Dust mites can be found in large numbers in most homes and, although they are usually regarded as harmless, for some they can cause misery by triggering allergic reactions. If you want to lower the number of dust mites in your home what are some ways to do it? Well, perhaps you feel that the easiest solution is to go out and buy a chemical product, however, these do not always work the way they should so, before you choose this option, try these suggestions first:
Perhaps the most obvious steps to reducing dust mite numbers are to regularly dust and vacuum the home. It is best to use a damp cloth to dust so that you prevent redistributing dust from one surface onto another. After dusting, vacuum, and make sure you include your soft furnishings and textiles. Vacuum cleaners that have HEPA filters work best as they will help to stop dust from reentering the air.
Bed linens are one place where dust mites seem to thrive. If you want to eliminate them completely you will need to wash bedding on a high temperature, no less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Another option is to place your bedding in the dryer for 10 minutes at a high temperature.
An environment where dust mites thrive is a humid one. Are there some ways you can lower humidity levels in your home? Air conditioners and electric blankets are a couple of options you could try.
Do air purifiers help to lessen the number of dust mites in a home? In general, air purifiers are good for households with allergy sufferers and they do lessen the number of airborne dust mites, however, as dust mites are not usually airborne you will find this does not get rid of them. When selecting an air purifier make sure it has a HEPA filter.
These simple but effective tips will help to lessen dust mite numbers without resorting to a chemical approach.