Dust mites are a leading cause of allergies. Learn tips to kill and get rid of dust mites in your home.
DIY Maven combines the best tips from Reader's Digest
and Garden and Hearth
and brings us this great list of 10 ways to dust proof your house
. First it's important to treat dust as a health hazard, rather than simply a cosmetic issue. If we're looking at dust accumulation as a aesthetic thing, then it's easier to put off or devalue. If we think about all the ways that dust can affect our health, it's a little harder to ignore. Many people have allergies to dust mites, some don't even know it.
So, what exactly is a dust mite? Well, it is pretty nasty. According to the Ohio State University Net Wellness site
, the dust mite is a microscopic, spider-like creature which is found in homes. It is primarily in carpets, mattresses and upholstered furniture and thrives in humid and warm conditions. The dust mite feeds on shed scales from human skin! The waste products produced by these mites are highly allergenic (able to cause allergic reaction). These waste products continue to cause allergic symptoms even after the mite that produced them has died.
Convinced? That definition alone is enough to motivate me. Getting rid of carpeting seems to be the biggest suggestion. Carpet is prime living space for dust mites. You'll have to be particularly diligent in your cleaning if you have wall to wall carpeting.
If you're not ready to revamp your whole house in fear of the dust mite, then make some small changes in the bedroom. You spend a good chunk of time in bed, and a healthy bedroom will spare you the allergy attacks. Rotating your bedding often, keeping your closet clean and avoiding heavy drapes is a great place to start.
If you've been looking for an excuse to tear out that dated carpeting, now you have one. Call it a health crusade, and pick out some beautiful hardwood!
Have you made changes in your home that eliminated the constant battle against dust? Share them in the comments.