Dust mites may be found practically wherever there is dust, with the possible exception of Antarctica. Many people don’t give these small spider-like arachnids much thought since they can’t see them with the human eye. There are at least 13 different types of dust mites, and they have adapted effectively to living in your house. The little flakes of dead skin that humans and animals shed every day are the primary food source for dust mites. They may not transmit disease by biting like bedbugs, fleas, or head lice, but they nevertheless pose a serious health risk.
Allergens found in the average home include dust mites and their droppings, bodies, and parts. In addition to making it harder to breathe, dermatitis, itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, a cough, persistent sinus issues, and migraines can result from an allergy or asthmatic reaction to dust mite allergens. Sleep is negatively impacted, and those with dust mite allergies may wake up many times during the night due to the aforementioned issues. A single dust mite may create up to 200 times its own body weight in waste over the course of its lifespan, which can soon become a major problem if ignored. Yikes! While it’s hard to totally get rid of dust mites in your house, there are a few tried-and-true strategies for significantly lowering their population and neutralizing their danger.
Wash & Clean with Hot Water
Allergens can be removed from laundry if you can get the item into the washing machine. Sheets should be changed and washed once a week (while the zippered cover remains behind as your dust mite proof force field).
However, dust mites and the allergies they produce are resistant to even frequent cleaning. In order to kill the dust mite and get rid of the allergen, the water in your “hot tub” of a washing machine would have to be 140 degrees Fahrenheit. To prevent accidents, most households do not have their hot water heaters set to these high temperatures.
Routinely Maintain Carpet and Rug Cleanliness
Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed at least twice weekly, and more often if you have a pet that sheds or a baby who crawls. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter-equipped vacuum is necessary for effective dust (and pet dander) collection. Particles as small as dust, pollen, and tobacco smoke are captured by the thin mesh of a HEPA filter.
The vacuuming action of a conventional household appliance will only remove large amounts of dust and may even release small dust particles back into the air, where they can aggravate asthma and allergy sufferers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters may effectively remove particles as small as 0.3 microns from an indoor environment. When vacuuming, those who are allergic to dust mites should either wear a mask and open windows to let in fresh air, or have someone else do the cleaning for them.
Regular Dusting and Vacuuming Is Required
The use of a dust rag or a vacuum cleaner is much safer for people and the planet. The use of nuclear weapons is discouraged in favor of these, as they are more effective at killing dust mites.
Use damp cloths to dust, and remember to always begin at the ceiling and work your way down. That is to say, start at the top and work your way down to the ground as you dust. Use no residue dusting products. Due to this, dust is produced and attracted. To combat dust mites, my family uses old cotton t-shirts treated with Aller search’s Aller Dust Dusting Aid. After we’ve finished dusting, we’ll throw the clothing in the wash.
Streamline Your Space
Even the tidiest of homes will still have dust mites, and they will be very happy there. However, dust mites are attracted to the same things that attract dust. So, harness your inner Marie Kondo and get rid of things that don’t “spark pleasure” to reduce dust mites in your house. Getting rid of extra items will decrease dust accumulation. You’ll save time and energy cleaning, too! Each party benefits from the arrangement.
Mattress Cleaning Service
The average person loses 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells every day (enough to fill a teaspoon), and many of them are shed when you toss and turn in bed. Dust mites flourish in the warm, moist environment provided by your bedding and mattress, where dead skin cells accumulate and eventually reach the support structure. Don’t worry; if you give your mattress a thorough cleaning at least twice a year, you can keep the dust mite population to a minimum. It’s important to take your time and be careful while cleaning your mattress, since dust mites’ legs include small barbs that may hang on securely to fibers, making them difficult to remove by ordinary vacuuming.
Eliminating dust mites is a significant step in maintaining a healthy and clean home environment. Cleaning up the dust that dust mites thrive in is crucial as well.