Achoo! Are you one of the many South Africans waking up every morning with a stuffy nose and itchy throat? Then you probably suffer from dust mite allergies.

Microscopic dust mites are the primary cause of night time allergies. These critters love lounging in your bed and pillows and feast off your dead skin flakes and pet dander.

Don’t let dust mite allergies interfere with a good night’s sleep.

Take action with these tips to create an allergy-free sleeping environment.

  1. Protect your bed
    Ensure your mattress is covered with a dust-mite-proof mattress protector. Don’t forget to encase all pillows with a dust-mite-proof pillow protector too.
  2. Wash your bedding regularly
    Bed linen needs to be washed regularly on a hot wash. Ensure you wash your mattress and pillow protectors every 6 weeks to remove a build-up of dead skins cells.
  3. Vacuum carpets frequently
    Dust mites love to live in carpets so you need to vacuum them often. Or better yet, replace carpets with hard floors. Serious allergy sufferers should invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  4. Get rid of curtains
    Heavy dry-clean only curtains are a haven for dust mites. Replace these with light weight washable curtains or blinds that can be wiped down.
  5. Declutter Your Bedroom
    Remove unnecessary nick nacks and any clutter that gathers dust.
  6. Make Your Bedroom a Pet-Free Zone
    Ban fluffy friends from your bed. Dust mites also feed off pet dander, so it is best to keep them out of the bedroom altogether.