Mites in the pillow – how do you get rid of them?

What is the idea of sharing your own bed and pillow with millions of small animals? Probably not very pleasant. But the reality is exactly the same.

There are large numbers of mites in the mattress and pillow. It is even said that around 10% of the weight of the pillow consists only of mites and their remains . This makes it clear to you in which large number of mites are represented. Although these animals are so small that you cannot see them, they still pose a threat.

In this guide you will find out why mites feel comfortable in the pillow and how you can get rid of them .

You want to feel good in your own bed and spend the night relaxed. You attach great importance to a hygienic environment and wash the covers regularly. Nevertheless , it can hardly be avoided that mites infest your bed.

While this may be an uncomfortable idea for most people, it is not really dangerous. If you are completely healthy and do not suffer from an allergy, you can share the bed with the mites .

However, the situation is different if you suffer from a house dust allergy. This manifests itself, among other things, in the fact that you have to sneeze in the morning and it is difficult for you to breathe.

It is easy to mistake the symptoms of a house dust allergy for a cold. Therefore, the cause of the mites does not have to be found in every runny nose. If the cold symptoms last longer, it is advisable to see a doctor. This can determine more precisely whether your case is a house dust allergy. Then there is at least a certainty and you can take countermeasures.

This is sorely needed. If you ignore the complaints, not only will your sleep be disturbed. The allergy also puts a strain on your airways. You find it harder to breathe at night and sleep is less restful. However, the long-term consequences are more serious .

If you do not reduce the exposure to the mites, chronic asthma can develop. This leads to reduced breathing function even in everyday life. You may have to give up your sport and change your life.

To prevent this, it is advisable to fight the mites in the pillow as soon as possible. Then the serious consequences do not even occur and you can spend the night calmly again.


Mites can be found in practically every bedroom. It is hardly possible to keep the room so sterile that mites cannot spread there. Once the mites have found their way into the bed, it is very difficult to get rid of them completely.

There is usually a warm and humid climate in bed Especially in summer, when you sweat more, mites get optimal living conditions. They like this moisture and multiply freely.

But you don’t just lose sweat during the night. Even dander fall off of you and collect in the pillow. This is a completely normal process that you cannot prevent.

For mites, the dander turns out to be nutritious. Mites are relatively frugal and the flakes of skin are sufficient as a livelihood.

Thus, the pillow with its higher humidity and direct body contact is a real oasis of well-being for mites . There is hardly a better place for them.


What is positive for the mites is a disadvantage for you as an allergy sufferer. The mites are not directly a problem. Rather, you are allergic to what the mites have left behind. The mite droppings are not only found in the mattress or pillow, but also as a fine layer in the house dust. This is why the term house dust allergy is often used, although normal dust itself is not the cause.

Mites prove to be very resilient animals. They can handle both high and low temperatures well and are adapted to most environments. So you have to do more to reduce the number of mites.


As a basis, so that the mites no longer spread unhindered in the pillow, you should change the sleeping climate so that it is cooler and drier . The temperature in the bedroom should be between 18 and 20 ° C. If the rel. Humidity at the same time in a range of 50%, this inhibits the growth of the mites.

Regular ventilation is necessary to achieve this climate If it is too humid in the bedroom, remove existing plants and hang the laundry somewhere else to dry.


Mites may be very robust, but they also have their weak points. They are sensitive to UV light and even a short exposure to radiation causes the mites to die.

You can take advantage of this by using a special mite vacuum . This combines several functions to remove the mites from the mattress and the pillow. The mites are usually transported upwards from the inside of the pillow by means of vibrations. There the device sucks up the mites. The exposure to UV light kills all mites and disinfects the pillow.

It is important, however, that you only use a designated mite vacuum. An ordinary handheld vacuum cleaner does not have the necessary HEPA filter to keep the mite excrement inside. Using a simple vacuum cleaner would only stir up the mite droppings and make the symptoms worse.

Before you use the mite vacuum, a pretreatment with a mite spray is recommended . This consists of natural substances, which cause the mites to die off. This is just as effective in decimating the mite population in the pillow.


The pillow itself is rarely suitable for washing . Modern memory foam pillows in particular do not belong in the washing machine and must not come into contact with water.

Therefore, you have to attach even more importance to the fact that the covers are cleaned intensively. Mites can survive temperatures of up to 40 ° C in the laundry It is therefore advisable for allergy sufferers to only use covers that can be washed at at least 60 ° C, even better 90 ° C. You can only fight the mites sustainably at these high temperatures.

Another possibility is to use encasings . These are special covers that are impenetrable for the mites and their droppings. The allergens remain trapped inside the pillow and do not penetrate the outside.


If you are one of the victims of a house dust allergy , you have to pay attention to a particularly hygienic sleeping environment. Otherwise, mites will spread unhindered and pose a threat to your health .

Ensure a dry sleeping environment , vacuum the mites and use suitable protective covers. Special allergy-free pillows and mattresses for allergy sufferers also help to reduce the burden.

If you follow these tips, you will clearly notice a positive change . You no longer wake up feeling like you have a cold. It is easier for you to breathe and the danger of asthma is gone.

For your health, it is important that you deal intensively with the mites in the pillow and put a stop to them. Then you will feel a significant improvement in your quality of life.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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