Dust Mites

Since we spend a significant amount of time in our bedroom, it is important to keep it a healthy place.


  • Use an effective vacuum such as a central vacuum system or one with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter built in to limit dust from being blown back out. Vacuum the bedroom regularly, at least once a week.
  • Cloth drapes can collect dust and dust mites. Either replace them with blinds or shades, or vacuum or wash them periodically.
  • Bedding such as sheets, pillowcases, blankets and duvet covers, bed skirts, pillows, and mattresses collect dust and dust mites. Wash bedding in hot water at least once a week to kill dust mites.
  • If possible, wash your pillows regularly (check tags for washing instructions) and try to replace pillows every year to limit dust mites.
  • Vacuum your mattresses regularly to reduce dust.
  • Minimize objects that collect dust, such as stuffed toys.
  • Since dust mites love a humid environment, keep the humidity below 50% (humidity can be measured with a hygrometer, an inexpensive device available at hardware stores or electronics stores).
  • If you are allergic to dust mites, encase mattresses and pillows in dust mite resistant covers, available at specialty home health stores, some department stores and online.

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Page Last Updated: 18/06/2018