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Simple Steps to Remove Dust Mites

Simple Steps to Remove Dust Mites

Scientists with The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reported that some simple steps can significantly reduce the levels of dust mite allergens in bedrooms.

Dust mites are microscopic and feed on skin and live in bedding, carpets, and other dust traps. Dust mite allergens are proteins found in the mite’s feces.

NIEHS’ Dr. Zeldin said, “Results from an earlier study suggest that over 45 percent of U.S. homes, or approximately 44 million dwellings, have bedding with dust mite allergen concentrations that exceed a level that has been associated with allergic sensitization. We estimated that 22 million homes have bedding with dust mite allergen concentrations at a level that can trigger asthma in susceptible people. So we were eager to test ways to reduce these troublesome substances.”

SIMPLE STEPS

* allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers

* weekly laundering in hot water of other bedding

* very careful vacuuming

* dry steam cleaning of bedroom carpets and upholstery

Note that decreases following dry steam cleaning and vacuuming were the best.
Dry steam cleaning machines have recently become available for home use.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:47AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:09PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

This is useful only for those who are especially sensitive to the allergens or who are germophobic. For the most part, any treatment for dust mites is only temporary.

They live with us (or, rather, we live with them). Unless we suddenly stop shedding skin cells, it's an inevitable commensal relationship.

10:31PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Good advice. Thank you.

11:03AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

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9:25AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

good to know

7:35AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Going to buy Annie's books. Everything she posts on this site is great!
Thank you Annie.

8:22PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks

2:09AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Thank you

5:33AM PDT on May 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:54AM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Effective, maybe, but I don't know if I'd call these steps "simple." The cost of a new mattress, and the disposal of the old one is pretty significant to those of us on budgets.
As for carpets, get rid of them, if the floor below permits (I know, this is also a disposal issue, but they can be cut up and bagged).

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