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How to Kill Dust Mites? It’s a Wash…
On August 21, 2012 @ 1:09 pm In All Articles
Searching for new products at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting exhibit earlier this year, I found numerous products claiming to eliminate dust mites with cold water washing. Since the research gurus have always said it takes at least 130 degree water to do the job, the challenge was on …
What you need to know first is that people are not allergic to dust mites themselves, but to proteins found in their feces (poop) and decaying body parts. So to avoid exposure, you have to remove existing allergens and also eliminate their source – the bug.
I tracked down dust mite experts and reviewed clinical studies, and here’s what I found:
What this tells me is that I don’t really have to obsess over all this. I can take the facts and figure out of a laundry routine that works for me. Mattress and pillow encasings will trap most of the mites and weekly laundering will help with the rest. I’m not about to dry my laundry outside in the pollen-and-polluted air, so any mites that survive the warm water wash with my scent-free detergent will be destroyed in the dryer.
I don’t sleep with my stuffed bear anymore, but if I did, I’d wash him too.
First published in The MA Report , July/August 2012.
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 The MA Report: http://www.aanma.org/publication/ma-report/
 Detergent, Soap and Eczema: How One Mother’s Extreme Home Makeover Made a Difference: http://www.aanma.org/2009/04/detergent-soap-and-eczema/
 The TOXIC Smell of Freshness: http://www.aanma.org/2009/02/the-toxic-smell-of-freshness/
 Whistle While You Work… with nontoxic cleaners: http://www.aanma.org/2010/08/whistle-while-you-work-with-nontoxic-cleaners/
 Sleep Matters: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep With Asthma and Allergies: http://www.aanma.org/2009/02/sleep-matters-getting-a-good-night%e2%80%99s-sleep-with-asthma-and-allergies/
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