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Can Washing Dishes By Hand Deter Allergies?

According to The New York Times’ Well blog, people who skip the dishwasher and wash their dishes by hand might help prevent the development of allergies in their children. A study published in Pediatrics looked at 1,000 young children and their allergic conditions, as well as consumption of certain foods, and whether their parents washed dishes by hand or in the dishwasher. Results of the study showed that children raised in homes where dishes were washed by hand had half as many allergies compared to those children whose parents used the dishwasher.

Read the article published in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study published in Pediatrics.