How can I get rid of dust mites?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

 Follow these suggestions:

  • Zip your mattresses and pillows into dust-mite covers. Similar to regular bedding covers but less permeable, these seal dust mites in so they suffocate and are kept clear of your space. Two things to look for when you shop: pores that are under 10 microns in size (to keep the buggers locked in) and fabric that is 100 percent cotton, if possible, so it's breathable and cool.
  • Wash bedding in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • For items that can't be covered or easily cleaned, such as upholstery or curtains, sprinkle or spray on a tannic-acid solution (found at allergy-control retailers) that neutralizes the proteins caused by dust mites and pet dander, so they won't trigger an allergic reaction.

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