Perhaps your first thought is to try one of the many detergents available today that claim to rid your home of dust mites. The problem is, though, that a lot of chemical detergents are not always as effective as they claim to be. Before you take the chemical approach, why not try some of the more natural methods of dust-mite removal that have proven successful at lowering dust mite numbers? Here are some of those methods:
Lower humidity levels. Dust mites just love a warm, humid environment so, if you are looking to reduce their numbers, try to reduce the humidity. Air conditioners and electric blankets are good ways to do this.
Regular dusting and vacuuming. Always dust before vacuuming and do it using a damp cloth which will help to stop the redistribution of dust from one surface to another. When vacuuming, be sure to include textiles and soft furnishings, as well as the floors. If you can, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter in it as this will prevent dust from entering back into the air.
Wash bedding at a high temperature. Dust mites love bedding but simply washing them will not eliminate them. Washing bedding at a minimum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit will kill them off. You can also place your linens in the dryer on a high temperature for 10 minutes which will also get rid of them.
Air purifiers that have a HEPA filter. Air purifiers are beneficial in homes with allergy sufferers, although they will only reduce dust mite numbers in the air. Because dust mites are not usually airborne, however, you will find this does not eliminate them completely.