Hot water, sunshine, the freezer and your iron all spell death to this common mite that is the cause of eczema, asthma and other respiratory conditions, in many people.
Aim to reduce the dust mite population rather than eliminate these common microscopic creatures. Dust mites actually serve a useful purpose in cleaning up shed human skin particles and dust. It’s the droppings of the dust mites that cause the allergic reaction, rather than the mites themselves.
For those people suffering eczema, asthma and other respiratory conditions linked to house dust mites, your management strategies need to include:
1. Avoid the use of carpets, drapes and cushions in bed rooms. Vertical blinds are good.
2. Sweep or vacuum daily.
3. Wipe over the floor and other washable surfaces using a mop or cloth moistened with vinegar. Mites cannot tolerate acid.
4. Open windows to allow free air circulation.
5. Wash your bed linen weekly, using hot water if possible. Water over 55° C spells death to dust mites.
6. Vacuum mattresses.
7. Regularly air bedding, pillows and floor rugs in the sun. Three hours of sunshine proves fatal to dust mites.
8. Avoid air-conditioning and central heating as dust mites thrive in a warm conditions.
9. Wash pet bedding every week.
10. Place soft toys in plastic bags, then put them in your freezer overnight, to kill mites.