12 Tips to Reduce Dust Mites in Your Bedroom

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

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Dust Mite

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Keep the humidity below 40%.
  7. Steam clean chairs, sofas, couches and carpets.
  8. 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.
  9. Get rid of carpeting if you can and eliminate the need for steam cleaning.
  10. Replace your pillows every six to eight months unless they are protected with a zippered dust mite proof pillow cover.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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What is Healthy Sleep?

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Dust Mites in Your Bed?

We spend one-third of our life asleep. Everybody wants a good night’s rest. Everybody wants to sleep healthy. We all agree on that. But what is “healthy sleep”?

The National Sleep Foundation defines “healthy sleep” as sleep that meets the following:

 

 

  • You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down
  • You regularly sleep a total of seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period.
  • While in bed, your sleep is continuous—you don’t have long periods of lying awake when you wish to be sleeping.
  • You wake up feeling refreshed.
  • You feel alert and are able to be fully productive throughout the waking hours.
  • Your partner or family members do not notice any disturbing or out of the ordinary behavior from you while you sleep, such as snoring, pauses in breathing, restlessness, or otherwise nighttime behaviors.

The Harvard Medical School devotes significant resources to studying sleep and promoting healthy sleep. They have an extensive video library here if you would like to hear from medical experts about the importance of healthy sleep.

Tips for Healthy Sleep

Most experts agree that there are steps you can take to get to sleep, stay asleep, and wake refreshed.

  • Avoid caffeine late in the day
  • Limit your exposure to light
  • Establish a bedtime routine and keep it
  • Exercise daily, but not just before bedtime
  • Keep your room dark and cool
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and heavy meals just before bedtime

Healthy Sleep Hygiene

The debate rages about whether to shower or bathe at night before fight over shower at night or in morningyou go to bed or in the morning when you rise. That is one sleep hygiene fight we will not wade into. If it helps you sleep, bathe or shower before you sleep. If not, do it in the morning.

However, bathing at night does reduce the amount of skin and body oils in your bed. Those are just food for dust mites. 

Speaking of dust mites, it is important to control their population if sneezing, wheezing, or coughing keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep. So, be sure to wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets every 7 days in hot water. This will remove the skin cells that are food for the dust mites as well as removing the dust mites themselves.

Protect your mattress and pillows with zippered dust mite-proof covers. You’ll extend the life of your mattress and pillows and make it much easier to keep your bed clean.

zippered mattress covers promote healthy sleepFor temperature regulating comfort, choose natural fibers for sleeping. Cotton wicks away moisture to keep you dry. Both silk and wool fibers work to regulate body temperature as well. This makes these fibers great choices for comforters, blankets, and duvets.

If you’ve got any bedtime routines that work for you, drop us a line. We would love to hear what you do to get a healthy sleep.

Til Next Time!

Cheryl

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Do I Believe Allergy Control Products Work?

Yesterday was a really good day.  Not everyone can say that about a Monday, but I can say it with confidence. That’s because I believe in what I do and I know the allergy control products we sell are highly effective.

Seeing is Believing

I talked with several customer by phone and helped a few on live chat. More than one said it sure sounds like I believe in the allergy control products we sell.

Comments like that always make me smile. That’s because it’s true. And it’s easy to sound like I believe in the products we sell. That’s because I do. I really use the products we sell. I won’t sell a product that I won’t personally use. If you see a product in our catalog or on-line it’s a personal recommendation by me or one of our staff. If you see it, we use it.

Allergy Control Products in My House

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Every Sunday morning,  my wife strips the linens off the bed and pillows. We wash our 100% cotton sheets with the DeMite Laundry Additive. She has terrible allergies to dust mites and we are vigilant about allergy control in the house. That’s why all of our bedding is encased with dust mite proof covers.

We run an Austin Air HealthMate air cleaner in our bedroom 24 hours a day. There’s an Alen Paralda or Austin Air Junior in the other bedrooms. An Airpura keeps the air in the basement clean.

Go in the kitchen and look under the sink. You will find Skoy Cloths, House Wash concentrate, Vital Oxide and Envirorite products. There’s some Allerpet/C there too for when our feline allergic friends visit.

You’ll find the Zeolite products in the cat litter box and in our cars.  We spray our furniture

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Allerpet/c on my cat

with ADMS spray and the bedspread gets a spray about once a month too. When it gets dirty, we scrub the outdoor furniture with House Wash. The Vapamore keeps the tile and wood floors looking great.

Check out the air conditioner  and furnace. They both use high quality custom-made  air filters. Last but not least, our water is purified using Aquathin’s patented RO/DI process.  I refuse to drink  water from the tap no matter how safe the city says it is.

We Know What Works

I know what allergy control products work because we test everything extensively. Our employees use our products and participate in testing too.

You won’t find fad products for sale at The Allergy Store.  You will find products that have been tested and proven. I believe that if a product doesn’t perform, it has no value, regardless of the price.

No, I don’t have every  mattress pad and comforter we sell on my bed. But every one of those products has spent some time on my bed. Being evaluated for comfort, ease of care, and efficacy in allergy control.

I believe in the products we sell because I know they really do work. When evaluating new
products, one of the first questions I must answer is “would I use this?”  If the answer is no, you won’t find it here.

Do I believe in the products we carry? You bet I do.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause

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