Removing dust mites entirely out of your house is a very challenging task. However, there are still a handful tips and ways which you can do frequently to prevent them from develop, remove them, and fight against their negative impact. Here are 8 ways that you can do to get rid of dust mites as well as dust mite problems:
Get Rid of Dust Mites by Washing And Cleaning Your Bed
Being very warm and having much of moisture, your bed is probably the place with the highest concentration of dust mites. Therefore, it should be the place where you should start first.
You need to remove all of the bedding items, include blanket cover, mattress pads, and pillow covers. In order to make the washing effective, you should wash these bedding items in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer. Afterward, you can hang them in the sun as much as possible.
While washing, you can add some drops of essential oils such as eucalyptus or tea tree oil. If you know there are a lot of dust mites in your bedding, try adding strong detergent with bleach.
Do not wash your bedding with your clothes to prevent dust mites from transferring to clothes.
The task of washing your bedding should be done every second week to avoid dust mites in the future. In addition, consider covering the mattress with plastic- the material which dust mites cannot live in. And then, synthetic pillows are better than feather and down pillows.
Cleaning Your Floor
Dust mites can find their way into the floor and the most effective way to remove them is to vacuum and clean the floor frequently.
Because dust mites are airborne participles, which are very small and lightweight, only vacuum cleaner with a high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA filter) can suck these in. A stronger HEPA filter can even pick up the eggs of dust mites.
You have to vacuum the entire surface of your house’s floor. Try to reach to the highest and farthest corners. After that, you can deep clean the surface of the carpet with anti-dust mite chemical to kill off the remaining in the carpet.
Make vacuuming and clean the floor weekly to ensure your house is free of dust mites all the time.
Remember to clean the filter frequently and dump the dirt bag once in a few months to put the dust mites out of your house completely.
Steam Cleaning Items
You should use a steam cleaner to clean some items in your house such as the curtains, cushions, and other things that you cannot wash.
As I mention above, dust mites can withstand the heat very well and with the steam coming from the steam cleaning, it will help to kill off dust mites.
Alternatively, you can use vapor steamer to clean surfaces such as mattress, carpets, and couches as well. This method seems to be better than steam cleaning when it comes to deep clean the surfaces I have just mentioned. The reason is vapor steaming does not bring much water as steaming cleaning, hence making the surface less moist when you finish.
Washing Stuffed Toys
There are two methods you could use to wash dust mites off the stuffed toys in your house.
First, you can wash them like the way you wash your clothes- wash in hot water, dry in hot dryer, and air dry in a sunny place if it is possible. Remember to check if a specific stuffed toy you are going to clean is washable or not in the washing machine.
In case this stuffed toy cannot be washed in this first method, you can try freezing it. Just bag it in a plastic bag and place the toy in the freezer for about 24 to 48 hours. After that, you can defreeze the toys under the sun to further kill off dust mites.
Using A Dehumidifier
Dust mites prefer living in a condition with high level of humidity. Therefore, to prevent them from developing and growing, you should consider using a dehumidifier to reduce the level of humidity in your house, especially when the area you live in is very damp.
When using a dehumidifier, you can manually set the level of humidity you prefer. I suggest you set it at about 30 to 40 percent. At this level of humidity, dust mites will struggle to live and spread.
Having a dehumidifier to control the level of dampness in your house can bring many other benefits. For examples preventing mold and mildew. Therefore, it is a wise choice if you invest in a high-quality dehumidifier.
Taking Care Of Your Pet
Once a day, you should take your pet out to brush his hair. This is to get rid of pet dander, one of the main sources of food for dust mites. You also need to vacuum the area around your pet’s bedding. Clean the bedding itself to remove all remaining pet hair and dander.
Finally, you should keep your pet away from your bedroom.
Getting Rid Of Old Items
There are some items, which you have been using for a long time. No matter how frequently you wash and how much care you put into. They will have dust mites build up and grow over time.
Thus, after a certain amount of time in use, you need to get rid of these items to get rid of dust mites completely.
For example, you need to throw away your pillows after you have been using for 2 to 3 years. You should also change your carpets after some years of using as well.
There are other options you should consider changing. For examples stop using curtains and replacing them with blinds, changing fabric cushions into plastic or leather options.
Seeking For Help From Experts
You can search for trusted experts on how to get rid of dust mites from your house. You can ask your friends or look up on the Internet. They can use specific chemicals and other means such as lights to kill dust mites.
It is better to have an expert to come and clean your house to get rid of dust mites completely. You should have your house checked by an expert once a year or so. He will help you to clean the house properly out of dust mites and other problems such as mold and mildew.
Here are some of the most effective and easy ways you can do to remove dust mites from your house. I hope that when you apply these methods, you would successfully get rid of dust mites out of your house. Maintain a living condition with lower level of dust mites’ population or having none at all will ensure the health and wellbeing of all members in your family.