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How to Kill Dust Mites in Your Pillow

Posted by John on July 20th, 2008

Dust MiteMost house dust mites have it made. They lounge around in your bed all day, getting fat off your dead skin and reproducing like little dust bunnies. Of course, these microscopic arachnids also go to the bathroom in your bed. Yes, that’s certainly a disgusting thought, but you need to know about this. You see, it’s the fecal matter from dust mites that causes allergies and asthma among sensitive people.

Dust mites are invisible to the human eye, but they’re too heavy to become airborne for long. Their fecal particles, however, are light enough to travel through the air – and into your lungs. (Dust mite allergen can float in the air for up to two hours!) If you don’t take action to kill the dust mites in your pillow, every time you roll over or change positions in bed, a cloud of dust mite allergen forms in front of your face.

Millions of dust mites can live in a single bed. Even if you’re not allergic to dust mites now, you may become allergic with prolonged exposure. The best way to eliminate dust mites from your bed is to cut them off from their food source with allergy bedding.

Dust mite encasings, or dust mite barrier covers, zip around your pillows and mattresses to form barrier that’s impenetrable by dust mites. This barrier not only prevents allergenic clouds from forming in your breathing zone, but it also blocks dust mites from their food. After a short time, the mites begin to die off.

Most dust mite pillow covers are made with polyester or a plastic membrane. Plastic membrane covers are noisy and hot, and many allergy sufferers are sensitive to chemical off-gassing from polyester.

Cotton Fresh pillow coversCottonFresh pillow covers, on the other hand, are free of plastics and chemicals. They’re made from 100% natural cotton with no dyes, bleaches, or chemicals. Because of the tight weave in the fabric, these anti-allergenic pillow covers effectively block dust mites from taking up residence in your pillow.

CottonFresh dust mite encasings are also available for your mattress and duvet, and we recommend that you encase your whole bed if you’re allergic to dust mites.

To further reduce the dust mite population in your bedroom, follow these tips:

  • Wash barrier covers and additional bedding often in hot water.
  • Vacuum your bedroom at least once a week, preferably with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter to trap allergens.
  • If possible, replace carpets with smooth flooring.
  • Reduce clutter and dust-catchers in your bedroom.
  • Monitor your home’s humidity. Keep the relative humidity below 50% to reduce the dust mite population. If you find that you have high humidity levels in your home, a dehumidifier will remove excess water from the air, making your home inhospitable to dust mites.

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