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.

23 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Stella Gamboni
Stella Gamboni4 years ago

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.

Roger M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Good advice. Thank you.

a             y m.
g d c4 years ago

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J.L. A.
JL A4 years ago

good to know

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago

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Darla G.
Darla G.4 years ago

Thanks

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert OBrien5 years ago

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).