Dust mites are a common allergen. They love to live in mattresses and pillows and cause sneezing, itchy eyes and generally disrupt your sleep. You wake up too early and with a stuffy nose and watery eyes. No fun! These allergies can develop in adulthood or childhood. My own struggles with adult allergies prompted this post, and I have used everything here.
Dust mites bite the dust with freezing, boiling, microwaving, or being tossed in a hot dryer. To keep the buggers out of your bedroom, follow these simple steps.
Dust mites don’t like heat, so toss your pillow in the dryer for at least 15 minutes. To keep new dust mites from making your pillow their home, immediately cover your pillow in an allergy relief cover and then put your regular pillowcase over it. Older allergen pillow covers were a bit crinkly, but the newer ones are soft and quiet. SureGuard is one brand of pillow and mattress covers that offers many options.
Your mattress is basically a giant castle for dust mites. Obviously, you can’t put your mattress in the dryer, but there are other ways to banish the allergy-causing buggers. Use anti-allergen spray weekly after stripping the bed and washing your sheets. Next, grab your HEPA filter vacuum and suck those mites right out. Be sure to take the contents out of your house. Another option is the Neat Steam Cleaner, which uses ordinary tap water and can be used to clean and sanitize just about anything with amazing results.
Then immediately cover your mattress in an allergy relief cover. The allergy cover prevents your shed skin (aka dust mite food) from reaching any remaining mites, so they’ll ultimately die.
If you’re shopping for a new mattress, consider getting a foam or latex mattress. Dust mites can’t live in either one.
Wash Your Bedding Regularly
Even with your pillow and mattress free of dust mites and preventing new ones from moving in, the little sneeze-makers may live in your sheets, blankets, and other bedding. Keep them at bay by washing your bedding on a weekly basis. Use hot water and dry in the dryer, unless the fabric type can’t be dried. Air purifiers help a lot, and I use this one when it’s needed.
In general, the less cluttered space, the fewer places there are for dust mites to live.
Following these few steps will keep your bed dust mite-free and give you a restful, sneeze-free night’s sleep. For more great tips like this, sign up for my newsletter.
Not sure if you’ve got a dust mite issue? An Allergy Air Test Kit will give you the answer.