Feeding off dead skin cells that your body naturally sheds, dust mites thrive in your bed, carpets and upholstery. They lay--on average--40 to 80 eggs every week and will quickly infest your home. Dust mites do not carry diseases, bite or burrow under your skin. They can cause allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and respiratory complications. The best way to remove the dust mites from your home is with an all-over cleaning using natural remedies that will not fill your home with dangerous chemicals. Once you have rid your home of dust mites, take the necessary steps to prevent them from reinfestation.
Mix 1 tbsp of eucalyptus oil with 1/4 cup of washing powder. Launder bedding and curtains in the hottest water temperature possible for the fabric with the washing powder. The hot water will kill dust mites while the eucalyptus oil will repel them.
Place pillows and other large porous items used where dust mites might reside that you cannot toss in the washer inside clear plastic bags. Tie the bags close and place outside on a hot day in direct sunlight for several hours. The sunlight will heat the temperature inside the bag and kill the dust mites.
Vacuum your naked mattress thoroughly with your vacuum's upholstery attachment. Flip the mattress over and vacuum the underside of the mattress as well as the box spring. The vacuum will not kill the dust mites; however, it will remove some mites as well as their eggs from the mattress. Discard the contents of the vacuum canister into a garbage bag. Seal the bag and place outside.
Disinfect your home with a hand-held steamer. Run the steamer over mattresses, carpets and upholstery. The heat from the steam will help kill the mites. Let the item dry in sunlight for several hours.
Mix 1 cup of vodka with 35 drops of eucalyptus oil and pour the mixture into a spray body. Liberally apply the mixture to curtains, upholstery, bedding, pillows and carpets and let it air-dry on the surface. Repeat several times a week to help repeal the dust mites.
Wipe shelves, picture frames, fan blades, baseboards and other surfaces that have a tendency to collect dust with a damp cloth. Wipe from the highest item and work your way downward. Repeat every few days.
Vacuum your home--carpets and upholstery--once or twice a week with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.
Lower the humidity level in your home by keeping the temperature below 21.1 degrees C and running a dehumidifier.
Install plastic mattress covers over your mattress. The cover will prevent dust mites from living in your mattress.
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- University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Managing House Dust Mites; Barb Ogg
- ReasersDigest.co.nz: Natural Ways to Banish Household Pests
- University of Illinois: Control Dust, Dust Mites, And Other Allergens
- Earth Easy: Natural Insect Pest Control
- Environmental, Health and Safety Online: Dust Mites: Everything You Might Not Want To Know!