Getting rid of dust mite.

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bigstock-Woman-blowing-her-nose-6662837Someone asked me this week how to help them get rid of their rhinitis (ongoing runny nose) and I suggested that a good first start might be to upgrade their spring cleaning to deal with any potential dust mite problems. Here’s how you do it.

1. Open all the windows.

2. Damp dust all surfaces. One way of doing this is to use a spray bottle of water and an e-cloth, which will work on practically all surfaces if you are careful.

3. Change your hoover bag and hoover every inch of your flooring. Ideally you should use a hoover with a HEPA filter, or buy one as an optional extra. This filters the air so any dust mite poo (for that is the main problem) doesn’t recirculate in your house once you have sucked it up.

4. Wash all your bedding at 60C, or if you can’t, air it outside on a sunny day.

5. Thoroughly hoover your mattress. Sometimes you can buy special attachments for this.

6. Wipe your windowframes down with a dilute solution of bleach and water to remove mould spores (another potential culprit).

6. Leave your windows open as long as you can (at least an hour) after that.

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