Dust mites are a scourge for allergy sufferers. There are literally millions of them living and feeding inside your bed, carpets, furniture, clothing and anywhere else dust tends to accumulate. Dust mites are tenacious little buggers that reproduce prolifically: getting rid of them is no easy task.
Getting rid of dust mites at home step by step
Over the course of its lifetime, a dust mite can produce up to 200 times its own body weight in excretions. This is bad news for humans because dust mite remains can trigger a number of health problems and allergic reactions, such as breathing difficulties, coughing, nasal congestion, itching and watery eyes. Dust mites can also have a detrimental effect on your sleep, causing you to wake up several times during the night.
While eliminating dust mites from your home completely is virtually impossible, there are several precautions you can take to drastically reduce their numbers and neutralize their threat. Let's take a look at 10 of the best ways to get rid of dust mites in your home.
1. Wash bedding regularly
A bed is a warm, dark and damp place, making it a perfect habitat for dust mites to thrive. In addition, the dead skin that humans shed at night become ideal food sources for these little pests. Fortunately, dust mites do not tolerate high temperatures. Putting sheets in a hot water 60°C wash is usually enough to kill them and remove fecal matter and skin particles. If you have a dryer, run the sheets through a spin cycle until they are completely dry. The heat from the dryer will take care of the mites that survived the wash. Try to do this weekly to keep the dust mite population to a minimum.
2. Wait some time before making your bed in the morning.
This is good news for those who put off making their bed first thing in the morning. Instead, give your comforter and quilt a good airing. This gives the moisture excreted from our bodies time to dry. Dust mites love moisture. They can't drink water in the normal sense, but absorb it from the air. By reducing the humidity inside the bed, we are making life difficult for them.
3. Replace carpets with hard floors
Like beds and soft furnishings, carpets are a haven for dust mites. Carpets trap dead skin and pet dander, which are great food sources for dust mites. Remove carpets from your bedroom (or, preferably, the entire house) and replace them with hard flooring such as linoleum, laminate or tile. This is one of the most effective ways to get rid of dust mites instantly. Hard flooring eliminates their most fertile breeding ground.
If getting rid of your carpets is impractical or too costly, try vacuuming regularly, at least two or three times a week. If you suffer from dust allergies, wear a dust mask and open the windows when vacuuming, or ask someone else to do it. Using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter (a high-performance particle-detection filter) may help reduce your exposure to some airborne allergens when vacuuming.
4. Control temperature and humidity
Dust mites love to live in an environment where the temperature is between 24 and 27°C and the relative humidity is around 70% to 80%. Anything outside this range will not necessarily kill them, but will push them out of their comfort zone and slow down their reproduction. Set the temperature inside your home to no more than 21°C. This is considered a normal, healthy environment for a human being, but it is well below optimal for a house dust mite. If you can live comfortably a few degrees below this temperature, you will not only save money and energy on heating, but you will make life more difficult for the mites.
5. Keep pets out of the bedroom
Dust mites love pet dander. Assign your pet to another area of the house and limit their freedom to one or two rooms. Make an extra effort to keep pets out of the bedroom.
6. Get rid of curtains, cushions and soft furnishings.
Curtains and soft furnishings are a dust mite haven. The fabric traps the dust they feed on and protects them from potential threats. Every time you drag the curtains or sit on a fabric sofa, dust mite residues are discharged into the air. If you suffer from dust mite allergies, this is a scenario to avoid.
Stuffed animals are another location for dust mites. Try to reduce the stuffed toys on display in your home. If that teddy bear really has to stay, air it out regularly. Occasionally, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 24 hours. This will kill the dust mites.
7. Use a steam cleaner
Steam cleaners are a great way to clean items and objects that are not suitable for a washing machine. You can use them on carpets, curtains, cushions, kitchen/bathroom surfaces and thousands of other places. The steam kills bacteria, dissolves dirt and yes, kills dust mites.
8. Clean regularly
This may seem like an obvious tip, but you should never underestimate the power of dust mites to colonize your home. Since the average human sheds enough dead skin every day to feed a million of these pesky critters, a weekly cleaning routine is vital.
It's not about enslaving yourself in cleanliness, but understanding that a spotless home has many advantages with respect to the health and harmony of your family.
9. Equipy yourself with an air purifier
Air filter can be a great tool to use specially during winter where all doors and windows are closed. Air in the house is about 10 times more polluted than the outside air. But not all filters can do the job about killing dust mites as they are very tiny creatures (measuring 0.2–0.3 millimetres (0.008–0.012 in) in length). Protech Allergies HEPA air purifiers works by eliminating microorganisms and allergens into the air with different technologies (Two-in-one composite filter, HEPA filter, Activated carbon filter, Photocatalytic filter and UV light. Depending on the model, you can treat between 150 sq2 and 753 sq2 of space every hour, treating all the air in the room in a very short space of time.
10. Starve the Enemy by putting a barreer
When it comes to your pillows, mattress, and box spring it is not practical to wash these items every 7 days in hot water. Because of their thickness, denaturing sprays and powders only have limited effectiveness. Since it is impossible to remove dust mites and their allergens from your bed, you must put a barrier between you and the mites.
You want to kill the mite, so do it in a manner that will provide allergen relief. Starve them to death! Yep. That’s right kill dust mites over time by starvation.
So, how do you starve them? Cut off their supply of food. This is the natural way to get rid of dust mites and their allergens.
Encase your mattress, box spring, and pillows in special zippered dust mite proof covers. This puts an allergen-proof barrier between you and the mites. Their food supply will be limited to what is already in the bed or pillow with them. Slowly, over the years, they will die of starvation. From the first night you sleep on dust mite proof covers you will get relief. You will not be exposed to the dust mites, their shed body parts, or their feces! You will also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are killing them softly and slowly…by starvation. Revenge can be sweet indeed!
"Have had this on my bed for just a few days now, and I feel a huge difference in the quality of my sleep. Possibly my foam mattress had been slightly toxic to me. Whatever the reason, this all-cotton mattress allergy protector has been well worth the investment ... and was easier to put on than I was expecting." Mog
dust mite proof covers you will get relief for the mattress, pillows, and box spring will prevent you from breathing the dust mite allergens that have collected in the bed. You simply put them on the bed and then cover them with your sheets and pillowcases. FYI - higher quality covers will last you for years so don’t waste money on cheap ones. The cheap ones only last a year or two and will need replacing.
Also, hang your comforters, bedspreads and blankets outside in the sunlight (especially if you have wool or silk). The sun will kill the mites.
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