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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

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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.

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.)

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

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10 Non-Toxic Dust Mite Remedies for Your Home
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41 replies
  1. Colleen Taylor
    Colleen Taylor says:

    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!

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  2. Katrina
    Katrina says:

    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!

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  3. Mary Beth Schwarz
    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

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  4. Nanc;y
    Nanc;y says:

    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!

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  5. Paige Hawin
    Paige Hawin says:

    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!

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  6. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    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.

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  7. Alexander
    Alexander says:

    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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  8. Keshia
    Keshia says:

    The Cure. People will tell you to kill dust mites on the body by the use of topical ointments. Actually, You kill dust mites by what you take internally. Take large doses of oil of oregano supplements throughout your day. This oil permeates through your pores and kills your dust mites. Use coconut oil over your skin to get a good nights. However the oregano is the cure. Look up oregano and dust mites on line for reassurance and then buy it to be relieved.

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  9. Mr. gdawge
    Mr. gdawge says:

    Could you please update the link for the house mite killing solution recipe? The link is currently broken.

    Thank you!!

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  10. Lora
    Lora says:

    I have been ‘down’ in a recovery of a double compound fracture on lower right leg. I believe I have been receiving bites and under the skin problems on my upper body (mostly arms and neck) by either mites or lice from my doggie that sleeps with me. I am bathing & scrubbing with Dial antibacterial soap & changing, washing, drying in HOT water & air. The dog is being treated but what can I do?? My arms are full of bites that must occur furring the night. The floors are all tile & being kept as clean (with a bleach solution) as much as I can. Desperate !!!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Lora, dust mites usually don’t give you bites like fleas would. They are microscopic and usually feed on dead skin cells. They are more problematic for people who are allergic to dust mites. Is your dog being treated for fleas? Also, my thought went to bed bugs (I really hope that’s not the case.) You may want to talk to a pest control expert to determine what you’re dealing with first. Best of luck and I hope you heal quickly.

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    • SandraLH
      SandraLH says:

      Some things I am doingvthat are helping. Use Windex spray with amonia on your baseboards and in bathroom. Do not spray near your dog. Use lint roller on your she’s and bedding. Wipe neck and back with Listerine and then wash off. Threw out my LR really nice rug that was like a carpet.. In stead now have small rug I can wash. It is a constant battle since I live in a very dusty city. Wash floirs c with vinegar solution every week.

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    • Lorrie Cooper
      Lorrie Cooper says:

      Yes, you can get red itchy bumps from dust mite fecal matter and/or their dead bodies. I’m taking allergy shots to get thru this itchy mess. Cleaning your home helps but I need shots to help with the red itchy bumps on my legs and arms.

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  11. Gala
    Gala says:

    I have bugs in my couch and on bed .I like to be cool and my boyfriend likes it warm and the next morning he will have 6-10 bites but if I don’t scratch they will go away in a couple of hours I’d that first mites I can’t see them but I can feel them crawling sometimes please help.

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  12. AlptnMrl730
    AlptnMrl730 says:

    Essential oils can be very dangerous. Eucalyptus can cause memory loss in humans and seizures and death in animals. Essential oils will kill tropical fish and birds when used anywhere in the vicinity.

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  13. Ann
    Ann says:

    If using steam is suppose to kill dust mites on your mattress doesn’t that add moisture and heat to the mattress which they prefer?

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  14. Kim Massey
    Kim Massey says:

    I have some things all over me, sometime I can feel them other times I cant. If I see something & grab it it will bite me. So if this is bed bugs how do you get rid of them for good. I have used all the sprays of essential oils I have made fighting them & keeping them off of for a liitte while. Please help. Vinegar doesn’t touch them. Lemon water will for awhile. Thank you for your post.

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  15. Elizabeth Baird
    Elizabeth Baird says:

    Was wondering where to purchase the clear spray bottle located in the photo of the essential oils.
    Thank you very much!

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  16. Mona (please use kentucklady 717)
    Mona (please use kentucklady 717) says:

    Hi Brittany ,
    Just found your blog, and am signing up for it….I use Oils too….is one brand better than the other ?
    I believe the oils should go in a glass bottles when you mix the mixture up…..Can you just use regular tap water?
    I did read somewhere to use Distilled water for some oil, but I don’t recall which one it was….I need to find my notes…..

    I’m always reading everything I can about using Essential Oils, they are suppose to be better for you than others….

    I believe someone said on here that some of them were poisonous….I had not heard that but hope to check into it further….

    I did sign up for the FILTRETE web site as I am interested in their filters…I hear they are expensive….. my neighbor uses them, I believe she said you only had to change them every 3 mos. but she changes them every 2 mos….. she doesn’t have animals so I don’t know why she changes them that often, she does have allergies real bad tho….so do I but I may just try them for 3 mos. and see how it goes….
    I assume you use them…. how often do you change them ? I have no idea how much they are, but she gets hers at Lowe’s…..you may can find them cheaper at Walmart if they sell them….I will check the next time I go there….

    I think I already signed up for your Facebook & Twitter, looking forward to your blog too….

    I love blogs where you learn things about keeping your home clean and I love the cooking blogs…..I have many LOL.

    Please use Kentuckylady717 as my name

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Most of your questions about oils, I’m unable to answer, I’d ask the oil manufacturer. Regarding the filters I try to change ours more frequently as well because we suffer from airborne allergies. The filters can be purchased at Costco for cheaper or buy them in bulk to get a contractor discount at Lowe’s.

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  17. Cheryl Dockery
    Cheryl Dockery says:

    Bedbugs are difficult to see but they bite, causing tiny red spots on your skin. I followed directions of using a blend of ispropyl alcohol with a little water in a spray bottle, spraying mattress, pillows, carpet and walls around the bed while the linens were in a hot wash. Didn’t have the problem any more after that. They come in from perhaps after a trip, in your luggage, etc.

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  18. Tina
    Tina says:

    I have dust mites bites all over my body. They are embedded in my skin. I moved into a house full of them. If you think you may have then, pick your nose, they will hid there. Go to the dr, tell them what you’re experiencing. I’m mixing up a few of these ingredients and cleaning. I now scratch with peroxide on a sponge. Keep coconit oil on me at all times.

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  19. karmajinpawangmo
    karmajinpawangmo says:

    Seems like vacuuming with HEPA filter frequently, upgrade house filters, and wash bedclothes weekly does it for us – went from really annoying infestation to no problem. We just have to keep on it. Love the smell of lavender so will add that to the mix – thanks!

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