We need to tackle a sensitive subject here today. It’s about those horrid little dust mites that are living in your home, particularly on and in your pillow which is the perfect spot for them.
Scary thing about them is that they are so tiny that you can’t see them without a microscope. And really, you don’t want to because they are not a pretty sight. Keep reading to find out what you can do about them.
Why these creepy crawlies are in your bed
What we do know for certain is that every home, no matter how hygienic it is, harbours these pests. They thrive in bedding because that is where they find their biggest meals. They live off dead, shed human cells (skin) and the sheddings of man’s best friend (the one who sneaks onto the bed the moment you turn your back).
They love to make their homes in upholstered furnishings, mattresses and rugs but their number 1 accommodation choice is – your pillow. Here’s a truly yucky fact – 10% of the weight of a 2 year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings. And just to think; you put your head on it to rest every night.
Dust mites pose a problem because they excrete enzymes in their faeces, and people can have an allergic reaction to these enzymes. This can cause symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, coughing or watery eyes.
Dust mites do not pose problems to those who are not allergic to them, as dust mites do not bite or burrow into skin. However, if you are hygiene conscious you will find it a good idea anyway to periodically take measures to remove dust mites.
Three effective ways to say goodbye to dust mites living in your pillow
1.Sanitize your pillow
Toss your pillow in the dryer for 15 minutes every day or hang bedding in the sun whenever possible. (Be mindful, though, that outdoor allergens can collect on bedding hung outside.)
2.Lower the humidity in your bedroom
Dust mites require relatively high levels of humidity to survive (around 80% humidity). By running a dehumidifier and taking the humidity down to about 35%, you will make the conditions unfavourable for dust mites to survive.
But remember, perspiration will increase humidity in your bedding.Also, low humidity can be uncomfortable and the expense of constantly running a humidifier.
3.The best option: Bamboo pillow
It is this little known fact that prompted ePromo to launch their new Bamboo pillow. One of the properties of bamboo is that it has natural, aggressive anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Dust mites plain don’t like bamboo fibre and that’s why we love it! Both the cover and the inner of this supremely comfortable pillow are washable so you can make double-sure you’re not sharing your pillow with any unwanted guests. Bonus – this pillow stays cool in the warm weather and cozy warm in winter.