If you suffer from allergies year round, it might not just be a lack of a habit of frequent cleaning, but you might also be dealing with one of the most pesky creatures known to modern humans and our sensitive respiratory systems: the dust mite.
The dust mite thrives in the humid conditions of our bedding. And by leaving our dead skin cells everywhere, we provide food for the dust mite, allowing them to reproduce in countless numbers. So, how do you get rid of dust mites and reduce your allergic reactions?
You can’t really get rid of them permanently, as it’s difficult to live life in a bubble, but you can use these four tips to reduce your suffering:
Tips for reducing Mites
1) Your Bedding Likes It Hot. But dust mites don’t. Run your sheets and pillow cases through wash water that is at least 140 degrees F (60 degrees Celsius). If you have a tumble dryer, put your sheets through an extra spin cycle to make sure they’re fully dry, then the heat from the the dryer will help kill any extra mites that might have survived the wash cycle.
2) Use Hypoallergenic Mattress and Pillowcase Covers. This is especially helpful if you use a futon with a mattress cover that’s sewn on. If you have a regular bed, consider getting a hypoallergenic mattress. A cheaper alternative is getting a mattress cover for your regular mattress that you can throw in the wash can put a barrier between you and the tens of thousands of mites that can live even in the cleanest of mattresses.
3) Say Yes to Hard Flooring. While carpets may be cozy and warm for your feet to step on in the winter, they can harbor mites just as much as your bedding can. So to keep a healthy environment and skip the expense of frequent cleaning, trade in your carpeted lifestyle for hard flooring in your living spaces. Be it hardwood or tile, getting rid of carpets can really assist with getting and staying healthy.
4) Use a Steam Cleaner. If you’re not keen on giving up your carpeting or soft furnishings, invest in a steam cleaner that can help destroy and keep dust mite recurrence to a bare minimum with frequent cleaning.