Goose Down Dust Mites
Goose Down Dust Mites . Probably Not!
- 1 Goose Down Dust Mites . Probably Not!
- 2 Why Goose Down & Dust Mites Clash
- 3 If you are experiencing
- 4 Prevention is Key
- 5 CONTROL DUST AND KEEP GOOSE DOWN DUST MITES AWAY
- 6 Bedding Boost: How to Clean Down or Feather Pillows and Comforters at Home
- 7 How to Use Borax for Mites
- 8 About the Author:
- 9 How To Rescue Your Old Yellowed Pillows
- 10 How To Wash and Whiten Yellowed Pillows
- 11 How to Get Rid of Dust Mites
- 12 Health Risks From Dust Mites
- 13 Best Methods of Dust Mite Control
- 14 How to Kill Dust Mites
- 15 Best Natural Dust Mite Control Methods
- 16 How to Finally Get Rid of All the Dust in Your Home That’s Making You Sick
Avoiding goose down will NOT rid your home of dust mites!
Whether or not you live with the luxury of goose down dust mites will make themselves at home if given the right environment.
Why Goose Down & Dust Mites Clash
Mites do NOT feed on feathers or down .
Unlike polyester feathers and down are breathable and do NOT trap perspiration.
Both Canadian and American Down Association certified goose down have undergone a thorough selection and cleaning process to the point of sterilizing the feathers .
Down proof bedding fabrics are constructed with high thread count fabric to control feather loss and acts as a barrier against dust and mites .
To get a better understanding of what goose allergies are all about go to the the following article.
Not To Be Confused With The Bed Bug
Bed bugs and Dust Mites are often confused, and understandably so, but they are actually very different.
Bed bugs are a 6 legged parasite with antennae — Dust mites have eight legs like spiders and have no antennae. Bed bugs can easily been seen to the naked eye but dust mites are smaller and feed on dead skin rather than blood.
In general most people aren’t bothered by mites but.
If you are experiencing
Watery itchy eyes
Stuffy or runny nose
Your symptoms are worse when in bed or upon waking
You are probably suffering from an allergic reaction to dust mites!
If you are feeling itchy and have actual bug bites, bed bugs might be to blame.
Grab a flash light and turn out the lights
Check behind your head board and the wall
Check base boards behind your bed
Pull back your sheets and check the seams of your mattress
Look in between the mattress and box spring
Even check electrical outlets and telephone jacks
If you find bed bugs or the red blood spots they leave behind consider purchasing a new bed set. Bed bugs breed fast and although easily preventable can be very difficult, if not nearly impossible to eliminate.
Check out this video we found on You Tube of about bed bugs. Yikes!
Prevention is Key
The best thing you can do for your health where your bedding is concerned is to protect it with encasements.
This will keep your bed protected from dust mites because your mattress, pillows, duvets, and feather beds will remain much cleaner.
They will be protected from accidents and spills, your sweat and dead skin will stay away from the actually bedding and are understandably much easier to clean!
CONTROL DUST AND KEEP GOOSE DOWN DUST MITES AWAY
Never eat in bed.
Shower and exfoliate daily before bed.
Cover you mattress and bedding with protective covers. Even the inexpensive vinyl covers will do the trick.
Open windows often to air out rooms.
Control humidity between 40 вЂ“ 50 % with a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
Clean linens weekly at a temperature of more th an 5 5 degrees celcius (130 F) —Dry cleaning will not kill mites.
Sort clutter in the room to make it easy to clean.
Dust and vacuum weekly.
Use blinds instead of drapes for your windows.
Avoid using bed skirts.
Keep stuffed toys to a minimum and off the bed.
Remove carpeting from the bedrooms.
Inspect hotel beds and keep your clothes off the bed & floors.
When returning from travels launder all you clothing.
You can also put your pillows in a plastic bag and freeze them to kill any suspected mites
Bedding Boost: How to Clean Down or Feather Pillows and Comforters at Home
By Rashelle Isip
You’ve been waking up in the morning with itchy, watery eyes and a stuffy nose and have been sneezing more than normal.
You know you’re not allergic to the down or feathers in your pillows and comforters, so what gives?
It may be the dust mites lurking in your bedding.
It’s estimated 20 million Americans suffer from dust mite allergies. Dust mites feed off of dead skin cells, and your comfy bedding is a perfect home for these microscopic organisms. Mites are also known to flourish in warm weather, so the months of July and August are perfect times to clean your down and feather bedding.
The good news is that there’s an easy and cost-effective way to reduce dust mites. You can actually clean down and feather bedding at home! I recently laundered a set of pillows and a comforter using a front-loader washer with great success.
Here’s how I did it and what I learned during the process:
Step 1. Inspect bedding
Remove pillowcases and duvet covering. Take a moment to inspect bedding to make sure seams and stitching are tight and that there no down or feathers are leaking out.
Step 2. Load and balance the washer
Balance your wash load with two pillows. If washing a comforter, make sure it is set in the washer in a balanced fashion. I washed the two pillows first, followed by another washing cycle with just the comforter.
Step 3. Use a minimal amount of detergent
Use a small amount of laundry detergent to prevent over-foaming in the washer.
Step 4. Select the gentle cycle and high heat (for dust mites)
Set your washer to the gentle cycle to prevent ripping of fabric or stitching and to avoid an unbalanced load during the spin cycle. If you have allergies and want to kill dust mites, wash using water hotter than 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not want to set your water heater that high or you are concerned about colored linens fading, you may instead dry your bedding at the hottest dryer setting.
Step 5. Give bedding adequate drying time
Keep in mind that the drying process for bedding (whether air-drying or using a dryer) can take some time. I made use of several very hot summer days and set pillows on a drying rack outside in the sun and hung out the comforter on a clothesline. If you are using a dryer to dry bedding, throw in a couple of clean tennis balls and set the dryer to a low setting for as many drying cycles as you need. (If you did not wash the bedding in hot water and are concerned about dust mites, set the dryer at high heat, but pay attention to any washing instructions on the bedding.)
As bedding dries, you’ll want to regularly break up clumps of feathers and down and fluff bedding to make sure it is properly aerated and can dry properly.
I did notice a musty odor coming from the pillows and comforter directly after washing. Setting the items outside in the sun and letting them dry over a couple of days eliminated the smell. (I suppose the odor is just from wet down and feathers.)
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How to Use Borax for Mites
About the Author:
Stephanie Cai began professionally writing for clients in 2010 and freelance writing in 2008. She is currently a writer for various online publications and is knowledgeable in fields such as health and beauty, fashion, celebrities, films and video games. Cai graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing.
Dust mites are microscopic insects that live and feed on dead skin cells shed from humans and animals. They are generally harmless to people but their fecal matter can cause allergic reactions. Dust mites live in colonies and primarily live in bed mattresses and pillows. They thrive in moist and humid conditions and are eliminated through dehydration or smothering. Borax is a refined compound that is used for cleaning, laundering, or as a pesticide. The refined crystals found in borax will cut the hard exoskeletons of dust mites, causing them to dehydrate. The powder will also suffocate dust mites.
How To Rescue Your Old Yellowed Pillows
Over time, those fluffy new pillows can attract dirt and dust, becoming discolored and unattractive. Don’t toss out those ugly pillows, rescue them instead!
It’s just a reality of life: over time sweat and natural oils from your body will seep into your pillow while you sleep, attracting dust, dirt, and other nasty elements. However, that doesn’t change the fact that discolored and yellowed pillows are not very attractive! A few years ago I was mourning the state of our pillows, and had accepted that I probably needed to go out and buy some new ones. But I thought I may as well see if I could find any info online about washing pillows before I chucked them in the trash.
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During my research, I discovered the following process and decided to give it a try. The results were so impressive that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops! So that’s what I’m doing today; I’m taking to my virtual rooftop to share the secret to saving your dirty, yellowed pillows. I know you’ll be as impressed with the results as I was! 🙂
How To Wash and Whiten Yellowed Pillows
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First, check the tag on your pillow to confirm that it’s washable. Most feather down and synthetic pillows can be safely washed!
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Remove the pillow case and pillow protector, if present.
Step 1 – Hot Water Soak
The first step in the cleaning process is to soak your dirty pillows in hot water. This will give the cleaning ingredients a head-start on dissolving those tough stains! (If you have a top-loading washing machine, you can do the soak right in your washer. For those with front-loading washers, or if your top-loader doesn’t have a soak function, you can do the soak in a separate container or in your bathtub.)
Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil on your stovetop. Stir the laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and borax into the boiling water, and stir until the powdered ingredients dissolve. You could also pour the water into a bucket and then add the dry ingredients, if you don’t want to mix cleaning ingredients inside a cooking pot.
When the dry ingredients have dissolved into the water, pour the water into the washer (or wherever you’re soaking your pillows) along with the bleach. Then let the pillows soak in the water for about 30 minutes. You should also flip the pillows over about half-way through the soak, to make sure that they’re getting fully saturated.
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Step 2 – Machine Wash
Following the soak, run the pillows through a full wash cycle in your washing machine. Select the 2nd rinse option, if possible.
Step 3 – Dry
Finally, all that’s left to do is dry your pillows. If you have down pillows, put them into your dryer on the “fluff” or “air” setting. Synthetic pillows can be dried on low heat. Add a couple of tennis balls or homemade dryer balls to the dryer to help fluff the pillows as they dry.
Our Production Manager Brittany offered to test out this method on a couple of her dirtied pillows. Check out that “before and after!” The pillows went from grungy and grimy to looking brand new, and the difference was even more dramatic in person. Give it a try for yourself, and see what you think!
Does this work for memory foam pillows?
Typically yes, but be sure to check the tags. Memory foam will take much longer to dry, though, so be sure to give it plenty of time in the dryer on a lower heat setting than you might otherwise use. If you want to dry outside, make sure there is a nice breeze to provide plenty of opportunity for the super-dense memory foam to air out.
Is this ok for down feather pillows?
Definitely. Follow the advice above for down feather pillows – be sure to allow plenty of time on a fluff of air setting, but be sure to machine dry since the dryer balls will help keep the feathers from clumping as they dry (believe me, you won’t like the result of wet, clumpy feathers marinating at high temperatures…)
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How to Get Rid of Dust Mites
Updated — July 2, 2019 / Eric Ronning
Dust mites are gross. They’re nasty little jerks. And they’re everywhere. Oh, yeah. You’ve got a ton of ’em crawling all over your body and your clothes at this very moment. You’re probably sitting on a bunch of ’em, too. Scroll on down to view a picture of them, they’re kinda cute in that sinister, “gonna eat your dead flesh” sort of way. Up close, a dust mite looks like a reject from a science fiction/horror flick. Simply too disgusting for film.
Sorry to break it to you, but there’s nothing at all fictional about the house dust mite (HDM). Dust mites are arthropods and members of the class Arachnida. So, as I’m sure you’ve surmised, they’re more closely related to things like spiders and ticks than to insects. House dust mites are microscopic, but when seen under a scope, you will see that they are actually kind of a creamy white to creamy blue color and, as adults, they have the obligatory eight leg thing going on. The male dust mites don’t live very long; two, maybe three weeks if they’re lucky. Females, however, can make it up to about eighty days. In that time, they can lay up to 100 eggs. So you can see the potential for exponential population growth. And I was being serious earlier—dust mites do eat dead flesh. Actually, mostly just dead skin cells and flakes, so it’s not quite as disgusting as I made it sound. Despite what they eat, the main reason people are interested in getting rid of dust mites is that they can trigger allergic reactions. Actually, it’s not the mites themselves; it’s a protein called DER p1 that is found in their remains and, you guessed it, in their poop. So, if you’re sick of inhaling mass quantities of dust mite feces, read on and learn how to get rid of dust mites.
Health Risks From Dust Mites
For most people, dust mites do not pose any threat whatsoever. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Below are a few of the most common maladies caused by dust mites.
- Allergic reactions such as:
- watery eyes
- chest congestion
- skin rash
- Can aggravate eczema symptoms.
- While there is a little controversy on the matter, it is widely accepted that there is a strong link between dust mites and asthma.
Best Methods of Dust Mite Control
Keep bedding clean.
People spend a lot of time in their beds and lose a lot of dead skin while they’re there. If there’s lots of dead skin around, you can bet your tuckus there’s gonna be a lot of dust mites around. The best thing you can do is to rotate your bedding frequently. Do it at least once a week and wash the bedding in hot water. Hot water will kill dust mites. Cold will get some of them and wash away most of the dust mite feces, but many dust mites will live through it. It’s also a good idea to get rid of your feather pillows and comforters and wool blankets. Trade them in for things like Vellux that hold up well to frequent hot water washing. Also, get your pet its own bed. A dust mite is just as happy to eat pet dander as human.
Eliminate dust mites from carpet.
Your carpet is a veritable dust mite magnet. There’s just too many places to hide in there and too many things to cling to and hold onto when the vacuum goes over. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but one of the very best things you can do for yourself to combat your dust mite allergy is to tear out as much carpeting as you can. Switch to flooring that’s easier to clean the dust mites and their feces off of like wood, linoleum, or laminate. If you’re more in love with your carpet than you are with your health, then do what you can to steam clean it on a regular basis. The super hot steam should kill most of the dust mites.
Clean, clean, clean.
Yeah, cleaning sucks (esp. with a vacuum…ba dum psh), but so does wheezing. Start high and work your way down. Wear a dust mask if you have one. Dust walls, fan blades, tops of shelves, tops of picture frames, and anything else that might collect dust. Just make sure you do it with a damp rag. That way things will stick to the rag instead of just getting swished out into the air. Take down and wash your curtains. Vacuum the hell out of all upholstered furniture. Dust off baseboards. Vacuum the floors like there’s no tomorrow, and if you have hard floors, mop. Don’t sweep. Sweeping sends too much crap adrift. This isn’t a one-time deal either. If you have bad dust mite allergies, this should all be done at least once a week to prevent build up that dust mites love (read: how to get rid of dust).
Control dust mites with temperature and humidity.
This is one of the easiest things you can do to help protect yourself from dust mites. Dust mites prefer things to be warm and humid. So start by cooling things down as much as you can stand. Lower the thermostat to below 70 degrees and install some air conditioners. Air conditioners are really good at lowering the humidity levels of a home. So are dehumidifiers. Get a few. Something like the Eva-dry at Amazon may work, but you’ll want to probably get something a bit larger if you’re going whole-home instead of closet or bathroom. You may also want to look into getting a humidity gauge for the house. Ideally, you want a humidity level below 35%.
Evaluate dust collectors.
The more things you have in the house for dust to settle on, the more dust is gonna settle. Simple as that. Books are especially bad. So are magazines. If you’re done reading them, consider getting rid of them. You should also consider getting rid of the drapes and replacing them with blinds or shades. Stuffed toys are bad, too. Get rid of as many as you can. Wash the ones you can’t. It’s often recommended that you freeze the stuffies for at least 48 hours to kill the dust mites. And this works. But it does nothing to get rid of the dust mite feces that are already on there. Also, bathe your pets more often and give them treats with omega fatty acids that help to moisturize their skin. I’m not trying to tell you to get rid of everything you own. I’m just saying you should put some serious thought into the things you own and how badly you want to keep them.
How to Kill Dust Mites
The truth is this: it’s impossible to get rid of dust mites completely. It’s important that you know this. You probably already do. You probably just want to know how to kill dust mites even if you can’t get them all. Well, I can help you with that. The best thing you can do is to follow the advice that I went over in the above section. If you want more than that, well, I do have a few thoughts for you.
One thought is to get yourself a good dust mite mattress. Basically that just means a mattress that is made from latex. Simmons makes them. The Sealy TrueForm Reflection is a good option, and Serta puts out at least one. If you don’t feel like getting a new mattress or can’t afford to do so, dust mite covers will help you out tons. Protect-A-Bed makes dust mite covers for mattresses, box springs, and pillows. You can find a wide variety of Protect-a-bed products at Amazon.
Air cleaners are another good idea. Just make sure when you get one that you can use HEPA filters in it. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. This is really just fancy talk for “traps teeny tiny things like dust mites.” There are many vacuum cleaners that use HEPA filters, too. Get one.
Finally, there are some sprays that you can get to kill dust mites. Look for Steri-Fab or BedLam Insecticide. Both are safe for use indoors and can be sprayed directly on beds and upholstery for killing dust mites.
Best Natural Dust Mite Control Methods
This is a natural, all-organic biodegradable cleaner that works to get rid of dust mites while you clean. It’s an enzyme-based cleaner that is safe for use anywhere, indoors or out. Amazon sells it in concentrate form here.
This plant can be used in several ways to control dust mites. In addition to your cleaning regimen, scatter eucalyptus branches around your home. You can also add about two dozen drops of eucalyptus oil to your wash to kill dust mites in the laundry.
There are several products available that contain tannic acid. This weak acid denatures the protein in dust mite remnants that people are allergic to. One such product is Allersearch ADS Anti-Allergen Dust Removal Spray.
How to Finally Get Rid of All the Dust in Your Home That’s Making You Sick
Home is supposed to be a refuge where you can escape all external irritants, like people who play music on their phones without using earbuds. But if you have a dust allergy, being at home can irritate you, too, resulting in sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, and general misery.
Not-so-fun fact: If you have a dust allergy, that means you’re actually allergic to dust mites, which are microscopic organisms that feed off of house dust and moisture in the air, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dust mites are one of the most common indoor allergens, the organization says, so if you struggle with a dust allergy that has made your home your nemesis, you’re not alone.
It seems like the solution is simple—just clean your place—but how you clean really matters, Maeve O’Connor, M.D., founder and medical director of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Relief in Charlotte, North Carolina, tells SELF. And this is especially important if you have asthma and your allergies can trigger an asthma attack.
Instead of phoning it in, try these cleaning tips if you struggle with a dust allergy.
At least, that’s what the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends for people with indoor allergies. If you can do it more often, that’s even better, Purvi Parikh, M.D., an allergist/immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Network, tells SELF. “It’s best to try to clean at least two times per week if possible,” she says. Don’t look at us like that! We know, it’s easier said than done. Just do what you can.
Using a dry rag isn’t going to do much. “You’re just moving dust around,” Dr. O’Connor says. That’s why she recommends using a moist cloth to help capture dust and the mites that feed on it. There are plenty of dusting sprays out there that you can use, or you can simply sprinkle some water on a cloth, Dr. O’Connor says.
Any vacuuming is better than none at all. But if you really want to take out dust mites, it’s a good idea to get a vacuum with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, the AAAAI says, since it’s good at capturing tiny particles like dust mites. You’ll also want to change your vacuum’s filter regularly, Dr. O’Connor says. Each vacuum is different, so be sure to read the instructions on yours to see how often you should do this.
Carpets can easily house dust mites, so if you have one, you should try to run a vacuum over it weekly if not more often, Dr. Parikh says. If you can help it, it’s best to avoid carpeting altogether, she says. Instead, you can use rugs, which are much easier to wash (more on exactly how to do that in a bit).
The ACAAI recommends wearing an N95 filter mask while you dust, sweep, and vacuum. This face mask creates a physical barrier between your mouth, nose, and contaminants in the environment, the Food and Drug Administration says. It’s also excellent at filtering out minute particles.
If you tend to get itchy skin from dust mites, you might want to take things a step further and wear a shirt with long sleeves, pants, and disposable gloves when you clean, Dr. O’Connor says. Make sure to wash those clothes ASAP afterward, since they can contain dust mites, and toss your gloves after, she says.
Dust and dust mites tend to get airborne when you clean, and it can take more than two hours for them to settle again, the ACAAI says. Translation: Don’t do a deep clean of your bedroom right before you go to sleep unless you like restless nights.
While everything in your house collects dust, try to minimize the extra stuff sitting around that’s basically just waiting to be a dust trap. The AAAAI recommends removing things that are sitting out like knickknacks and books, and storing toys, games, and stuffed animals in plastic bins.
Washing your sheets probably falls pretty low on your to-do list, but it’s super important to do it regularly. “The bedroom is the most important room to keep allergen-free as we all spend most of the night here,” Dr. Parikh says. Dust mites can live, poop, and die in your bedding, leaving behind their gross little carcasses. This trifecta can aggravate your allergies, Dr. O’Connor says.
The AAAAI specifically recommends washing your sheets weekly in hot water (130 degrees and up is best to kill dust mites) and drying them in a hot dryer. This goes for anything else you’re washing to get rid of dust mites, too. It’s best to buy rugs and bedding that can stand up to this kind of cleaning—cold water and air drying aren’t going to cut it. Make sure the clothes you’ll be cleaning in can get washed this way, too.
If you know you won’t be able to wash your comforter and pillows this often, the AAAAI recommends getting allergen-proof covers to help keep dust mites off your bed linens.
If you’re allergic to dust mites, it’s important to tackle upholstery, Dr. O’Connor says, as it can also contain live, dead, and actively pooping dust mites.
You have a few options here. If your cushion covers are cloth and removable, it’s a good idea to wash them just like you do your sheets. If not, use the nozzle attachment on your vacuum to go over the cushions and between the cracks.
Your air conditioning and heating vents regularly filter air throughout your place and capture a bunch of dust and dust mites in the process. If you don’t change them out, they can blow the dust and dust mites right back into the air circulating around your home, Dr. Parikh says.
That’s why the ACAAI recommends changing your filters at least every three months. You can time it with the change in seasons. It’s also a good idea to have your heating and air conditioning units inspected and serviced every six months to make sure they’re doing a good job of filtering your air, the organization says.
You might even be able to upgrade your systems to include what’s known as “high-efficiency media filters,” which can strain out small particles. Talk with an HVAC specialist to see if this is an option.
“If you are extremely sensitive, you may need someone to help you,” Dr. Parikh says. If your budget allows for it, you might benefit from hiring someone to do a solid cleaning of your place monthly, then having a partner or roommate fill in the gaps between. This isn’t license to have them do all the cleaning, but if they can take on the dustiest spots while you do things like stay on dishwasher duty, that could work.
If you don’t want to put that on your partner or roommate, or you live alone, you’re probably going to need to clean the place yourself.
Doing all of this might sound like a total PIA, but it can make a massive difference in your life if you have a dust allergy. “Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely get rid of dust mites, no matter how hard you try, but you can absolutely have fewer symptoms,” Dr. O’Connor says.