As with mould, dust mites can cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to them. But unlike mould, we can't prevent things from getting dusty, and that's where dust mites live. The most common symptoms of a dust mite allergy are respiratory-related, but it can also trigger eczema.
Living with a dust mite allergy
The best an allergic person can do to avoid their allergy symptoms is to remove fabric items that harbour dust mites. This includes stuffed toys, carpets, and fabric couches. Also, use pillow and mattress protectors, and wash all bedding in warm water once a week.
Tips and tricks
Here are some handy tips and tricks you can use to clean dust from places you might forget to check:
Damp cloth for surfaces
Avoid using a duster, as it only displaces the dust. Rather use a damp cloth on flat surfaces and any other items that won't get damaged. This way you can wipe away the dust without filling the air with dust particles.
Pillowcase for fan blades
Can’t seem to reach the top of your fan blades? Place a pillowcase over the blade and pull gently. The dust will accumulate in the pillowcase instead of in the air.
Sticky notes for keyboard
Although great for writing down little reminders here and there, sticky notes are even more practical when trying to clean the hard to reach spots on your keyboard. We all have dust and debris in between our keyboard keys. Fold a sticky note in half with the sticky side outward and get the gross bits out from between your keyboard keys.
Replace your vacuum's filter
Having a dusty vacuum filter can easily spread dust and dirt around while vacuuming. It’s important to replace the vacuum filter regularly, or to wash the filter thoroughly by keeping it under running water and letting it dry completely before using it again. Remember, you use your vacuum nearly every time that you clean, so it’s important to keep it as dust free as possible. If you or someone you live with have a dust mite allergy, it's best to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.