And a Strategy to Keep Them Away!
Dust mites aren’t a fun topic.
They’re even less fun if they make you sneeze and give you a headache.
Let’s talk about something more fun: essential oils!
Specifically, using essential oils in dust mite spray recipes, so we don’t have to resort to harmful chemicals to have a clean, healthy home.
Before we get into the natural recipes, let’s touch on some science. That way we’ll know what we’re dealing with, and which essential oils to use in our dust mite reducing blends.
What are dust mites, exactly?
They’re microscopic mites that feed on dust, and live in your bedding and upholstery. They’re present by the millions—and can cause some really unpleasant allergy symptoms. They can make being in your own home (which should be a relaxing, safe space), a deeply uncomfortable experience.
In fact, dust mite allergies are one of the most common types of allergies, right up there with mold, pollen, and animal dander.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Dust Mites!
The first step in getting rid of dust mites naturally is to make sure your linens, carpets, and upholstery are kept very clean. It’s also a good idea to keep your home well ventilated. Make sure you have a great air filter, or open your windows and get that air circulating!
If dust mites are really making your life miserable, you might even want to remove your carpets and rugs, and have hardwood flooring in your house. Make sure to mop regularly.
You can also make your own essential oil dust mite spray.
Essential Oils vs Dust Mites
There’s a natural component that’s been researched, and proven to send dust mites scurrying away.
It’s called geraniol.
Dust mites have a deep, abiding dislike for geraniol. In fact, geraniol has been called more effective than DEET in combating dust mites (1).
And there’s even more good news! Geraniol is the primary component in Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii var. motia). This makes it an excellent natural ingredient for our essential oil dust mite spray!
Making Essential Oil Dust Mite Spray
Palmarosa oil is the perfect ingredient for an all-natural essential oil dust mite spray. In this recipe, I’m combining it with Lavender essential oil, to add a sweet, relaxing aroma that’s just right for bed linens and blankets.
Palmarosa Essential Oil Dust Mite Spray
- 8 oz (240 ml) Water
- 60 drops Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii var. motia)
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 14 ml Solubol
In an 8 oz (240 ml) spray bottle, combine the water and Solubol. Add the drops of essential oil, then tighten the lid and shake well. The Solubol will help your essential oils stay distributed through the water, but you’ll still need to give your linen spray a good shake before each time you use it.
After washing your linens in hot water, spritz this on your sheets, and repeat the process several times a day. After your sheets are clean, you don’t want to give the dust mites a chance to make themselves at home again. The more you can use your spray, the better!
This spray is also great for upholstery and carpets.
I recommend making a fresh bottle every few weeks, since it’s not made with a preservative.
Dust Mite Defense Inhaler
You can also make an inhaler to help calm your reactions against dust mites.
Geranium essential oil contains geraniol, so I’m including it in this inhaler recipe—along with two essential oils that are wonderful for supporting respiratory health: Sweet Orange and Cedarwood!
Dust Mite Defense Inhaler
- 8 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
- 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
- 3 drops Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium × asperum)
Add the drops of essential oil to the cotton part of a blank inhaler. Then snap the bottom of the inhaler into place. That’s it! (Making an inhaler is simple!)
Be sure to use your inhaler often, to stay ahead of any sniffles that might be waiting to develop.
Stick With It!
Reducing dust mites in your home naturally is a process. You can do it! Keep your home very clean and well ventilated, use your Palmarosa Essential Oil Dust Mite Spray, and keep your inhaler handy.
You can learn more ways to calm your allergies (without harmful chemical products) in our free video class, Reduce Allergies Naturally Using Essential Oils.
You’ll learn which essential oils to use for your own natural cleaning products, five effective recipes for calming your symptoms, how to get to sleep during allergy season, and more.
1. Jeon JH, Kim HW, Kim MG, et al (2008) Mite-control activities of active constituents isolated from Pelargonium graveolens against house dust mites. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 18(10): 1666-1671
NOTE: This post was originally published in August of 2011. It has been updated with new information.
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