Sneezing, watery eyes, post-nasal drip, runny nose, congestion… Does this sound like a commercial for an allergy medication? The truth is, anyone allergic or sensitive to dust or dust mites are familiar with these symptoms. Nothing about allergy season is fun, especially when it affects you year-round. Did you know better laundry practices may help? Rather than managing the symptoms with medications, kill the allergy at its likely source: your bed.

Dust mites are everywhere you are; they live in upholstery, curtains, carpets - including your bed and bedding. Dust mites feed on the flakes of skin from people and pets and can cause allergic reactions to sensitive populations. Dust mites may love your bed, but they hate heat, and saving your sinuses can be as easy as running a load of laundry.

Wash all your sheets, blankets, pillowcases and other bedding in hot water weekly before using the washing machine. If you cannot wash these pieces at a high temperature, you can instead put them in the dryer for a minimum 15-minute cycle. As an added bonus, you'll have the pleasure of climbing into a warm bed with that fresh-laundry feel. Alternatively, leave your bedding to the cleaning professionals. All 21 of our Phoenix-area Tide Cleaners AZ locations can clean your bedding and upholstery.

While sheets and blankets can be thrown into a washing machine or sent to one of our dry cleaner locations, your mattress surely cannot. It is hard (if not impossible) to get rid of the mattress dust mites, unless you have the time and budget to buy a new one every week! A physical barrier may be the next best step you can take to protect your mattress from dust mites. Dust mite mattress covers are available at various price points on Amazon, in your big-box stores or through online retailers. Invest in one, seal out the pests and sleep better at night.

For specific recommendations regarding your individual health needs, please consult your allergist or family physician.