How to Reduce Dust Mites in your Bedroom

How to Reduce Dust Mites in your Bedroom

Do you wake up sneezing every morning? It might be that you have an allergy to dust mites. Dust mites live in household dust and feed on shed skin flakes. Dust mites don’t bite, rather their faeces contain particular proteins that can trigger allergic symptoms in susceptible people. They can be found around the home in spots where shed skin flakes are likely to be. One such place is your bedroom, particularly your mattress and bed linen.

Tips on how to minimize dust mites in your bedroom:

  • Your mattress should have a cover that can be washed
  • You should either change your pillow regularly or choose one that can be washed
  • Choose a doona and pillow which is synthetic rather than feather
  • Wash your mattress cover, pillow, and sheets in water hotter than 131° Fahrenheit (55° Celsius)
  • Wash your mattress cover and pillow every four months or less
  • Wash blankets and non-encased doonas every two months
  • Wash your sheets every week
  • Use a gentle wool wash containing essential oils such as eucalyptus or tea tree oil
  • Hot tumble dry your sheets – note this will kill dust mites but not the allergen they produce
  • Use an electrostatic cloth rather than a feather duster to clean hard surfaces
  • Reduce humidity – keep your bedroom dry and well-ventilated
  • Choose venetian blinds or washable curtains
  • Avoid carpet in the bedroom – bare floorboards or tiles are preferable
  • Wash or air rugs and mats regularly
  • Vacuum weekly and air your bedroom for an hour afterwards to clear the air

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