Killing dust mites on stuffed animals is not hard. The hard part is getting rid of the dead dust mite and its parts. A dead dust mite is just as bad as a live one.
Many stuffed animals and toys can be put in the wash just like any piece of clothing. The problem with washing some stuffed animals is that they loose that soft, fluffy, cuddly feel. Others completely disintegrate and the stuffing gets everywhere, we had a few do that.
Killing dust mites on stuffed animals or anything for that matter you have to be washing in 130 to 140 F water. In most homes the hot water heaters are set to 105 to 108 F. for safety reasons. Many of the newer dryers have an “allergy” setting that allows the temperature to get to 180 to 190 F. That will kill dust mites and almost anything else. The problem with that is the amount of electricity they use and the feel of stuffed toy after it has been cooked. (Read complete answer)
When our customers are looking to buy a dust mite covers for their children’s bed they often start off looking at the Allersoft or Pristine fabrics. Both of these are outstanding microfiber fabrics and are great for adults because they are cool, comfortable and very effective against allergens. However, I don’t recommend them for a child’s bed.
We put the linen (with the membrane) dust mite covers on both of our children’s beds about 10 years ago and they have held up great. Don’t misunderstand me, the Allersoft and Pristine dust mite mattress covers are effective, comfortable and durable but the linen covers are waterproof as well as effective, comfortable and durable.
No matter how many times we told them to not take drinks into their rooms something would mysteriously end up getting spilled on the bed. Coke , tea and cool-aid can make a real mess out of a mattress. The linen covers also held up very well to the jumping and wrestling that goes along with having kids.
Both our children have moved out of the house now and when they moved they took their covers with them. They have held up even at college.
So when you are looking for a dust mite cover for the children I would recommend taking a look at the linen cotton poly fabric. They won’t even know they are there but you will.
The carpets in our house are a perfect environment for collecting dust mites and other common household allergens. Dust, pollen, dirt, crumbs, dead skin, hair, and other debris fall onto the floor and collect in the fibers of the carpet.
Since dust mites feed on shed human skin (a major component of household dust) carpeting provides a banquet table set for a feast for dust mites. As we walk on the carpet, we stir up the settled bits of allergen, causing them to become air-borne. Once air-borne, they are easily inhaled and trigger an allergic reaction. Not a good thing.
People with severe allergies to dust mites or asthma really should remove the carpeting. The reason for this piece of advice is that it is impossible to really clean carpet. You can pay companies to clean your carpets, you can rent a carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself, and can buy one of hundreds of carpet cleaning products. The problem is that none of these process really cleans the carpet.
It is true that any of these methods of “carpet cleaning” will remove some of the soil and make the carpets look and smell cleaner. Think of it this way, suppose you took a heavy sweater or shirt (with lots of thick fibers) and threw it down on the floor and walked on it for 6 months. It would get pretty nasty, right? Then suppose you injected the dirty shirt/sweater with some warm soapy water and then vacuumed the water out. Now, do you think that sweater would be clean? This is why people with allergies or asthma are told to get rid of carpet.
The reality is, most people are not in a position to remove the carpet and put in wood or tile floors. So what do you do?
Vacuum the carpet often and with a good vacuum. Not one of the $69.95 specials.
Take your shoes off when you come in the house.
Use door mats to wipe your feet.
When you have the carpets cleaned make sure if it is being steam cleaned that the company use a very strong extraction system. Damp carpet gets dirty easily and also allows for microbial growth.
We are fortunate. We were able to remove all the carpeting from our home. One room at a time over a period of 3 years. It certainly has made a difference in the control of our allergies. However, until we were able
to remove the carpets, X-Mite anti-allergen dust mite carpet powder was an important part of the allergy control
regimen our my home.