Dust Mites are invading your home! Okay, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, BUT did you know that these microscopic little terrors thrive of dead skin cells and let's face it... what do you think a good deal of the dust in your home is made of? They are a huge cause of allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing and itching and you thought it was the cat! Poor kitty. Dust mites love to live in your bed and pillows and as they eat, they also poop. They poop and they die. So, bits and pieces of dust mite poop are infesting your bed and sofa…. Right now. Is your skin crawling yet?
According to Wikipedia : “The average life cycle for a male house dust mite is 10 to 19 days. A mated female house dust mite can last up to 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs in the last 5 weeks of her life. In a 10-week life span, a house dust mite will produce approximately 2,000 fecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.”
Why the big deal with having a few million dust mites happily munching away on your dead skin cells? Well, besides the absolute gross factor, it seem that their poop and exoskeleton (body parts) actually cause allergic reactions in susceptible people, especially asthmatics. Think about it: your home could actually be making you sick!
What can I do about controlling dust mites in my home? Simply washing your bedding isn’t enough. Firstly, in order to break down the poop and actually kill the dust mite, you would need to use water temperatures of over 105 degrees and also, you would want to dry the bedding in a very hot dryer.
I have a GREAT cleaning tool that is just so ridiculously easy to use to help combat the dust mite invasion: A Spray Bottle and a few natural ingredients that is.
Directions: Shake Well. This is really inexpensive and allows your home to smell awesome as well so spray the air in your living quarters and especially your bedding and couches etc liberally. Allow to dry. Do this about once a week and you'll be sleeping easy!