Do you or one of your family members suffer from a dust mite allergy?
Dust mite allergy is one of the most common forms of airborne allergy and it effects people by disturbing their sleep patterns – tossing & turning; itchy eyes; running nose & sneezing when you wake up; dark cycles under the eyes just to name a few symptoms!
So how can you minimise these effects?
Well you can’t remove dust mites completely but you can reduce the volume by focusing on some basic cleaning/organising techniques:
- The days of making your bed are over! Dust mites are transluscent so they don’t like sun – they love a dark humid environment so if you make your bed that’s what you are creating and they will be very happy. So instead pull your top sheet and doona down to the bottom of the bed (neatly folded of course) and expose your bottom sheet to as much sunlight as possible
- Wash your linen in 55-60 degree water to kill the dustmites present
- Fit quality dust mite protective covers over your pillow; mattress and doona. These covers must fully enclose the item and have a zip close system
- Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter, more of the allergen is contanined in the vacuum
- Soft toys: minimise the volume in your child’s bedroom. The remaining 2-3 can be popped into a zip lock plastic bag and placed in the freezer once every couple of weeks for 4hrs to kill dustmites
- Remove the clutter from your bedroom, clear surfaces make dusting so much easier. When dusting use a damp or electrostatic cloth so as not to bring the dust into your face
- Don’t store anything under our bed
- If heading away for holidays, your child should sleep on the top bunk so they aren’t lying under a mattress
- Keep pets out of the bedroom as they provide more food for dustmites
- Choose leather lounges over fabric lounges
If you require more information on this topic or other airborne allergies you can contact us via our website: www.bsorted.com.au