Dust mites are microscopic creatures that love to spend time in your mattress. These little creatures love damp areas and human skin, so naturally a mattress is an ideal spot for these little creatures. In addition to dust mites being a bit gross, many people are also allergic. These little creatures are 0.3mm big, so you won’t be able to see them without a magnifying glass.
What are the best ways to get rid of/prevent dust mites in your mattress?
- Don’t make your bed – this recommendation is not mom-approved! A study published that making your bed actually keeps in moisture, making a better environment for dust mites. If you don’t make the bed, the mattress can dry out more easily, and reduce the number of dust mites that live there.
- Use a metal or wood bed frame – dust mites cannot live in wood or metal.
- Wash sheets and bedding with hot water – dust mites cannot survive a wash with hot water, but they may survive a cold-water wash.
- Avoid stuffed animals on your bed – stuffed animals are prime time for dust mites, especially if they’re being dragged around with a baby or toddler. Keep these away from your mattress.
- Clean your mattress regularly – few people even think to clean a mattress, especially if it looks clean, but it’s important to regularly clean it to get rid of as many dust mites as possible. At least a few times a year.
- Get a dust mite cover – plastic covers will make certain that your mattress is not infested.
Naturally being allergic to dust mites will make it even more important that you get rid of them and prevent them from returning. If you have dust mites and are allergic, you may see some of the following symptoms:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose and sneezing
- Sore throat
- Breathing issues and coughing
- Skin issues
- Exacerbated asthma symptoms
Anything else to do?
Don’t freak out. The idea that these little guys are infesting your mattress is a terrible thought for most, but know that they are very common. You should definitely follow the above advice to prevent them for your mattress, but don’t lose sleep over it. If you want to learn about how individual mattress brands fare when it comes to dust mites (and many other characteristics), read our mattress reviews.
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