What is dust? No matter who you are and what kind of home you live in, dust is all around you, whether you like it or not. Even if you are a “neat freak” and clean every day, you can’t completely get rid of all dust around your house as it is not always visible to the naked eye. Some dust particles are even in the air that we breathe. So what is dust and what makes some people so sensitive to it? Basically in a normal household, dust is generally made of dead skin cells, food particles, grains of sand, tiny hairs and threads, man-made pollutants, and sometimes even dust mites. We shed dead skin cells constantly, same goes for our pets with their fur shedding. So basically dust is a mix of all of the household inhabitants.
What is a dust mite allergy? If you’re experiencing red, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing or a runny/itchy nose, from being inside your own house, you may be one of the 20 million Americans that suffer from an allergy to dust. It’s not actually the dust itself that causes the allergy, but the tiny little creatures that feed off of it called dust mites. These tiny little creatures, less than a tenth the size of an ant. They live and feed inside the dust under your couch or and in the corners of your house. The waste products of the dust mites are what causes some people to have a sensitivity or allergy.
How do I get rid of dust mites? Dust mites are nearly impossible to get rid of. But if you do suffer from an allergy to them, there are ways to make it harder for them to live inside your home. Dust mites thrive in a warm humid environment. Cleaning often won’t get rid of them completely but will help reduce the amount of dust mites inside your home. Other steps you can take is using a dehumidifier or air conditioner to get the humidity in your house to less than 50%. Wash your bedsheets, blankets, duvet covers and comforters every week. Washing at a temperature higher than 130∞F will help kill off the dust mites. They do make dust proof covers and bedsheets and there are lots of other allergy friendly options out there for people that suffer from a dust allergy.