Red alert! Dust mites are likely lurking in your home, according to a new Dyson Dust Report. By Dawn Chen
Dust and allergens lurk in every home. Photo: 123RF.com/Ulrike Schanz
Recently, Dyson released the findings of their Dyson Dust Report – a small-scaled study conducted with data from 27 homes in Singapore. Dyson took dust samples of flooring, mattresses, shelves, skirting boards, wardrobes and TV screens from homes and sent the samples for testing at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The findings were surprising and… pretty gross. Read on for some key insights.
All the dust samples contained allergens
No one’s home was spared. All 27 dust samples contained “detectable levels of allergens”. These were a mix of dust mite, dog, cat, cockroach and mouse allergens. Get an air purifier that has a HEPA filter to capture 99.95 per cent of airborne nano particles so you’ll be breathing in cleaner air. Try the Dyson Pure Cool ($999, leading electrical retailers).
Many people are allergic to dust mite poop
In general, most people are not allergic to dust mites themselves, but to their droppings. Dust mite waste droppings are high in an allergenic protein that tends to trigger reactions like sneezing or skin irritations in people. Each dust mite produces about 20 waste droppings a day, and these droppings can continue to cause an allergic reaction even after the dust mite has died.
We’re probably feeding the dust mites
On average, humans shed 28g of skin flakes every single month. These skin flakes are a rich source of food for dust mites, especially when they accumulate (under the bed, for example). Vacuum frequently to remove dust and dirt particles. Use the Dyson V6 Fluffy ($1049, leading electrical retailers) which has a soft roller head to remove a mix of pet hair, dirt and dust effectively.
Your mattress is dust mite haven
According to the Dyson report, the highest concentrations of all allergens were from dust mites, and these were most frequently found in mattresses. Combat the amount of dust mites in your bedding by washing all your sheets once a week. You can also invest in a targeted dust mite cleaner like the Dyson V6 Mattress ($499, leading electrical retailers), a mini motorised tool that helps to capture dust mites and dust mite droppings that have been embedded in your mattress.
We’ve got mould growing at home too
Aspergillus Niger, a fungus species, was also found in 80 per cent of all the homes surveyed. As the spore size of certain strains of aspergillus niger are very tiny, they can penetrate deep into the respiratory tract and cause lung infections.