A total of 6 reviews of this product on Reddit.
This is the one I use on all our beds. Never had a complaint! via amazon
Here is an example, which is the product I use: https://www.amazon.com/HOSPITOLOGY-PRODUCTS-Sleep-Defense-System/dp/B01413355S/
The basic premise is that dust mites live in anything with fabrics. The mattress is a giant piece of fabric and this is an ideal place for them to live. The same goes for your pillow, bed sheets, and blanket/comforter. While you can wash your bed sheets and blanket, you cannot as easily wash all pillows nor the mattress. This is where a dust mite cover comes in handy.
The dust mite cover creates a synthetic layer that does not allow them to go in or out of the mattress. Anything inside will die off and anything outside can’t get inside of it and breed. This is why a dust mite cover for your mattress is critical. Getting one for your pillow is also smart. Of course, you can wash the blanket, sheets, and pillow cover every week so that’s not as much of an issue either.
The closet is also a place where dust mites enjoy, so the steps before including keeping it clean/tidy, good airflow, etc. improve that situation.
I would suggest buying a mattress encasement meant for bed bugs. It will prevent any bugs on the mattress from coming out.
I have this one:
HOSPITOLOGY PRODUCTS Zippered Mattress Encasement – Sleep Defense System – Queen – Waterproof – Stretchable – Standard 12″ Depth – 60″ W x 80″ L https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01413355S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_2062H7BHV26YBK3VGYP9
What we got
The Original Sleep Defense System – Waterproof / Bed Bug / Dust Mite Proof – PREMIUM Zippered Mattress Encasement & Hypoallergenic Protector – 60-Inch by 80-Inch, Queen – Standard 12″ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01413355S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_TynwAbWX9Z8YY
Some of the review pictures are scary but I’m betting those people had bugs elsewhere. Encasements DON’T keep bugs from getting to you, just the bugs INSIDE from getting out. Ours has been on for almost 18 months with no issues.
My wife developed an allergy to our cats after we’ve had them for more than 3 years. It was really bad for her for about a year, she had to use an inhaler and take asthma medicine.
I made a lot of changes to our environment and frankly I’m not sure which one actually helped, but these are all the things I had done:
- Mite-proof mattress protector – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01413355S/, plus cats no longer allowed into the bedroom
- HEPA Air purifiers – we have one in each room including living room – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01728NLRG/
- Allerpet Cat Dander Remover – wipe down the cats’ fur once a week – https://www.chewy.com/allerpet-cat-dander-remover/dp/137112
- Allersearch ADMS spray on fabric surfaces like sofa and cat tree – https://www.amazon.com/Allersearch-ADMS-Anti-Allergen-Spray-oz/dp/B0010DLYR4
- Purina LiveClear cat food – https://www.chewy.com/purina-pro-plan-liveclear-probiotic/dp/245355
- Weekly vacuuming of the whole house
Thankfully she doesn’t need medication anymore although still has very mild signs of asthma, and I no longer use the Allersearch spray or Allerpet wipes frequently now, but only do so once every 1-2 months. I hope it’s the cat food doing its job, though I must note that her condition started improving before I switched the cats over to this food.