10 Non-Toxic Dust Mite Remedies for Your Home

10 Non-toxic Dust Mite Remedies | Pretty Handy Girl

As a Filtrete Brand Ambassador, I’m back to give you more ammunition for fighting allergies! As a lifelong dust mite allergy sufferer, I’ve spent more than my share of times being congested and even suffered asthma attacks from a robust dust mite population. Over the years I’ve learned several non-toxic ways to remedy a burgeoning dust mite population. Controlling dust might seem like the obvious solution to dust mites, but actually there are several specific things you need to do to control the actual mites.

First, let me tell you a little bit more about my nemesis. Dust mites are almost microscopic (you can see them with a 10x magifying glass) and tend to live among the dust in your home. Upholstered furniture, pillows and mattresses are the most desirable environments for their populations. They feed off of skin cells shed from our body. Dust mites like warm (room temperature) and humid environments.

You can never completely eliminate a dust mite population, but you can reduce the population to ease the suffering of those that are allergic to dust mites. You also don’t need to resort to chemicals or drastic measures. You can actually wage war against dust mites with some very simple tricks and tools.

Ten Non-Toxic Dust Mite Remedies

1. Cover your bed and pillows with dust mite protective covers.

2. Wash sheets in hot water once a week.

3. Throw your pillows in the freezer for a few hours once a month.

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4. Be lazy! Don’t make your bed. Believe it or not, pulling the covers back and airing out your mattress after a good night’s slumber actually helps the humidity evaporate from your bed. Remember how much those dust mites love humidity?!

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5. Make your own dust mite repellent to spray on your bed. Dust mites are repulsed by the smell of Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavendar, Peppermint, and Rosemary. Make your own aromatic spray by adding a few drops of one (or more) of those essential oils in a water-filled spray bottle. Lightly mist your bed and allow it to air dry.
(New scents to try: I also just read that a mixture of Basil and Lemongrass will not only repel dust mites, but also fleas and lice!)

6. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner. A HEPA vacuum has a filter that traps any dust that doesn’t go in the bag instead of spewing it back into the air.

7. Vacuum rugs and other “soft” items in your home on a regular basis.

8. Vacuum your mattress. This sounds funny, but once a month remove your sheets and vacuum your mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. There’s also a recipe for making a dust mite killing solution using baking soda, and 10 drops of one (or a combination of) those essential oils that repulse dust mites.

9. Clean your air intake vents.  Vacuum the fins and around the air intake. Wipe the dust accumulation around the perimeter with a damp rag (dry rags will only spread the mites.)

10 Non-Toxic Dust Mite Remedies | Pretty Handy Girl

10. Use 1900 High Performance Maximum Allergen filters by Filtrete to trap allergens and dust.

10 Non-Toxic Dust Mite Remedies | Pretty Handy Girl

Want more information about eliminating allergens in your home? Filtrete has a resource page for allergen defense. You can also sign up for their newsletter to learn more about improving your air quality, get reminders to change your filter and receive information about rebates when you buy Filtrete products.

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Comments

  1. My skin is crawling! Great tips … now I need to go take a shower! :)

  2. OK, now that I have the creepy crawlies, I’m doing all these things. Awesome post, getting lavender oil tomorrow. I’m not sure why I haven’t done that before but now I am. Thank you Brittany!

  3. Thank you so much for this post! Here in Arizona I feel like we never get rid of dust! You have some great tips! I love my essential oils and use them for LOTS of things around the house, but they will now be used for this as well!

  4. Am I seeing things? Did you put a filter in your cold air return?

  5. Mary Beth Schwarz says:

    Thanks! I am allergic to dust mites and never thought about some essential oils repelling the mites. My bed in encased as well as the pillows. This will have a nice fragrance too! MB

  6. Speaking of dust, would it be beneficial to get the heating ducts cleaned on the inside? I live in a very old house and the vents have not been cleaned out in the 25 years we have been in the house. There was a guy at the home and garden show that said you need to clean them every 10 years.
    Love your tips on dust mites!! Never thought about using the freezer though!

  7. A great post Brittany! Full of really handy recommendations. I’ve never heard about the freezing idea before. How exactly would that work? Dust mites do love humidity and it’s a great tip about the bed covers but what about the rest of the house? It’s quite difficult to keep the heat controlled as well as maintaining a balanced air quality. I think these bigger factors play a huge role too. Great tip about the oils!

  8. My husband is allergic to dust mites as well. I put our pillows and blankets in a hot dryer on a regular basis, no room in the freezer. We also have tile and wood floors through out the house too, no wall-to-wall carpets.

  9. I was actually looking for such kind of stuff and saw your post at the correct time. Thanks these tips are really useful to get rid of the dust mites. Very informative post. Keep posting such stuff.

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