You often sanitize your counters, scrub your bathroom, and vacuum your floors—but how often do you clean your mattress?
Most people spend around eight hours every night on their mattress and are completely unaware that they could be sharing their bed with millions of dust mites.
Dust mites are tiny bugs that are so small they can only be seen with a microscope. They stay alive by eating human skin flakes and thrive in a warm and humid environment. Ideal environments for dust mites usually include mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, and fabric-covered items.
Dust mites can even cause an allergic reaction in some individuals that is similar to hay fever and asthma, making it difficult to breathe, or can even cause sneezing or a runny nose.
A simple way to rid dust mites is to clean your mattress, carpet, and upholstered furniture using just baking soda and essential oils.
According to this study, dust mites can be killed by using peppermint, eucalyptus or wintergreen essential oil. When combined with baking soda, which absorbs moisture, deodorizes and sanitizes, this powerhouse duo can be an extremely effective, natural, and non-toxic household cleaner.
What You Need:
1 cup baking soda (enough for a queen size mattress)
10 drops dōTERRA essential oil
Mason jar with lid
How to Clean Your Mattress:
1- Remove bed linens and wash them in hot water.
2- Add the baking soda and essential oils to a Mason jar. Shake to evenly distribute the oils.
Editor’s note: Use an essential oil that will help further repel dust mites, such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, or Rosemary.
3- Put the baking soda mixture into the sifter and sift across your mattress. (You may need to double your baking soda mixture depending on the size of your mattress).
4- Leave the mixture on your mattress for at least an hour. The longer you leave it, the better the results.
5- Once the mixture has been on the mattress for at least an hour, use your vacuum hose to remove the mixture from the mattress.
6- Make your bed with clean sheets and enjoy the fresh smell of your mattress. Repeat every 2-3 months, or as often as needed.
Editor’s note: To deep clean your carpet or upholstered furniture, mix together the baking soda and essential oils and sift onto whatever area you are cleaning. Let it sit for at least one hour and then vacuum. It’s easy—and effective!