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Dust Mites on Toys

Dust Mites on Toys

Dust mites are microscopic insects that like to live in dust, especially dust found in your carpet or on your bed. They feed on the skin cells shed by people, so your child’s favorite stuffed toy is a prime place for them to hide! These tiny bugs cause allergic reactions in many people, so your child’s favorite teddy bear could be contributing to their allergy issues!   

There are several different ways you can bust those dust mites! You can vacuum the stuffed toys once a week to remove the dust mites. Or, you can wash the stuffed animal in hot water at least once a week to keep the dust mites at bay. If you’re afraid washing the toy regularly will ruin the fur, you can try this strange but effective tip!

Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments. So, one of the best ways to eliminate them is to freeze the toys! Place the toy in a large plastic bag and stick it in the freezer for 24 hours or more. This will kill the dust mites but not ruin the toy! Once you take it out of the freezer, let the toy thaw and toss it into the dryer on low to fluff them back up again!

Give it a try!