Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergies

February 23, 2015 5:02 AM

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Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergies

Households worldwide now have extra incentive for getting family members to do the dishes: It could prevent the development of allergies.

A new and preliminary study, published in the journal Pediatrics, adds to an increasing body of evidence that suggests getting a little dirty does the immune system some good. That thinking is known as the “hygiene hypothesis,” which speculates that the reason kids develop so many allergies today is...

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