How to Get Rid of Bedding Dust Mites

Did you know that if you are allergic to dust mites, it’s not the actual dust mite you are sensitive to, but the fecal matter they leave behind?  Yes, it is a bit repulsive to think about that, but it’s a fact of life.

During its 80-day lifespan, each dust mite produces about 1,000 allergen waste particles.

And to make matters worse, dust mites reproduce very rapidly and each egg-laying female can reproduce 25 to 30 new mites per week.House dust mite - Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus

So how do you combat those nasty little critters?

Although we can never eliminate dust mites altogether, there are ways you can kill dust mites on your bed sheets to get some short term relief.

1) Wash in HOT water (at least 130 degrees). The hot temperature will kill the dust mite.

OR –  to conserve on hot water….

2) Wash your sheets in cold water, dry, and then place sheets in the freezer for 24 hours or until needed. Washing in cold water alone will not kill dust mites (as unbelievable as that seems), but the cold freezer temps will.

Because dust mites rapidly reproduce, if you have a sensitivity to them, it is important to launder your bedding at least once a week.

Another very important and effective way to combat bedding dust mites is to invest in a dust mite proof mattress pad or mattress encasement. Mattresses are a breeding ground for dust mites, so it is essential to create a barrier so that they cannot harbor within your mattress. Bed linens can be washed regularly to eliminate the critters, but the only way to eliminate them from your mattress is to keep them out altogether with a dust mite proof mattress protector.

Photo courtesy of Gilles San Martin

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