While you may be washing your bedsheets once a week, don’t forget that the mattress needs cleaning too! Protect your mattress from dust mites by using this DIY mattress spray.
The mattress can be a forgotten part of the home which doesn’t get cleaned as often as you would like. Pillows and mattresses host all sorts of dead skin, loose hair and dust mites, it’s pretty yucky to think about. Help your mattress repel allergy-causing dust mites with an easy DIY mattress spray. This spray will help repel the dust mites and absorb odours that may be lingering inside your mattress. Keep your mattress fresh and clean with a simple solution made with products you might already have at home.
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If you’re becoming more conscious about the products you use to clean your home? There are so many advantages of using natural cleaners including saving money and creating a healthier, non-toxic home. Natural cleaners are effective and do a proper job in cleaning just as some of the more toxic chemical cleaners do. Isn’t it amazing to know that you can make salad dressings and clean your home with some of the same ingredients? I think that’s awesome.
Many store-bought cleaners are made with water, chemicals and fragrance. Some fragrances can irritate allergies, and create skin sensitivities. They can even be poisonous to pets and small children. Some of these store-bought cleaners have instructions to be in a ventilated room when using or to wear a mask. To me, this is very concerning. Organic and natural cleaners are an option if you do not want to aggravate your allergies and you can rest easy knowing exactly what’s in your cleaning agent.
What Are Dust Mites
Dust mites are tiny, microscopic pests that live in regular old dust around the home. They feed on dead skin flakes from people and pets and are a huge concern for people with allergies and asthma. Dust mites live in bedding, furniture, carpets, curtains and mattresses. They are hard to get rid of because they live in so many different places around the home, but controlling the dust mites by regular cleaning will certainly help keep your home healthy for you and your family.
How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites
It is very difficult to get rid of all the dust mites in the home, but there are some ways you can control the number of dust mites you might have and minimize them in your home.
Dusting: Give your home a good dusting once a week, and try to keep up on the dusting of common surfaces daily.
Laundry: Keep your laundry off your floor and wash the dirty clothes as often as you can.
Pillows: Wash your pillows once a month to keep them fresh and clean.
Mattress: Spray your mattress with DIY mattress spray once a month to keep it fresh and clean.
Curtains: Wash the curtains every quarter year, once every four months.
HVAC: Change your HVAC filter once every month, especially if you use your furnace daily.
DIY Mattress Spray Recipe
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- 1 cup of distilled water
- 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- Spray bottle
Making the DIY Mattress Spray
To make the mattress spray simply mix all of the above ingredients into a bottle and shake well to mix it up. You’ll want to give it a good shake before each use.
The vinegar is the agent that will deodorize and disinfect your mattress. The peppermint oil is a natural bug repellant, the eucalypts oil helps purify the air and the lavender oil has antibacterial properties and aids in relaxation as well.
How To Use DIY Mattress Spray
To use your DIY mattress spray remove all of your linens for washing and shake up your bottle. Spray the mattress liberally so that it is slightly damp, but not soaking wet. Let the mattress air dry for 3 hours. Remake the bed once the mattress is fully dry and enjoy a restful sleep on a clean mattress with freshly laundered bedsheets.
More Uses For The Mattress Spray
You can use a mattress spray to freshen up a dog bed, kill bacteria from the family room couch and even spray it onto the carpet to deter ants and other bugs from walking freely around the home.
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