Your matress will double in weight every ten years from dust mites and their droppings…gross, huh?

At Dr. D’Adamo’s blog the other day, Found the following disturbing facts about dust mites, skins cells and your pillow:

“I picked up a few hypoallergenic pillows (the old ones were down) and some new covers. The pillow covers had a few interesting, if unsettling facts included with the label:

  • Your mattress will double in weight every ten years from dust mites and their droppings.
  • 10% of the weight of a two-year-old pillow is composed of dust mites and their droppings.

Household dust, by the way, is a mainly human skin cells that have sloughed off. It is estimated that the entire outer layer of skin is shed every day or two at a rate of 7 million skin flakes per minute. Tests of indoor environmental dust in homes and offices have shown it to be primarily (70-90%) composed of skin flakes.”