Dust mites live into our carpets, bedding, and any upholstered furniture =, feeding on our dead skin cells. These can be found in 4 out of 5 USA homes, causing allergies and asthma, as well as skin reactions. Sneezing, runny nose, red, itchy, or watery eyes, itchy nose, congestion, itchy throat or roof of the mouth, cough, facial pressure or pain, blue skin under your eyes, and swollen eyes are signs that show mite infestation. Those who already have asthma can experience wheezing, trouble sleeping, chest pain, difficulty breathing, as well as increased susceptibility to colds.
In order to keep the mites away you should constantly wash your sheets and vacuum. However, throw pillows and mattresses are not so easily being cleaned, and if your vacuum does not have a heap filter, the most of the mites will end up back where they started. You can use eucalyptus oil solution in order to get rid of the mites.
Eucalyptus oil solution for killing mites
- 15-30 drops of eucalyptus oil;
- 2 cups of distilled water.
How to prepare it: spray the items that you cannot wash. Then, hung those up to dry in warm and dry place (avoid humidity as it can foster mold spores growth). Repeat this procedure 3 times a week in order to remove dust mites.
According to studies, this oil is very effective in killing dust mite infestations, but the reasoning behind it is not clear, still. The oil helps in removing the infestation of dust mites with no harm to the human body and health. However, the oil is not safe for children under the age of 10, but there are other safe oils that can help you get rid of dust mites and those are fennel and clove essential oils. They are safe even for children over the age of 2.