Housewives in Scandinavia have found a new way to supplement their housekeeping allowances. They sell?
Housewives in Scandinavia have found a new way to supplement their housekeeping allowances. They sell the dust they collect in their vacuum cleaners.
The dust is sent to a laboratory in Copenhagen which specialises in the treatment of allergies. There it is used for sensitivity tests and in the preparation of a vaccine for asthma sufferers.
The housewives are paid 3 kroner (about 3 shillings) a kilogramme (approx. 2 lbs). The use of dust to test a patient's sensitivity has been known for some time. Asthma can be used by irritation caused by dust particles in the atmosphere.
Formerly patients supplied dust from their own homes for the tests. Now a standardised preparation has been perfected at the laboratory.