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How-To: Say Goodbye to Dust Mites

If you have allergies or asthma, chances are you're also sensitive to dust mites. While you can't see these icky, little bugs (they're microscopic), that doesn't mean they're not lurking in your home. Dust mites love to hang out in warm and cozy spots such as carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and beds.

Don't worry though: there are plenty of ways you can combat the presence of dust mites in your home. For one, you can start by not making your bed. Since dust mites need humidity levels above 50 percent in order to survive, an unmade bed is too dry for the critters to survive in.

Want more tips for decimating your home's dust mite population? Then


  • If you live in a hot and humid climate, invest in a dehumidifier. Since dust mites, as I mentioned earlier, need humidity levels above 50 percent, a dehumidifer can suck moisture out of closets, carpets, and other damp spaces, thus reducing dust mites.
  • Wash bedding in hot water, and dry on high to kill dust mites. Alternately, hang your bedding to dry in the sun to zap the bugs.
  • Vacuum regularly, and thoroughly, with a HEPA filter vacuum.
  • Use a HEPA air purifier to eliminate indoor airborne allergens.
  • Do you have kids? Replace their nonwashable stuffed animals with hypoallergenic, washable toys.

Also, check out these products to help you out with your dust mite fight!

Source: Flickr User stacy michelle

Join The Conversation
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 8 years
i have those protective pillow cases, and never make my bed, but still i always wake up in the morning with my eyes swollen and very sneezy. i also have an air filter but definitely need to change the filter... maybe they're just out to get me. :(
sarabel sarabel 8 years
i have serious allergies to dust mites. the best thing i've done is put protective covers on my pillows and mattresses. night and day difference. thanks for the additional tips.
esmerb esmerb 8 years
WOW! Don't know if I could do this. I make my bed during the week but don't on the wkends so maybe that is good enough...
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