Inside: Dealing with dust mites? Get rid of the dust mites and keep them gone with this DIY mattress spray. Use essential oils to get rid of dust mites naturally.
Anyone else hate the idea of bugs and mites in your house? I can't stand the idea of spiders, bugs, and mites. They really gross me out.
So, when I recently was looking at new mattresses and I saw that most homes have dust mites in mattresses I was so disgusted. The idea of sleeping on a bunch of mites is really gross.
I decided to see what I could do to help prevent and get rid of dust mites. I was happy to find a few things that will help. Not only is it easy to help prevent the dust mites, but you can also get rid of them if you currently have them.
If you are dealing with dust mites or just want to keep them away check out this DIY mattress spray for dust mites. It will kill existing dust mites and keep them away in the future.
DIY Mattress Spray
To start, if you don't know dust mites are microscopic and can't be seen. They live off of skin that is shed so mattresses and pillows make a perfect place for them to live.
Although you may not see the dust mites they can cause allergies. Signs of dust mites include sneezing, sniffling, and watery eyes.
You can kill off dust mites by using a mattress spray. You can buy mattress sprays online, but I just make my own. It only takes a few minutes to make and they will keep the dust mites away plus kill any that you currently have.
To make the mattress cleaning spray you will need a spray bottle, vinegar, water, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil. I recommend using a glass spray bottle because there are essential oils in the mix. I like these glass bottles from Amazon.
Start by adding a cup of vinegar (just the plain white vinegar) and a cup of water to the spray bottle.
To use the dust mite spray you will want to take everything off the bed. Wash your sheets, pillowcases, dust ruffle (if you have one), and comforter. Make sure you are using hot water when you wash them. Hot water will help kill off dust mites and keep your sheets and bedding clean.
Once everything is off the mattress then you can spray it down with the mattress spray.
Give the DIY mattress spray a good shake to mix up all of the essential oils. Then, spray down the mattress. It should feel slightly damp to touch. Make sure that you get the sides of the mattress sprayed well in addition to the top of the mattress.
You may want to spray down your pillows too, however, you can also kill mites on your pillows by putting them in the dryer on high heat for about 5-10 minutes.
Tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and vinegar are all insecticides so they will work to kill off any dust mites that are currently in the mattress. Plus, just about all bugs hate peppermint oil so they will avoid going near the mattress too.
Once you have sprayed the mattress then you just need to let it air out and dry. I recommend letting it air out for at least 4-5 hours. If you need it to dry quickly you can turn on a fan and have it blowing across the bed.
Once it is done airing out then you can vacuum the mattress to remove any dust and then put the sheets and comforter back on the bed. Not only will it kill off dust mites, but your mattress will smell great too!
Preventing Dust Mites
Once you have used the DIY mattress spray to kill off the dust mites you can keep them coming back with a few tips and tricks.
I recommend starting by keeping your bedroom clean and free from dust. At least once a week give your bedroom a good dusting. By keeping the dust from nightstands and other furniture you will help keep the dust mites away.
It is also important that you wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Use hot water to help kill off any mites.
You can also keep dust mites out of your pillows by drying them for a few minutes. Just put your pillows in the dryer for about 5-10 minutes. The heat from the dryer will kill off any mites.
When you change your sheets every week take a few minutes to vacuum the mattress. This will help remove any dead skin and keep the dust mites away. Don't forget to vacuum under the bed, we always have so many dust bunnies under the bed.
Another easy way to keep the dust mites away is to use a mattress cover that is made for that purpose. Most stores sell them or you can buy them on Amazon.
Most of them are waterproof plus, they will keep dust mites and bed bugs from getting into your mattress. The downside of a mattress cover is it can be hot to sleep on.
With these easy tips, you can keep the dust mites away. Just make up a batch of this DIY mattress spray and the dust mites will be gone. No worries about allergies and gross bugs in your bed. Plus, it only takes a few minutes of your time to really get it clean.
Want some other easy cleaning tips? Check out these easy tips on how to clean a mattress like a pro. Get out any stains and have your mattress smelling great!