How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites

Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night because of the bite marks all over your body? Did you try changing your bed linen but still to no avail? We listed down the most effective ways on getting rid of dust mites that will probably change your sleep forever!

What are Dust Mites?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one of the most common triggers of allergies and asthma attacks at home is the dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs that commonly lives on house dust. They are close relatives of ticks and spiders and cannot easily be seen by the naked eye. Dust mites fed on the shredded skin by the people and thrive on warm environment. This makes the bed or your mattress the ideal place for the dust mites to hide.

Dust mite allergy is a common problem of people with sensitive body. Symptoms of dust mite allergy include sneezing, runny nose, wheezing cough, red eyes, and even difficulty of breathing. These are common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.  Most often than not, the allergic reaction caused by dust mites can be reversed by your anti-allergy medications but if it persists, you may need to visit the doctor immediately.  

Ways to get rid of Dust Mites

Lower the Temperature and Humidity

Dust mites thrive on a warm and moist environment. Dust mites like it when the humidity of the room/house is greater than 50%. If it’s less than 50 percent, they may have a hard time living in the comfort of your home. The ideal room temperature is between 65 to 72 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to keep the humidity of your home low. You might want to consider buying a dehumidifier if necessary, to further decrease the humidity of your home.  

On days when the weather is dry, you may open your windows to allow good ventilation of your room. Aside from keeping your room smell fresh, opening your window also helps in reducing the humidity of your room.

Cleaning is your Best friend

As much as you love or hate cleaning, this might be your best friend when it comes to stopping the dust mites from thriving at your home. Cleaning your house thoroughly and dusting the areas that are often exposed at least 1-2x weekly will help in eradicating your enemies. You might also consider using a damp cloth to avoid spreading the dust mites in the air when you are dusting. Make sure to wash the cloth at high temperature or dispose it after use.

Hot Temperature is Recommended

As dust mites cannot survive in temperature more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to wash your beddings at high temperature. This will ensure that the dust mites that might be present on your cushions, linens or rugs will be eliminated and washed away by the heat of the water. Also, adding a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the wash will help remove at least 99% of the dust mites that are present in the beddings.

Freeze Them!

Some fabrics cannot be washed on high temperature like silk or stuffed toys. But this should not hinder you from eliminating the dust mites that are thriving in them. If these items can fit in your freezing, you might want to try this hack. Place the items on a container or a zip lock and freeze them for a day. Dust mites doesn’t love an extremely high temperature. The freezing temperature is enough to kill each one of them. After freezing it, use a vacuum and thoroughly clean each item to remove what’s left on them. If possible, you can still wash them in low temperature.

Diatomaceous Earth can do Wonders

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that can easily be crumbled to a fine white sand. It is often used as a pesticide as it absorbs the oils and fats from the cuticle of an insect’s exoskeleton causing them to die. It also has sharp edges which are abrasive and is not harmful for humans but deadly for insects – such as the dust mites!

You may sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth powder on carpet rugs, mattresses, beddings and sofa to better eliminate these unwanted visitors. Leave it for a few hours or better, overnight before cleaning it up using a vacuum. You can use it as often as you want.

Keep your Houseplants to a Minimum

Having houseplants does not only make your house feel and smell fresh but also keeps the air clean. Not all houseplants are recommended because some can trigger allergic reactions. You might want to consider on investing on air-purifying plants such as Peace Lilies, Golden Pothos, Philodendron, and Dracaena. Fun Fact: It can also help you have a better sleep at night!

Essential Oils

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that captures the plants scent and flavor. It is more commonly used as an aromatherapy treatment either via inhaling them or applying it on your skin.  These essential oils have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which can be used in eliminating dust mites. Make your own mite spray by using tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil and mix it with water. Spray them on areas where dust mites hide. The smell is not only refreshing but is also relaxing for the body.

Vacuum!!

Vacuuming is more important than you think it is. It is a great way of reducing the dust mites and also makes it easier for you to clean the house. Here are some tricks that can make cleaning with a vacuum easier:

  • Choose a vacuum cleaner that has HEPA filter to decrease the dust emission from it.
  • Vacuum at least 2x a week and thoroughly clean areas where dust often accumulates such as under the bed or near the door.
  • Wear a mask when cleaning to avoid inhaling the dust that was dispersed. If you are allergic to dust, hire someone who does not have allergies.
  • Wet vacuuming or steaming is effective in removing mites and their dropping on rugs and carpets.

House Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Cleaning may be the hardest house chore ever, but it is also the most fulfilling one. It may seem as a fairly self-explanatory task but there are a lot of tips and trick to make cleaning easier! We’ve listed down a few that we think will be useful in doing so.

Time-Saving Tips

Can somebody tell me why there isn’t an actual guide for cleaning? Cleaning the house takes a lot of time if you don’t know where to start. Knowing where to start and what to clean will lessen your time doing the task and more time for other things that needs prioritization too.

Toothbrush cleaning keyboard

1. Cut the Clutter

Before starting anywhere, make sure to de-clutter all the scattered mess around you. Reorganize your things especially on your desk or the kitchen. This not only make your room organized but it also helps decreasing the cleaning process.

2. A Toothbrush can make a change

We all know that the toothbrush is used for brushing, but did you also know that it is an effective cleaning tool? Its brush helps reach areas that can’t be cleaned by the vacuum or any sponge or cloth. It is not only handy but also inexpensive (saving you lots of money!).

3. Microfiber Cloths

Maybe one of the best inventions ever made is the Microfiber. It is easy to clean, absorbs water fast and dries surfaces faster. It lessens the rinsing time of the cloth meaning more surfaces can be cleaned!

4. Start with the Cleanest, End with the Dirtiest

Start cleaning the “cleanest” or most organized room in your house. It is imperative to start at the cleanest area to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria all-over your home. Imagine cleaning your bathroom first then your bedroom after. You are spreading germs all over your house! This is not only a dirty way of cleaning but it can also be a source of disease in your family.

5. Clean the Drapes

Oh, but not the way you’re thinking. You don’t need to put it on the laundry. Every heard of vacuuming the drapes. It takes much less time cleaning it and far easier to vacuum the dusts that is sticking on the drapes.

6. Vacuum, then Mop

Sweeping the floor is quite the traditional way of cleaning one’s home but maybe people needs an upgrade. Just like how sweeping works, vacuuming also does the job pretty well. Don’t forget to mop after!

7. Don’t Forget to Turn-off the Electronics

Some people just clean without really think whether or not their electronics are plugged or unplugged. Cleaning your TV or any devices while its powered on or plugged may put you at risk of being electrocuted and at the same time might cause damage to your devices.

8. Read the Tags

I believe everyone is guilty of not reading the labels off the clothes and sheets. Did you know that the tags on the bottom of the fitted sheet is a guide to know what size the sheet is? If it’s on the left, it’s a king-size sheet and on the right, it’s a queen size sheet. Also, the tags show exactly the way on how and how-not-to clean it.

9. New House Smell

Who doesn’t love the smell of a clean, fresh, new house? It makes you want to move from one house to another. Adding a few drops of essential oils on your organic cleaning solution is a great way of starting your cleaning. It does not only make you feel relaxed but also eases your mind and heart.

10. Always remember the Showerhead

This is one of the items that isn’t usually cleaned. The showerhead builds-up residue and is quite hard to remove. You need a cleaner that you can leave overnight to dissolve the dirt. Don’t forget to rinse it in the morning!

Smart Cleaning Tricks

ice cubes to deodorize garbage disposal

Ice cubes to Deodorize a Garbage Disposal

Got a stinky garbage disposal? Get rid of its unruly smell by dropping lots of ice cubes made of vinegar down the disposal. The vinegar’s acidity help remove the smell and also clean your disposal. Don’t forget to flush it with cold water after to rinse all the residues.

Use Aluminum Foil to Scrub Off Pans

Do you love baking but never the cleaning part? The aluminum foil is an effective scrub to remove remnants of your baking on a pan. Don’t forget to add a few drops of dishwashing liquid!

Baking soda does Wonders

It’s no secret that baking soda has a way of making everything sparkling and clean. There are many baking soda recipes and the most popular one is the baking soda and vinegar mixture. This is most effective in cleaning the kitchen sink, drain and even pots and pans.

Pillowcase for the Ceiling Fan

Cleaning a ceiling fan is not only messy but is also quite dangerous. Its blades can cut your hand. Using a pillowcase is the best way to clean it. Just slide it over the blade and slowly pull it back removing the dirt from the fan while protecting your hands.

Rice for your Coffee Grinder

Rice is not only good for eating but also for making your coffee grinder squeaky clean. Just toss some rice grains on the coffee grinder, let it stay for a while to remove the odour then wipe it clean.

Rubber Glove is your Protection

Rubber gloves are often used as a protecting when cleaning. But did you know that it works wonders on your pet’s furs. The hair and furs that is scattered on your sofa will automatically cling to the rubber glove like a magnet. Saves you a lot of time!

Coffee filter to Dust

The dust on your flat screen TV can easily be removed by using a coffee filter. Unlike cloths, the coffee filter it leaves your screen lint-free.

Lemon Juice is the Best!

Lemon juice is a popular fruit that has a lot of health benefits. It has antioxidants that helps remove all the toxins in your body. Aside from that, lemon juice is also an effective cleaning agent. It helps remove stains and deodorizes surfaces. Giving you that lemon fresh scent.

Dirtiest Places At Home

Our home is the comfiest place on earth! This is where we spend almost all our day at – aside from work. As much as we love our home, it may not be as clean as we think. We listed down the top places at home that needs a little bit of love and more cleaning.

Dirtiest Spots

Those that made it to the list might surprise you! Majority are commonly used items and are often touched by you and your family while some just really love being dirty. Get to know them well:

a dirty sink

The Kitchen

According to the National Sanitation Foundation, food preparation or storage areas has the greatest number of bacteria and has probable fecal contamination apart from other areas at home. The most popular ones are the sponges used in cleaning the dishes and rags to wipe away surfaces. They were found to have Salmonella and E.Coli . These bacteria cause loose bowels and diarrhea.

Kitchen items such as cutting boards, kitchen sink and countertops, refrigerator and even coffee maker should be cleaned often as they are highly exposed to dirt and possible contamination.

The Bathroom

This place surely is a part of the dirtiest part at home because this is the area where you clean and scrub off all the dirt on your body. Aside from that, the moisture caused by the hot shower and use of water is a good medium for the bacteria to stay and multiply. Areas such as the shower tub, drains, faucets, floor, bath towel, and toothbrush should be paid extra attention because these are the areas that the germs love to stay at.

The Living Room

Things such as remote controls, computer keyboards, cellphones and tablets are the ones you often share with family members and guests at home. Common pathogens that is found on these items are yeast and staphylococcus.

The Knobs, Handles, Light Switch

These knobs, bathroom light switches, refrigerator handles, stove knobs, microwave handles are considered high-touch surfaces. Recent studies show that these areas might even have more dirt and bacteria than the bathroom doorknob or switches. These areas are often forgotten and not commonly cleaned.

The Makeup Bag

Makeups make you look good, but it is also a good place for the germs and viruses to multiply and stay. If your job requires you to bring your makeup bag outside, it might even be dirtier than you think. It can carry the germs from outside and bring it to your home.

You should also keep in mind the expiration date of your makeup. Some makeup loses its touch as the expiration date nears. Change your makeup once expired or when needed. To prolong your makeup, store it in a clean, dry space and at room temperature.

The Pets

Aside from being your bestfriend, your favorite pet is also loved by the germs and viruses in your home. Every time they go out and play then come back, the bacteria and viruses tag along with them. A study conducted by NSF showed that the feeding bowl of your pet is included in the top 5 things that has a lot of germs at home.

Tips on How to Clean

Cleaning is easy but doing it properly is different. It requires a little bit of research to know which areas to focus on. Knowing these will help you in preventing your family from getting sick. Also, it makes you feel even more comfortable because you are sure that you have a nice and clean environment. Here are some tips on cleaning that you should know:

vinegar, baking soda and a slice of lemon
  • Scrub the sink using a mix of baking soda and vinegar. Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with warm water or vinegar and this will be your cleaning solution. Let it stay for a while before rinsing it to remove stains and disinfect it.
  • Apply a small amount of dishwashing soap on the refrigerator’s door handle to remove the bacteria. Do not use bleach or any harmful chemical as it might get into your food.
  • Remove the faucet filter every few months. Soak it on white vinegar and brush it to remove dirt and stains.
  • To prevent bad odour from your garbage disposal, mix a half cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar then flush it on the drain. Let it stay for a few minutes before pouring hot water to rinse it.
  • Replace your toothbrush often. You may also put it on the dishwasher and sterilize it for about 10 minutes to remove the bacteria.
  • Clean your shower curtain with a mixture of water and vinegar then spray it on the curtain. This helps remove the bacteria and clean the shower curtain.
  • In the living room, use disinfect wipes on the remote control or on every item that may be shared with guests when they visit your home.
  • Clean your pet’s feeding bowl by removing the food and water left on it. Use vinegar to remove the stain the clean it with dishwashing soap.
  • The walls are included in the cleaning too. Wipe off that fine dust on the wall using a soft cloth then gently scrub it off using a cleaner that is safe for your wall.

Try these few tips and let us know if it works for you!