Dust mites can live in carpet, bed clothes, curtains, furniture and any other fabric-covered surface in your home. They also reproduce at a rapid rate. According to the Dust Mites Center, more than 100,000 dust mites can live in a single square yard of carpeting, and, every three weeks, a dust mite can lay 25 eggs. If you want to eliminate dust mites from your home, you can do so without using harsh chemicals.
Things You'll Need
- Washing machine
- Cooking thermometer
- Tannic acid
Dry out the air in your home. Dust mites thrive in humid conditions. Get a hygrometer to measure the humidity in the air in your home, and keep the humidity below 50 percent to kill dust mites by running your air conditioner more or by getting a dehumidifier.
Wash all of the fabrics in your home that you can, such as bed linens, curtains, and furniture slip covers, in your washing machine on the “hot” setting. According to the Dust Mites Center, temperatures below 130 degrees Fahrenheit do not kill dust mites, so check the temperature of the hot water. To check the temperature, run the washing machine on the "hot" cycle, wait for the machine to fill with water, and then open the lid and dip in a cooking thermometer.
Vacuum the mattresses and pillows in your home just as you vacuum the carpet. Another way to keep mattresses and pillows free of dust mites, according to Eartheasy, is to use allergen cases or plastic-lined coverings to prevent mites from settling into the mattresses or pillows.
Sprinkle tannic acid in areas where dust mites cause the most problems, such as beds. The same acid found in tea, wood and berries, tannic acid helps neutralize the allergenic properties of dust mites, according to Eartheasy.
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