First of all let's be honest, despite keeping your home clean, it's virtually impossible to completely eliminate dust mites. After all, they were even found on the international space station. So do speak to your healthcare provider about how to best treat your dust mite allergy.
Nevertheless, reducing the number of dust mites in your home is also an important part of dust mite allergy management. So, here are our top 10 methods that help get rid of dust mites.
1. Keep humidity levels below 35-50%
Reducing the amount of humidity in your home is one of the most effective actions you can take to get rid of dust mites. Ideally, you should keep humidity below 35-50% if you have dust mite allergy. Dust mites grow in environments where humidity is greater than 50% and thrive when it’s between 75-80%. To prevent humidity levels from creeping up, we suggest getting a hygrometer so you can keep tabs on the amount of moisture that’s in the air. Investing in a dehumidifier or air conditioner is also a good idea if humidity is consistently high.
2. Use mite-proof bedding and wash it in hot water at 120° F Mite-proof covers can prevent mites from making a home in your mattress, duvet and pillows. However, to actually get rid of dust mites we recommend washing your bedding at least once a week in hot water at 120° F.
3. Tumble dry your bedding
Bedding usually contains a high number of dust mites. After all, we should be spending about 8 hours a night sleeping – so plenty of time for dead skin cells to collect in our warm sheets and duvets. As dust mites are sensitive to hot temperatures, tumble drying your bedding and duvet can kill them. To get rid of dust mites just make sure to let the dryer run for one hour on a hot cycle to help kill dust mites and their eggs.
4. Freeze delicate items
You can use this method for items that aren’t suitable for frequent hot washing, for example, stuffed toys and delicates. Just make sure you leave your items in there for at least 48 hours. However, please do bear in mind that while freezing does kill dust mites it doesn’t remove their allergens. Consequently, it's a good idea to wash everything afterward at the recommended temperature.
5. Declutter your home
While this may sound obvious, the more clutter you have the dustier your home will be. Cluttered homes, not only collect dust but are more time consuming and challenging to keep clean, which makes them perfect environments for dust mites. This being said, you don’t need to start donating your upholstered furniture and cushions just yet. Simply reducing the number of trinkets and house plants in rooms can help get rid of dust mites from your home.
6. Wipe surfaces with a damp cloth
Keeping your home free of dust helps to get rid of dust mites and improves air quality. But when cleaning it’s important you don’t disturb the dust so that it hangs in the air. This is especially important when cleaning large floors and surfaces. Always use a damp mop or cloth that traps the dust, which you can later wash away in a sink.