Dust mites are microscopic little creatures that are closely related to ticks and spiders. The image you see here is just a rendering of what they look like. Not pretty! They also have a habit of causing or exacerbating allergy symptoms in about 20 million Americans. You probably have dust mites nearby if you live in a house, apartment, condo, townhome, duplex… well, you get the picture. They are everywhere! So what do you do about them?
Some tips for dealing with dust mites:
- Put airtight, plastic dust-mite covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs.
- Wash bedding in very hot water (over 130 F) once a week. Dry the bedding in a hot dryer.
- Clean bare floors often with a damp mop or cloth.
- Vacuum carpets once or twice a week, and be sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter.
- Wash throw rugs in hot water.
- Vacuum upholstered furniture such as sofas and chairs.
- Replace drapes with roll-up shades, and wash curtains in hot water.
- Get rid of stuffed animals and soft toys.
- This list and more can be found on WebMD (and lots of other sites online).
First of all, if you took my 2 yr olds stuffed animals away… watch out! Second of all, what a list! It’s a good list, but not very practical for all but the most ardent dust mite hunters out there. I know that our hot water is set to not exceed 120 F, so washing in 130 F water isn’t even an option in our household.
Why do dust mites cause allergies?
You may not want to know the answer to this. It’s poop. Dust mites feed on dead human skin cells, and well, they poop at some point later on. Then humans breathe in the poop (we’ll call it feces from now on!), and some people don’t react too well to this. Technically it’s a protein in the feces, but who really cares! Now that we’ve grossed you out, I think it’s time to move on to another topic…
Will the EcoShield cover on Pure Crafted Beds get rid of dust mites?
The short answer is, no. It won’t get rid of dust mites everywhere in your house, but it will help get rid of them where you sleep! Bedding still needs to be washed in hot water regularly, but the EcoShield cover will not allow dust mites to survive on or very near your mattress. Dust mites love damp, humid environments, and your mattress is perhaps the king of them all! You may not realize it, but your body gives off a LOT of heat and moisture while you sleep. Perfect for keeping dust mites happy and warm. They also have a readily available food supply in your mattress. As gross as it sounds, they feed on dead human skin cells, which every single person on this planet sheds. Guess where a lot of dead skin cells end up as you lay, toss, roll, and sleep for 1/3 of your life?
“Studies show that more dust mites live in the bedroom than anywhere else in the home. So to attack the problem of dust mite allergy, the bedroom is the best place to start.” – from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website.
As the first tip states, adding an airtight, plastic dust-mite cover will help. It won’t, however, remove any dust mites already in your bed. It might also make your bed sound like a giant diaper when you’re sleeping if you’ve covered it with a plastic bag… but that’s just our opinion! 🙂 Hey, we aren’t going to lie, we want you to see what we have to offer!