Your Secret Allergy Triggers Revealed
Stuffed anything (even Teddy)
Dust mites living in mattresses, plush toys, and pillows are a huge allergy trigger. Roughly 15% of the population is allergic to these microscopic bugs. Encasing mattresses and pillows with impenetrable covers and cases is a useful stepbut it’s not enough. The mites also love kids’ favorite furry toys.
What to do: Wash, dry, then repeatand use very hot water. “Toys should be washed at 140°, which will ensure that the mites are killed,” Dr. Randolph says. After they’re clean, store them on a shelf, not on the bed. What to do with the nonwashable toys? Every two to three weeks, put them in a plastic bag in the freezer for a couple of hours, which will also kill the mites.