Do you wake up in the morning and feel like you never went to sleep? Got a stopped up nose and puffy eyes? That’s what you get for sleeping with dust mites.
Sleeping With Dust Mites is a Bad Idea
Whether they are dead or alive, sleeping with dust mites is a bad idea. The dead ones can make you just as sick as the living ones. It’s the feces and body parts from the dust mites that are the allergens. Just killing the mites won’t remove the allergen although reducing populations is always a good thing. Reduce your dust mite populations and associated allergens by making some changes to your bedroom and your cleaning routine. Even if you can’t do everything, just do a few of these things to reduce the number of dust mites in the bedroom.
Tips to Reduce Dust Mites
- Wash all bed linens once a week in hot water that is 140°F or hotter. Unfortunately most of the hot water in your home is 105°F to 107°F. Good news is that there are very effective products that make up for your lack of temperature.
- Cover your mattress, pillows and box springs with zippered allergy proof covers. Higher quality ones will last you for years so don’t waste money on cheap ones. The cheap ones won’t last but a year or two.
- Hang your comforters, bedspreads and blankets outside in the sunlight (especially if you have wool or silk). The sun will kill the mites. The downside to this tip is that bedding may pick up pollen, not good if you have seasonal allergies.
- Toss comforters, bedspreads and blankets in the dryer for 15 minutes on the fluff setting every 2 to 3 weeks. It will knock out some dust without fading your colors.
- Freeze stuffed toys overnight and toss them in the dryer in the morning. Freezing kills the mites and tumbling in the dryer loosens the allergens.
- Keep the humidity below 40%.
- Steam clean chairs, sofas, couches and carpets.
- Steam clean carpets and rugs on a regular basis. Make sure that the company or equipment you use has a good extraction system. Trading mold for dust mites is a bad thing.
- Get rid of carpeting if you can and eliminate the need for steam cleaning.
- Replace your pillows every six to eight months unless they are protected with a zippered dust mite proof pillow cover.
- Clean early in the day. All the dust you stir up will have a change to settle before bedtime. Don’t forget to clean the ceiling fan.
- Last but not least – get rid of the excess clutter and dust catchers in the bedroom. Do you really need 12 pillows on the bed? We have not had curtains in our bedroom for 20 years. I still remember the day we took them down. What a dust cloud that caused!
Wishing you the best of health.