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

  • What an interesting and informative list you have put together. I’m in need of dust reduction ideas


  • Thanks for all these very useful tips! =)


  • Wow! So many practical ideas to reduce dust mites. Might actually got those leather lounges I’ve always wanted.


  • Great tips just what I needed to find right now. My eldest was diagnosed last year with a dust mite allergy and I have been working hard to make our home better for her health. Still a long way off but your dot points are a great checklist for me to complete and add to with more research. Thanks for sharing.


  • Thanks for the inspiration; had a big weekend of getting rid of clutter. Such a good feeling!


  • Thanks for sharing these incredibly helpful tips; in particular bed making!


  • great tips – now to put them into action


  • wow these are really great tips


  • thanks for the info i have an asthmatic boy ill be making sure i use these tips thanks


  • This is really great information. Most of it would never have occurred to me. Thanks


  • My kids are old enough now we are getting rid of all soft toys and carpet.


  • If you freeze soft toys, how long will they take to dry right through ? Most are not suitable to tumble dry and if they take too long to dry they will go mouldy. You need a hot day to get them dry quickly outside. Unless your linen and clothes have synthetic fibres in them if you wash them in hot water they may shrink. Better to use a natural product in washing machine to kill dust mites and other minute insects.

    • It is a good idea to shake washing as you take it off the line. You may find it has tiny insects on it, especially late afternoon. I have had this problem in 2 areas I have lived in. I too disagree with putting stuffed toys in the freezer. They would definitely need to be out in the sun in warm/hot weather or they definitely would go mouldy. I had carpet in my bedroom for awhile and I got constant earaches – got rid of the carpet and the earaches stopped. Most mattresses can be turned on a regular basis too. You still need to vacuum them


  • Some wonderful ideas. I had no idea about the soft toys in the freezer- great idea.


  • Sometimes it seems like a lot of work but it’s worth it. We also have salt lamps & they’re supposed to help as well.


  • thanks for this read, we suffer from these allergies and they are a real pain at times


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by you browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating