The faeces and decaying bodies of dust mites can trigger asthma, eczema and rhinitis, and bring on runny, itchy nose and watery eyes.
Don’t worry, follow our simple and effective steps to deal with them.
1) Dust and Vacuum Your House Regularly
Aim to dust and vacuum your house once a week, making sure you clean even in hard-to-reach places, like the top of bookshelves, and behind and underneath all furniture.
2) Wash Your Bed Linen Regularly
We recommend washing sheets and pillowcases weekly with a quality detergent. Remember to read the label of your chosen product and follow any instructions for the best results.
3) Keep Your House Dry and Ventilated
Dust mites start to die when the humidity drops below 50 per cent. So open your windows to let some fresh air in. Turn on the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen after you’ve finished bathing and cooking.
4) Use an Air Purifier or a Dehumidifier
An air purifier is one of the most effective ways to remove dust mites from your home. And a dehumidifier is great for reducing the moisture that dust mites thrive on.
5) Wash Soft Toys Often, or Freeze Them
If you don’t want to launder your child’s soft toys too frequently, you can also put them in a plastic bag and pop them in the freezer for 12 hours. This should kill off any dust mites living inside them.
6) Clean Pillows, Curtains and Duvets Regularly
If you have a particularly strong allergic reaction to dust mites, clean your mattresses, duvets and pillows every two months to keep them fresh.
Make sure to read the instructions on all product labels carefully as some specialised cleaning products can damage certain materials.