Exposure to dust mites can stir up chronic conditions, including allergies and asthma. Use these tips to keep your exposure to dust mites at a minimum:
- Reduce humidity — Dust mites thrive in high humidity. Keep your home humidity between 30 and 50 percent using a well-maintained dehumidifier or central air conditioning.
- Cover mattresses and pillows — Dustproof or allergen-blocking covers are available to enclose the parts of your bed that can't easily be washed.
- Wash bedding often — Wash your sheets and blankets each week, preferably in hot water. Cold or warm water, in combination with detergent and bleach, also can kill dust mites.
- Vacuum often — Vacuum carpets and fabric-covered furniture weekly. Consider using a vacuum cleaner with a highefficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which may capture larger airborne particles, such as dust.
- Don't clean with dry tools — Use a damp mop or cloth instead of a broom or dry cloth to reduce the amount of dust stirred up.
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