Dust Mites, how these creatures are so deadly. Let Lazy’s house cleaning tips teach you how to deal with them with only what you have at home! Part 8
Dust mites are allergy victim’s worst nightmares. What are dust mites you ask? They are microscopic insects, that cannot be seen with your eyes and they are critters that feed on yours and animal dead skin cells. They breed and multiply ridiculously fast like some infection, and there are literally millions of them living and feeding inside fabrics in your home, like your bed, carpets, soft furnishings, clothes, and anywhere where dust tends to accumulate.
A dust mite can produce up to 200 times its own body weight in waste product. It poop can trigger a range of health problems and allergic reactions, like breathing difficulties, coughing, nasal congestion, itching, and watery eyes. These problems can also have a detrimental effect on your sleep, causing you to wake up several times during the night.
Its not possible to completely eliminate dust mites but there are several precautions you can take to drastically reduce their numbers and mitigate their threat. Today we will introduce you one effective and natural way to get rid of dust mites in your house using things you already have at home.
Replace Carpets with Hard Flooring
Like beds and soft furnishings, carpets are a paradise for dust mites. Carpets trap dead skin and pet dander that the mites feed on. Hard flooring, on the hand, eliminates their most fertile breeding ground.
If you can afford to do it replace them with hard flooring, such as linoleum, laminate, or tile.
If getting rid of your carpets is impractical or too costly, try to vacuum regularly—at least two or three times each week. You can also purchase carpet sprays and treatments that get rid of dust mites and other carpet allergens, but in the long term, it might actually be cheaper to install some hard flooring and throw your mite-infested carpets in the trash.
Get Rid of Curtains, Cushions, and Soft Furnishings
Curtains and soft furnishings are a dust mite's paradise. Fabric traps the dust and moisture, which they feed on, and shields them from potential threats. Each time you drag open the curtains or sit down on a fabric couch, dust mite debris is discharged into the air. Get tough with dust mites by:
- Replacing curtains with easy-to-clean blinds.
- Throwing away fabric cushions or exchanging them for leather/artificial leather cushions.
- Trading fabric couches and arm chairs for leather/artificial leather versions.
If you don't want to part with your soft furnishings, then you'll need a steam cleaner. Cuddly toys are another dust mite trap. Short of triggering a tantrum in your child, try to reduce cuddly toys on display in your house. If that beloved teddy bear really has to stay, give it a regular airing. Every so often, stick it in a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 24 hours. This will kill the dust mites.
How to Prevent Dust Mites
- Regularly clean and vacuum the house. Cut down on clutter, and don't give dust a chance to collect.
- Regularly clean your vents to prevent allergens from spreading around the house.
- Wash bedding every week using high temperatures of at least 54°C.
- If you have house plants, don't overwater them. Clean up dead leaves on top of the soil.
- Use hypoallergenic bed and pillow covers, which are impenetrable to dust mites.
- Open windows regularly to lower humidity levels in the house.
- Replace carpets, curtains, and soft furnishing with hard flooring, blinds, and leather or pleather furniture.
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