The Asthma Center

Your bedroom

Besides the problems in the bedroom related to dust mites, there are other problems that can arise in the bedroom that can provoke allergic reactions. The following is a list of suggestions on how to avoid allergy problems in the bedroom:

  • Old mattresses and pillows should be replaced with new products. Used ones are usually contaminated with dust mites.
  • Wash all sheets, pillow cases, quilts, comforters and mattress pads weekly in very hot water. Dry thoroughly before using.
  • Cover all mattresses, pillows and anything else not washed regularly in dust mite-proof encasings.
  • Avoid stuffed animals or extra throw pillows on the bed.
  • Avoid excessive moisture in the bedroom. Check the humidity with a relative humidity meter (hygrometer), keeping it below 45. Adjust bedding to avoid excessive sweating.
  • Avoid plants and fish tanks in the bedroom.
  • Pets should not lie on your bed.
  • Clean your closets regularly. Make sure the closets have good ventilation and do not smell of mold or mildew.
  • Wash or dry clean clothing frequently. Infrequently used clothes can be tumbled in a warm or hot dryer from time to time.
  • Service any air conditioner so it is not a source of mold, bacteria, or dust mite contamination.
  • Avoid scents, perfumes, pesticides, strong odors, or other irritants. Avoid using fabric softeners or fragrances in detergents. If wash has too strong a laundry odor, double rinse.
  • Treat the home for cockroaches if present.
  • Remove animals from the home or at least the bedroom.
  • Use a HEPA filter air cleaner in frequently occupied rooms like the bedroom.