Saturday, 4 May 2013

Managing Dust Mites - List of Don'ts & No-No

Dust mites are such small microscopic creatures that I know that no amount of cleaning will get rid of them. But there are some avoidance steps we can take to minimize the growth of them. This is especially important if you are allergic to dust mites like I do.

List of Don'ts & No-No
Dust mite allergies -Don't sweep with a broom. It will stir up the dust and the mites.

-No carpets. Dust mites love to hide there. I don't have carpets at home, don't see a need to. I have hard laminate flooring which is also easy to clean.

-No stuff toys. I never encourage my boy to play with them and I don't keep them at home. He has more than enough toys and not having stuff toys is not going to make a big difference.

-Avoid upholstered furnitures, cushions and curtains. I know this is tough. I have cushions and curtains at home. I use the cushions more for back support and I don't hug them. My curtains are washable and I wash them with anti-dust mites detergents. My furniture set is made of wood, hard for the dust mites to hide and easy for me to clean. Leather sofas are a good option as well.

-Don't use humidifier. Dust mites thrive in warm humid places especially when relative humidity exceeds 50%.

I will follow up with another post in future on what I DO to minimize the growth of dust mites.