Imagine waking up every morning feeling refreshed with a clear head free of sneezing or wheezing?
Dust mites are microscopic creatures measuring 0.25mm long and their main food source is keratin (human skin scales). They thrive in humid environments as they need to draw moisture from the air to survive - which makes your bed an ideal home.
They multiply very quickly and can colonise a new home within a year as each mite can lay up to 80 eggs within six weeks!
A simple solution to free your bedroom and home of these particles is to fit dust mite proof barrier cases which are robust, zipped covers for your mattress, duvet and pillows.
The Healthy House exclusive range of dust mite proof barrier cases is specially woven so densely that the dust mites and their faeces are unable to break through forming a physical barrier between you and the trigger for dust mite allergy symptoms including asthma or rhinitis (hay fever).
You can choose from Healthy House® Cotton Dust Mite Proof cases which are 100% unbleached natural cotton (ideal if you are also chemically sensitive) or Healthy House®Polyester Dust Mite Proof cases which are soft white microfibre.
These dust mite bed covers are to be zipped up for comprehensive protection of your mattress, duvet and pillows.
Our new natural handmade duvets the Euroquilt European Goose Down Duvets and Euroquilt Duck Feather and Down Duvet are Nomite and Downafresh certified which not only guarantees the cleanliness of the filling but also makes it suitable for anyone with a dust mite allergy.
Once you have chosen your bedding it’s time to start cleaning your bedroom and banishing these creatures forever.
Follow our step-by-step guide
Check the humidity in your home
Dust mites thrive in a warm, moist environment and although they do not drink they absorb moisture from the air. The best way to check your levels is to use a Selina Hygrometer with its precise sensor which measures temperatures from -10°C to 50°C.
Install a dehumidifier
If humidity is above 51% use a dehumidifier to remove the excess water.
The Meaco DD8L Desiccant Dehumidifier can remove up to eight litres of moisture a day (two litre tank capacity) and is one of our quietest models - ideal for a bedroom.
Always use an air purifier
The Radic8 Clean Air 200 Dehumidifier is not only silent (ideal for bedrooms) but can be wall mounted to save space. The unit uses ultraviolet light and titanium dioxide to eliminate dust mites, bacteria, mould, fungi, viruses and harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
You could also choose Winix U Range of air purifiers which also have an almost silent mode and uses PlasmaWave® technology to neutralise airborne pollutants.
Cleanse your room
Spray the HomeCleanse to neutralise the mattress or soft furnishing of dust mites and their droppings. You could also use the AirCleanse to neutralise the air of allergenic particles. Add FabriCleanse to the detergent in your washing machine and this will kill the dust mites on duvet covers and pillow cases.
Vacuum your mattress
Although this is not required when adding a barrier case, you can use our Dust Mite Bed Cleaner which uses UV light to kill bacteria. The strong vibrating flaps which rotate at 2,500 per minute removing dust mites.
Other tips to keep dust mites away
- Ensure you clean your carpets using a vacuum cleaner with a True HEPA filter but wood floors are better.
- Freeze stuffed animal toys in the freezer (in a plastic bag), and shake outside after removing them from the freezer.
- Direct sunlight kills dust mites, so hang bedding in the sun whenever possible.
- Always air your bed every morning and open the window to allow fresh air in.
- Remove as much clutter to make it easier to clean.
- Always put clothes away at night as these can also harbour dust mites.
- Do not dry laundry on radiators as this increases humidity.