Reduce dust mites -- don't make your bed

January 2005
Cabinet Maker;1/21/2005, Issue 5422, p4
Trade Publication
This article reports that scientists in Great Britain have finally found a way of reducing dust mites in beds, an unmade bed. Research by Stephen Pretlove, of Kingston University's School of Architecture found that simply not making a bed allows the moisture level in the mattress and sheets to fail sufficiently for the mites to dehydrate and die. The average British bed contains 1-10 million dust mites, helping to trigger asthma and allergies. About 700 million pound is spent every year treating mite-induced illnesses.


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