It amazes me that there are all these DIY remedies and essential oils for allergies.
These DIY treatments may work well, but I think the mattress and bedding are being overlooked and is the primary source of dust mites allergies.
It is important to keep your home as dust free as possible as dust mites can harbor in household dust too.
Dust mite causes stuffy head, runny eyes, runny nose and many more symptoms. You wake up feeling horrible, and it can take hours to start to feel better and clear your sinuses.
Dust mites love a dark, moist environment. When we shed our skin cells, it supplies the dust mites with an unlimited food source. Animals sleeping with you can double this food.
Every night we can lose up to a pint of moisture. This moisture is absorbed into the cotton setting up this moist and dark environment that they thrive and love. The older the mattress, the more dust mite you have inside of your mattress. At night when you are supposed to be rejuvenating these dust mites come out and crawl all over you. Your ears, nose, eyelashes. If you have allergies to them, you will wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck. Night after night this fight goes on, and you are sleep deprived and not feeling well at all. Children feel even worse.
You can do all the DIY therapies, but if you don’t address the sleeping environment, you will be fighting a losing battle.
GOTS certifies the organic dust mite encasements we carry and made from organic cotton. No chemicals ever touch these encasements. They are so soft, and I have received great reviews from them.
You can read more about these encasements here.
Dust Mite Facts
Dust mites are tiny bugs – not insects per se, but more closely related to spiders and ticks.
Due to their tiny size, these dust mites are not visible to the naked eye. They live in bedding, couches, carpet, stuffed toys and old clothing. Dust mites feed on the dead skin that falls off the bodies of humans and animals and on other organic material found where they live. Dust mites love warm, humid areas filled with dust. Bed pillows, mattresses, carpets, and furniture are great places for them to live. How do dust mites affect people? For most people, while they are disgusting, house dust mites are not harmful. However, the medical significance of house dust mites arises because their microscopic cast skins and feces are a major constituent of house dust that induces allergic reactions in some individuals. For those individuals, inhaling the house dust allergen triggers rhinitis allergic or bronchial asthma. Symptoms are usually respiratory in nature (sneezing, itching, watery eyes, wheezing, etc.) but there are also reports of a red rash on the neck. You can encase your mattress and eliminate them completely.
How To Be Green, LLC offers dust mite relief with our “Third Party Certified”, organic cotton encasements for all mattress sizes, box springs, pillows, and even encasements for your favorite duvet. By encasing your mattress, box spring, pillow and comforter with dust mite proof bedding, you ensure that you are protected from any infestation. Even if your mattress is infested with dust mites, our barrier fabric will seal them off ultimately killing them. *Information provided by Ecolab Pest Elimination and the National Pest Management Association, Inc.
Always remember to buy a zippered cover only. Fitted versions DO NOT protect you from the mite allergens since the mattress is not totally encased. If it doesn’t say then it is usually fitted. Are you a hot sleeper? If yes, look at membrane free cover. Non Membrane fabrics are a more advanced technology in allergy relief bedding. Since there is no membrane separating you from the allergens, the weave of the fabric must be woven in such a way that the pore size or space between the threads is less than 6 microns. This is due to the fact that the smallest allergens have been tested at 10-15 microns. How To Be Green, LLC carries Organic Cotton Dust Mite Covers that have a pore size of less than 4.91. Because there is no membrane, these fabrics tend to have longer lifespans since there is no membrane to deteriorate over time in the wash. Non-membrane fabrics are also much cooler to sleep with and are much less noisy. It is more like putting a thick sheet on your mattress. You can check them out here.
How do I take care of allergy relief bedding? ! Allergy relief bedding does not require any special attention or cleaning agents. Allergy relief bedding can be washed with warm water and dried at a low temperature. All the fabrics can withstand temperatures of up to 250 degrees F at which point you can sterilize the product if desired. We recommend washing your pillow covers at least once each month while your mattress covers need only be washed every three months.
You can’t wash your mattress, but you can wash your barrier covers. Standard sizes for different mattress depths. Comes in all mattress sizes Crib-King ~ Pillow and Duvet.
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