Dust Mites

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Did you know that the #1 cause of asthma among children is dust mites? Believe it or not, it is totally true. They are undeniably today’s leading cause of children’s asthma. Did you know the main culprit of dust mites in your child’s room is stuffed animals? These fluffy toys tend to attract dust mites and may make it harder for your little one to breathe. Here are a few tips to help you reduce the amount of dust buildup on your child’s favorite stuffed animals so he or she can maybe breathe a little better.

Vacuum Them Away

The easiest way to keep dust mites from attacking your kid’s stuffed animals is to vacuum on a regular basis. Make sure that you thoroughly vacuum the floors and baseboards in your child’s bedroom and playroom as well as his or her stuffed animals themselves. The less dust, the better. Using a great furnace air filter is also a good idea to control dust and ultimately dust mites.

Put The Stuffed Animals In The Dryer

Simply tossing your child’s stuffed animals into the dryer can also help reduce static while eliminating dust mites. It’s recommended you put the stuffed animals in the dryer for a few minutes on an “air-fluff” or no-heat setting in order to prevent plastic bits from melting.

Spot Cleaning Stuffed Animals

For a quick fix, you should just spot clean the stuffed animals with a damp microfiber cloth. If the stuffed animal could use a little deodorizing, you can add a bit of laundry detergent or baking soda to the cloth.

Freeze Them

If you feel that your child’s stuffed animals could use a little added cleaning after the dry cycle, you may want to consider placing them in the freezer. This is because freezing can help get rid of those pesky dust mites that are left behind.

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