How to get rid of dust mites
"When dust-mite allergic individuals move to mite-free environments, their asthma, eczema or allergic rhinitis often improves dramatically"
-Sydney Children's Hospital Network
Use dust mite protectors
Using dust mite mattress, pillow and duvet protector prevents dust mites from infiltrating your mattress and bed, thereby establishing a protective barrier between the allergens and you.
Top tip - Freeze dust mites and wash bedding in hot cycle
For a thorough dust mite elimination strategy in your bedding, we recommend in purchasing several sets of bed sheets (bamboo, silk or cotton) and rotating them at least weekly through freezing for 24 hrs (extreme temperatures effectively disrupt and eliminate both mites and their eggs) and washing in at least 54C.
Keep humidity levels low
Use a dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity levels below 50%. Dust mites feed on mould and dust, therefore dehumidifier helps prevent dust mite growth by reducing the humidity levels in the environment, making it less favourable for dust mites to thrive and reproduce. You can also purchase an air quality monitor or hygrometer to help you keep an eye on humidity levels in your home.
Use a HEPA filter air purifier
Remove dust mite allergens from the air by using true HEPA filter air purifier. HEPA filters are designed to trap small particles like dust mites, pollen, and pet dander. Make sure to choose an air purifier that's the right size for your room, and clean or replace the filter regularly.
Use a dust mite vacuum
Water filtration or UV vacuums are the best choice for dust mite allergies, as they employ advanced allergen removal techniques: water filtration traps dust mites and allergens, while UV vacuums use ultraviolet light to neutralise allergenic proteins, enhancing cleaning and reducing allergen exposure for healthier indoor spaces.
Spray to neutralise dust mites
Dust mite spray can effectively reduce dust mite populations and help alleviate dust mite allergies by targeting and neutralising the allergenic particles they produce. Please don't forget to vacuum dust mite particles after neutralising them.
Dust and clean regularly
Dust and mop regularly with a damp microfibre cloth to prevent dust mites from accumulating. Consider using vacuum cleaner with mop functionality to help with collecting dust. Don't overlook hard to reach spots like baseboards and ceiling fans.
Wash your bedding regularly
By having a few bedding sets made from allergy friendly materials that can be washed and frozen regularly, will enable you to control dust mites in your sleeping environment. See our top tip in the first step.
Monitor your air quality
A hygrometer assists in managing dust mite allergies by enabling precise control of indoor humidity levels, which, when kept below 50%, can discourage dust mite proliferation and reduce allergy symptoms.
Use wearable air purifier
Respiray's light-weight, wearable air purifier, Respiray Wear A+, has been scientifically shown to significantly decrease the amount of airborne allergens inhaled by the user.
Our comprehensive guide to get rid of dust mites in every room
Tips on how to get rid of dust mites in every room of your home