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Observation

The pillow case that was washed in hot water and dried under the hot sun had the least number of dust mites. The pillow case that was dried in the sun without first being washed had the highest number of remaining dust mites.

Condition

Number of dust mites before and after washing and/or drying condition

Sun only

Hot water sun

Hot water dryer

Cold water sun

Cold eater dryer

Before

35

42

48

37

41

After

23

4

7

11

13

% reduction

34.3%

90.5%

85.4%

70.3%

68.3%

The chart below represents the results of our science project

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Complexity level:
5
Project cost ($):
5
Time required:
2 hours to prepare, 2 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None