Battling dust mites may be as simple as washing your sheets

8:42 AM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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By Sara Dayley

St.Louis (KSDK)- According to Yahoo lifestyle most people spend about a third of their life sleeping and the average bed has anywhere from 100,000 to 10-million dust mites living in it.

The harsh reality is that there is only one way to control those pesky little bugs and the solution is pretty simple -wash your sheets.

The part no one wants to admit, is how often do you really wash your sheets? Ideally, your sheets should be washed once a week, but can be washed at least every other week. Anything over a month, can be harmful to your health.

To keep the critters away from your sleep space, wash sheets at minimum, once a week. Water should be between 130-150 degrees fahrenheit, which is typically your hot water cycle. Then, dry them using hot drying cycle which is germicidal and kills a lot of vegetative material. For a little extra protection, bleach is also excellent and the use of cold water non-bleach bleaches also work just as well.

In addition to making sure you have crisp clean sheets, the use of a mattress cover is also highly recommended. Mattresses collect debris by gravity and it's then absorbed into its core.

Human skin cells become food for dust mites and that is one of the biggest problems associated with bedding. Mites accumulate along with their waste and it may become a threat to respiratory tracts. If you have allergies or asthma, this matter can trigger a more drastic reaction. Even if you don't have either of those, you could develop one because you are constantly challenged while sleeping.

Bottom line, a simple wash where you sleep with help you rest with ease, knowing your bed isn't a growing bed bungalow.


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