How To Prevent Dust Mites in Mattresses

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Mattress and Dust MitesDust 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.

Dust Mite Mattress CoverHow do I know if I’m allergic?

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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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses!Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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