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What are some good home remedies for dust mites?

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Good home remedies for dust mites include using allergen-proof bed covers, washing bedding weekly in hot water, lowering the humidity level and buying washable stuffed toys for children. Other solutions include cutting clutter, removing dust mite habitats and regular vacuuming.

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Allergen-proof bed covers are protective covers for pillows and mattress. They have a tightly woven fabric that prevents dust mites, allergens and bacteria from escaping from pillows or mattress. The fabric is machine-washable and easy to clean. Washing bed covers, pillowcases, blankets and sheets weekly in hot water containing eucalyptus essential oil helps remove allergens and prevent dust mite infestation. Putting the bedding in the freezer for 48 hours before washing kills the dust mites.

Regularly vacuuming a home traps dust mites and other allergens, preventing their circulation in the house. Vacuum the carpet, rugs, drapes, upholstery and other soft materials regularly. An oiled or damp mop cleans other house surfaces better than a dry material, preventing dust from settling or becoming airborne.

Keeping a low humidity level in the house reduces the amount of dust mites in a home. An air conditioner or dehumidifier controls moisture levels. One should not make the bed immediately after waking up due to the high humidity and warmth levels, which are perfect conditions for growth of dust mites.

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