One of the peskiest allergens around is the dust mite. They contribute to many allergy- and asthma-related health problems, along with skin reactions. These minuscule bugs thrive in cotton mattresses, pillows, bedding, carpets and upholstered furniture, and they feed on dead skin. Four out of five American homes are infested with dust mites.
Could your house be infested? If you experience sneezing; runny nose; red, itchy or watery eyes; congestion; itchy nose, throat or roof of the mouth; facial pressure or pain; cough; or swollen, bluish skin under the eyes, you may be affected. If you have asthma, you may have trouble breathing, along with chest pain, wheezing, difficulty sleeping and more colds.
One way to fight dust mites is to vacuum thoroughly and often, using a hepa filter. Keep sheets freshly washed. Unfortunately, items like mattresses and pillows are not easily cleaned.
This spray is an alternative way to kill and repel dust mites:
Eucalyptus Dust Mite-Killing Solution:
- 2 cups distilled water
- 15-30 drops eucalyptus oil
- Spray down all items that cannot be washed.
- Hang them up to dry in a warm, dry place. (Humidity should be avoided as it will support the growth of mold spores.)
- Repeat 3 times a week to remove all dust mites.
Research has proven eucalyptus and other essential oils do a good job of fighting dust mite infestation, although scientists do not understand exactly how they work. Eucalyptus oil removes a dust mite infestation from your home without any harm to you.
However, eucalyptus oil is not safe to use around children under the age of 10. Fortunately, there are other oils that are safe and will also remove dust mites. These include clove and fennel essential oils, which are safe for use around children over the age of two.
Watch this video to see the process: