Launder Correctly to Reduce Dust Mites
sneezing manWe spend a great deal of time in the bedroom with direct skin contact with bed linens where dust mites thrive. Bedding – sheets, blankets and bed covers – should be washed weekly in hot water (130-140 degrees F.) to kill dust mites. Cold water will not always remove the allergens. Pillows should also be washed frequently and replaced regularly.  Follow the washing instructions on the label.

Towels and Bathmats

Even though the humidity of the bathroom helps reduce dry skin, dust mites can still thrive. Towels and bathmats should be washed in hot water after two or three uses .

Stuffed Toys

If you have a child with allergies, stuffed toys should be washed frequently – especially if the child sleeps with the toy.

Curtains and Household Fabrics

In addition to regular vacuuming and dusting, all fabrics that can be washed should be done frequently including throw rugs and curtains.

Also try to dry all laundry on a clothesline outside in the fresh air and sunshine if you can, rather than in a clothes dryer. This is healthier and saves on your power bills.

Posted by Marian T March 06, 2011 at 11:42 PM under Home Living Tips

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