Dust mites lay an average of eight eggs per week, and thousands of mites can live in just 1 square foot. This means that dust mites can easily infest your home in a short period of time. Dust mites thrive in fabric and fibers and feed off dead skin cells, which makes your home the perfect breeding ground for dust mites. Dust mites are a common cause of allergies in many people and having a home filled with those nasty creatures can cause allergy symptoms to act up. However, implementing a few simple cleaning techniques can help control dust mites.
Keep Your Home Clean
One of the best methods to keeping your home free of dust mites is regular cleaning. During the cleaning process, wear a dust mask to keep from inhaling the dust mites. Also, when cleaning use a damp rag so the dust adheres to the rag and does not get blown back into the air. Start cleaning in the higher areas and work your way down. Dust off walls, shelves, fan blades, pictures and anything else that has collected dust. Remove the curtains and launder them according to their label instructions. Vacuum furniture and wipe baseboards. For those suffering from dust mite allergies, this process should be performed once a week.
Lower the Temperature
Dust mites thrive in warm, humid climates. By lowering the temperature in your home to below 70 degrees you create an unpleasant environment for the dust mite. Furthermore, adding a dehumidifier will keep the humidity in your home low and aid in dust mite removal.
Keep Your Bedding Clean
Allergies caused by dust mites can become worse at night when you're trying to sleep. Since dust mites thrive in fibers and fabrics and feed on dead skin, it is quite possible that they are living in your bedding and aggravating your allergies. That is why it is important to keep your bedding clean.
Dust mites do not like sunlight. So, on a warm sunny day hang your blankets and comforters outside in the sun. Hang pillows without their cases on the line as well. Take a broom handle and beat the pillows to remove any debris and shake out dust mites.
When you wash your bedding, add several drops of eucalyptus oil with the laundry detergent and use the warmest setting allowed for your type of bedding.
To keep dust mites down between washings, mix 1 cup of vodka and 30 drops of eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle. Spray your bedding and pillows a couple of times a week. You can use this mixture on carpets and upholstery as well.