet.
  • If sensitive to chemicals use an equal mixture of domestic borax and vinegar to treat hard water deposits.
  • Avoid using perfumed sprays to sweeten the toilet - opening the window is just as effective. If you do wish to use an air freshener, you could use an endorsed reduced allergenic one.
  • See our Chemical Handy Hints factsheet for some suggestions.


  • Keep clutter to the minimum, wipe shelves regularly.
  • Consider storing ‘smellies’ in a cabinet or cupboard to prevent dust building up on individual items.
  • Try not to use perfume sprays in a small bathroom as these can act as an irritant.
  • Try using a quarter of a cup of white vinegar as an air freshener.
  • Remember that the phrase 'suitable for sensitive skin' has no legal definition and does not mean that it will not cause a reaction.
  • Try and use non-perfumed soaps or cleansing oils.

Floor mat

  • Use washable cotton rugs rather than carpet which will become damp and encourage mould and house dust mite growth.
  • Use an Allergy UK approved flooring.

Bath / Shower

  • Open the window as soon as possible after using the bath/shower.
  • Try to dry the shower curtain as quickly as possible after use.
  • If mould appears on the shower curtain or around the bath clean it with a paste of vinegar and lemon juice. Apply and then rinse well.
  • To clean tiles rub the surface with undiluted white vinegar. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
  • To clear clogged shower head - dismantle the shower head. Soak the pieces in a bowl of white vinegar for 2/3 hours. Clean off sediment with a stiff brush.


  • If having plants in the bathroom, go for succulents or other types that require minimum watering to reduce the opportunity for mould.

Window / Extractor fan

  • A window or extractor fan will reduce humidity in the room whilst showering or bathing.
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