Eliminating Dust Mites


Looking for tips on eliminating dust mites?

Dust mites are a common allergen that causes problems for many people. And these little creatures are everywhere. They live in carpet, bedding, pillows, mattresses and the dust that accumulates on every surface of the home. According to howstuffworks.com, there may be 100,000 to 10 million of these congestion-inducing mites in a typical bed. Gross!

Dust mites are pervasive in homes because they feed on dead skin cells, which of course are everywhere in most people’s houses. While it’s impossible to eliminate dust mites entirely, it is possible to keep their presence to a minimum in your home, using these tips:

  • Plug in AirRestore’s Whole Home System of Air Naturalizers. The technology helps get rid of the dead skin cells in the air, taking away the mites’ food supply.
  • Use a dehumidifier, and keep your bedroom temperature on the cool side. Mites love humidity and warm air, so taking these steps will make your room less hospitable to them.
  • Encase your pillows and mattress in dust mite-proof covers. You can find them at many retail stores. They will prevent dust mites from taking over your bed and making it hard for you to breathe while you sleep.
  • Wash your comforter, bed skirt, curtains, and mattress pad every two weeks — preferable in hot water if the washing instructions allow. Cool water won’t kill the mites.
  • Use a damp cloth when you are dusting, rather than using a feather duster. That way you will collect the mites and get rid of them, rather than spreading them around your home. Tip: Add eucalyptus and wintergreen essential oils to your dust cloth to help kill the mites.

You can find more great tips at this site.