Dust mites are tiny bugs living in our bedding, carpets or the soft parts of the furniture and feeding on out dead skin cells. Four out of five homes in the U.S. has dust mite infestation, which can cause allergies, asthma, skin reactions or other health problems.
Symptoms like constant sneezing, red and watery eyes, itchy and runny nose, throat or the roof of the mouth, swollen blue skin under the eyes, may be an indication of a dust mite infestation in your living space. Also, if already have asthma, you may experience pain in the chest, wheezing, difficulty breathing or susceptibility to cold.
One way to keep the dust mites away from your home is to vacuum regularly and change and wash your sheets once a week. Still, certain items like the mattress or the pillows can`t be cleaned that easily. Without a heap filter in the vacuum cleaner, most of the mites will get back to where they used to live.
This natural solution with eucalyptus oil is a great way to destroy and get rid of the dust mites.
For preparation of the solution you will need:
- 15-30 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 2 cups of distilled water
- Mix both ingredients in a spray bottle
- Spray all the items you can`t wash or clean properly
- Hang the sprayed items out in a warm place to dry. Avoid humid places, they can cause growth of mold spores.
- Repeat this treatment 3 times a week.
Eucalyptus and other essential oils are very powerful in fighting dust mite infestations, even though experts still can`t discover the real reason why.
Eucalyptus will kill the dust mites effectively and it won`t cause any harm to you, but it`s not safe for children under the age of 10. If your children are older than 2, you can replace the eucalyptus oil with clove or fennel essential oil, they are also effective in destroying dust mites and they are safe for children the age of 2.