Dust Mites to the Extreme!
Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
On a daily basis, we are asked questions by allergy sufferers, consumers, and fans of our web site about allergen avoidance and environmental control. We also hear interesting anecdotes about the remedies that work for some people. Some of these allergy sufferers are in such distress, because of their allergy symptoms, that they go to extreme measures to feel good and to breathe better.

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail received by one of our staff that gives some advice on using the cold winter temperatures to control dust mites. Positive results can be obtained from freezing items that cannot be washed. The text is a little long, but it could be very beneficial for someone suffering every night with allergy symptoms:

“I enjoyed reading your web site describing products to try and control Dust Mites. The site suggests you can kill Dust Mites by placing stuffed toys and other items in the freezer over night. In the next sentence, it says that beds are too large. Obviously that is very true, but here in Canada, I've had amazing success by placing the queen size mattress out on the deck or apartment balcony when temperatures are far below freezing. Much of Northeast United States is cold enough and in the Mountain, Prairie States conditions are perfect to do this during the cold winter months.

I slide and carry the mattress to the balcony (deck) and leave it laying on its edge outside. After 3-4 hours, using a plastic baseball bat to loosen the Dust Mite colonies, I swat it quite a few times on both sides. The first time I did that to a very good mattress the white powder flying in the cold wind was astonishing. Then if there is room, I lay it flat or even vacuum it while outside with the beater bar attachment on 1 side then flip it over to do the other side. I leave the mattress out for another hour and bring it inside.

While the mattress was outside, I washed the bedding and the pillows—two at a time to balance the washer during the spin cycle. Using cold water and a little bleach, I'm quite sure the Dust Mites couldn't survive the bleach and laundry soap together. I have a clothes line and hang the sheets, mattress cover, pillow covers, and bed spread out on a sunny, windy cold day to dry them almost completely. Then, I put them into the drier for a few minutes to dry and warm them, too.

The difference is astonishing. I used to get rushed to the emergency room either by my wife or by ambulance (twice!) as I woke up gasping from an asthma attack. I went to bed feeling fine. Sometimes, I was using my rescue inhaler too often after going to bed. Yes, the room was spotless and so was the house actually. After freezing the Dust Mites my breathing was so much better. No comparison.

Please, tell young parents this trick. Their mattresses spread the Dust Mite protein throughout the house as soon as the furnace comes on in the winter. Place mattress outside and the difference is astonishing. Also, this method gets rid of cold germs, skin conditions like eczema, and improves air quality in the home as well.”

Please check out the links in this article for more information on our web site about dust mites and dust mite control. To some readers, this story might seem ridiculous, but it illustrates how crippling allergy sympstoms can be and the measures that people have to take to breathe better and have a better quality of life.

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