Dust mites – close relatives of mites and spiders – are tiny creatures that live under the mattress of your bed. They are so small that they can only be seen through a microscope.
According to American Lung Association – The leading health organization for improving health and preventing lung disease, the size of dust mites is only about 1/4 mm. They live by eating dead skin cells from our bodies.
The microscopic dust mites can only be seen through a microscope. (Illustration)
The consequences of dust mites can be more serious than you think. The mildest case is a runny nose, tears or sneezing. If the condition persists it can lead to chronic illness such as persistent sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose, pressure on the face, flare-ups of eczema or a severe asthma attack.
The number is “as large as the Yuan army”, completely destroying the dust mite is almost impossible. However, families can minimize the impact of dust mites to sleep peacefully every night by properly cleaning pillows and blankets.
Thousands of dust mites eat the skin of the user’s mattress under the microscope. (Video Vnexpress)
“Golden cycle” to replace
Even during sleep, the human body still sweats, whether it’s winter or summer. Perspiration penetrates into the bedding, which over a long period of time will cause the production of bacteria, germs and certainly indispensable dust mites.
According to experts, the ideal time to change sheets and pillows is every 2 weeks (applied in winter) and once a week (applied in summer).
Note the “golden cycle” to change new blankets, sheets and pillows to ensure hygiene. (Illustration)
For types of intestines, characterized by thick, long-drying compact structure, the frequency of once a year is reasonable. The simplest way is to bring the intestines of bedding out to dry directly in the sun (note the time to avoid damaging the intestines) to kill bacteria and dangerous pathogens hiding deep inside.
Mattresses should be cleaned about once a month.
Whether made of natural fibers (such as fluff) or synthetic materials (usually polyester), most blankets and pillows are machine washable but should not be washed with everyday clothing.
Fabrics and pillows are structurally different from clothes. Therefore, not all types of laundry detergent or bleach are suitable. Neutral, diluted liquid detergents will help prevent color fading and leave no residue.
Washing mode should be hot water from 60 to 90 degrees C to ensure the removal of all bacteria on the surface. Some special fabrics should choose the dry cleaning mode. Particularly for silk materials, it is preferable to wash by hand, do not use a scrub brush to damage the fabric.
Bedding also need to be washed properly for optimal cleaning. (Illustration)
Before drying, be sure to turn the furniture upside down to avoid discoloration, making blankets, pillows, and mattresses old. Outdoor exposure in direct sunlight should only be about 1 hour and flexibly reverse. This will not affect the washing quality.
For the mattress, it is important to remove the sheets, pillows and move other items on the bed out for convenient cleaning.
Vacuuming helps remove most dust mites and dead skin. As a tip, you can add a few drops of essential oil to baking soda and sprinkle it over the entire surface. After 30 minutes, the above mixture will completely absorb unpleasant odors. Vacuum one more time and dry in a cool and dry place.
Taking care of the smallest things is to protect the health of yourself and your family. With nearly 2 million dust mites hiding in mattresses, regular cleaning will reduce the risk of chronic allergic diseases and end the chain of days of “sleeping” with the same bacteria.
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