When you’re trying to do everything you can to reduce your exposure to house dust mites, you all know the main danger zone by now. The bed.

Oh, how they love it in there! The heat. The moisture. The dead skin cells! It’s like a bloody carnival down there for them, gorging themselves on dust particles, hooking up with each other.

Er, hello guys. Its supposed to be my bed, that I spent a fortune on and am trying furiously to keep in pristine condition. And yet they treat it like their own personal playground, ruthlessly infesting ever nook and cranny. Every pillow and every sheet.

Well. This week I fought back. Big style.

It’s always quite hard to decide precisely what steps to take. There are a thousand and one different products out there on the market claiming to reduce house dust mite exposure, half of which are probably useless.

But I’ve come to the conclusion, covering your bed and linen is worthwhile.

So I spend an hour or two on Amazon, researching the best products and found a few ‘fully enclosed’ covers.

Fully closed is important because it means minimal dust can escape through open ends. An allergist recently told me that feather pillows are actually the best, not because of the feather stuffing per se, but because of the taped ends.

As they obviously keep the feathers form ewsacping they also stop dust from escaping.

As it happens, I can’t get on with feather pillows at all. So I use ordinary ones, and I’ve got myself two robust, scientifically tested (aparantly) pillow cases.

So my mattress, duvet and all pillows are now encased in an impenetrable barrier, with no dust coming in or out.

I did this a few years ago but, like with everything, you fall out of the habit. Zips got broken. Things got torn. So I just left it.

But I’m now fully kitted out again, ready to continue my battle with house dust mites.

It never ends, of course, but I can only sit back and admire what I’ve created. Hopefully it does the trick.