Dust Mite Allergies
Dust mite allergies are one of the most common forms of allergies, with studies suggesting that over 80% of asthma and allergy suffers are allergic to the microscopic creatures and their allergens.
The simple fact is even the cleanliest of homes can have hundreds and thousands of them; particularly in Australia where our warm, humid conditions provide the perfect breeding ground. Feeding off dander they thrive where people and pets spend the most time, so your bedding,
carpets and pet areas are hot spots.
Did you know?
The weight of the average mattress doubles after ten years due to dust mite infestation, and the weight of the average pillow increases 10% after one year.
Studies have revealed that dust mites themselves are not the cause of allergic reactions, in fact their droppings and dead body parts are.
When people are "allergic" their immune system reacts in an abnormal way to these specific particles when they come in to contact with or inhale them. In a person with asthma this can cause the airways to narrow, making it more difficult to breathe.
Other common symptoms include:
Itchy eyes and throat – rhinitis
Skin rash – eczema
How can you minimise these pesky critters around your home?
Based on studies by Sydney University, it has been found that eucalyptus oil can kill 99% of dust mites and their reaction causing allergens. From this research Bosisto's have specifically formulated their Dust Mite Wash and Dust Mite Spray to naturally reduce dust mites in your home.
- Regular washing of bed linen, blankets, quilts and bedspreads in a eucalyptus solution will help control dust mite colonies. Add Bosisto's Eucalyptus Dust Mite Wash to the washing machine and soak before washing on a warm cycle.
- If possible expose blankets, quilts, rugs and bedspreads to direct sunlight for several hours each week. Note: A recent study found special allergen bedding covers – DAC covers – were ineffective as a single means of dust mite control.1
- Smaller items and fluffy toys can be put in a plastic bag and frozen for four
hours each fortnight. In between, spray non-machine washable items - including mattresses - with Bosisto's Eucalyptus Spray.
- Dust all surfaces two-three times a week with a damp cloth moistened with Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil or Spray. Avoid chemical cleaning solutions and sprays.
- Make sure rooms are well lit and ventilated.
- For hard floor surfaces (eg. vinyl, cork or wood) mop weekly by adding
a capful of Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil to your mop bucket to clean and leave
the room smelling fresh.
- Clean carpets weekly using a vacuum with a good filter system such as a triple internal, HEPA or replaceable electrostatic filter system; alternatively use one that can be ducted outside.
- Once a month, thoroughly spray Bosisto's Eucalyptus on carpets, curtains,
rugs and soft furnishings – leave to settle for one-two hours then vacuum.