Housekeeping Tips to Reduce Dust Mite Allergens in the Home

Housekeeping Tips to Reduce Dust Mite Allergens in the Home

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Persons that suffer from allergies and asthma have to be particularly careful when cleaning a home. Almost everyone, however, has suffered symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose, and irritated throat, when cleaning. Here are a few more tips for getting rid of at least some of the dust mite allergens that cause health problems.

-Avoid sweeping floors and spreading dust/dust mites.
-Toss old pillows – including old throw pillows in other rooms – unless the items can be laundered.
-Regularly clean pet bedding. Dust mites thrive on skin cells shed from pets, too.
-Notice the home’s air quality. An air purifier can reduce dust particles.
-Keep other rooms dust free too, such as the kitchen. Dust builds up under the refrigerator and on the back coils. -Check rubber seals for mildew.
-Clean the laundry room machines regularly, inside and out.
-Make sure indoor plants stay free of dust and mold.
-Clean dining room chair cushions frequently.
-Vacuum and clean auto upholstery regularly. Dust collects on auto carpets and fabric seats, triggering the same respiratory problems as dust in the home.
-Invest in an air purifier to help eliminate many home allergens.

Dust mites can be controlled, but not completely eliminated. The attempt to slow dust mite infestation includes such measures as keeping a home dust free and washing bed linens at least once a week. Home residents are advised to regularly clean fabric upholstered furniture, pet bedding, and window treatments, to help control dust mites. Although dust mites do not carry diseases, the insects are still a nuisance and can present respiratory health problems for those persons sensitive to home allergens.