Lifestyle and dust mites, The best strategy for managing the house dust mite allergy
The best strategy for managing the house dust mite allergy is to avoid exposure to mites.
Although it’s impossible to completely remove dust mites from your house, it’s still possible to considerably reduce their population, if you follow the suggestions below.
- The bedding should be chosen rationally. Down or wool bedcovers are difficult to clean regularly and attract dust.
- Use non-allergen bed covers. Enclose your pillows and mattress into allergen-blocking or dust-proof covers. They are usually made of tightly woven fabric or vinyl and are able to prevent house dust mites from settling in the pillows or mattress. Cover the box springs with vinyl or plastic case.
- Wash linen every week. Hot wash all pillowcases, sheets, bedcovers and blankets at a minimum 130oF, as this temperature will kill the mites and erase allergens. In case of linen is prohibited to be washed hot, it should be put in the drier for twenty minutes at the same temperature before washing and drying for eliminating allergens. The non-washable linen can be frozen for twenty-four hours, but it will only kill the mites, but not eliminate the allergens.
- Choose washable soft toys. Don’t put them on the bed, hot wash them frequently and dry thoroughly.
- Lower the humidity. The best rate of humidity for your house is 30-50%. You can get a hygrometer at hardware stores to measure the humidity, and an air conditioner plus dehumidifier to keep the right level.
- Do dusting. It’s better to use an oiled or wet rag for that rather than dry mop. This won’t let dust airborne and resettle.
- Remove unnecessary things. They collect dust, which means they also collect house dust mites. Take tabletop ornaments, books and different knickknacks away from your bedroom.
- Vacuum frequently. When you vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture, you eliminate the surface dust, and what is more important– the food supply for the mites. However, vacuuming is not very effective at killing most dust mites and their allergens. The best type of a vacuum cleaner is that having a HEPA filter or double-layered microfilter bag which can help reduce the dust emissions from the device. If you suffer from severe allergies, ask someone else to do the dirty work, while you are staying out of the area being vacuumed during the process and for extra twenty minutes after finishing.
- Using air purifiers will help collect airborne dust and control it if you maintain frequent cleaning practices. But they can’t remove the dust mites themselves as they are too heavy to stay up in the air and get filtered. Sometimes they may be airborne after finishing cleaning, but quickly fall back onto surfaces.
- Avoid carpets and other comfortable habitats for dust mites, especially if the carpeting is placed directly over concrete, because it easily holds moisture, thus providing a humid environment for dust mites. Remove wall-to-wall carpeting, if possible, and replace it with linoleum, tile, vinyl or wood flooring. Also think over removing such bedroom furnishings as horizontal blinds, non-washable curtains and upholstered furniture.