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How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

Learn how to get rid of dust mites from your home, so that allergy sufferers in your home breathe a little easier. Lessening the amount of dust mites in your surroundings is beneficial for someone with a dust mite allergy.

  1. First: Vacuum

    Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for best results. This keeps dust mites from getting released back into the air while vacuuming. If a vacuum does not have this type of filter, it makes matters worse than not vacuuming at all. It is recommended that you vacuum often or if possible have a member of the household who does not suffer from allergies do the vacuuming. Stay out of the room for at least 20 minutes after. Dust mites in the air bring on an asthma attack in highly sensitive people. Vacuum fabric on furniture too in order to further reduce allergens.

  2. Second: Bedding

    Get pillowcases and covers for bedding made from non-permeable materials to offer a barrier against dust mites. Do not use down or wool bedding as these conceal more dust mites than cotton or synthetic equivalents. Heat resistant, lightly colored sheets and blankets are the ideal choice. Wash bedding once a week in a water temperature of 130-140 degrees F to eliminate dust mites. Put bed ruffles and other pieces that are not machine washable or cannot withstand the high water temperatures into the freezer overnight.

  3. Third: Draperies

    Curtains and draperies are perfect breeding grounds for dust mites. These are also areas that are frequently overlooked when cleaning. Wooden or vinyl blinds are better suited for these situations, since cleaning them is much easier.

  4. Fourth: Dusting

    Use damp cloths or mops rather than dry ones when dusting in your home. This keeps mites from getting loose into the air.

  5. Fifth: De-clutter

    De-clutter your home and take away the hiding places of dust mites. Dust accumulates in and on clutter. Get plastic containers with lids and store items inside of them. These containers not only reduce clutter but are very easy to clean with a damp cloth.