Kill Dust Mites Without Harmful Chemicals Using Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
Your bed is your sanctuary—the place where you go to rest and restore your body and mind each and every night. But what if I told you that your sacred resting place is teeming with hundreds of thousands of microscopic insects too small to see with the naked eye? Sounds like something out of a horror movie, right? The reality is, almost everyone who sleeps in a bed or lives in a house with carpets and furniture, is sharing their space with tiny bugs called dust mites. I know this sounds alarming, but there’s no need to call an exterminator! Thankfully, there are easy, non-toxic ways to eliminate these tiny pests using Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - Oxygen PlusTM, a common household cleaner—and we’re going to share these methods with you today.
Before we dig into how to get rid of these little critters, let’s cover some basics.How to get rid of dust mites?
What are dust mites?
Dust mites are microscopic insects that measure about 1/100th of an inch in length. For reference, that’s smaller than the period at the end of this sentence! They nestle into cloth fibres in items such as mattresses, bedding, curtains, carpets, and upholstered furniture and feed off dead skin cells found in dust.
You might be thinking that there’s no way these insects reside in your home, especially if you’re a meticulous cleaner. Unfortunately, dust mites are nearly everywhere and the majority of homes have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed.
Do they pose any health risks?
The good news is that they are not harmful to the average person. The bad news is that they do pose a significant threat to people with allergies and asthma.
Dust mites don’t bite, sting or burrow into our bodies, however, continued exposure to dust mites can dramatically impact the health of people with asthma and those who are allergic or sensitive to mites.
A dust mite allergy can range from mild to severe. A mild case may cause an occasional runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. In severe cases, the condition can become chronic, resulting in persistent sneezing, cough, congestion, facial pressure, or severe asthma attacks.
Reducing dust mites in your home
The most common places dust mites are found is in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, curtains, and carpets.
Whether you’re sensitive to dust mites or not (but especially if you have respiratory issues!), it’s important to reduce the number of these pests in your home to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
This is where using a food grade hydrogen peroxide 3% solution, such as Oxygen PlusTM, comes in.
Ready to learn how to eliminate dust mites from their most common hiding spots in your home? Let’s get started.
Killing dust mites in your mattress, upholstered furniture, and carpet
Deep cleaning a mattress, couch, or carpet can sound like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite easy with the right tools.
To rid of dust mites, you’ll need a hand-held vacuum, a steam cleaner, food grade hydrogen peroxide 3%, natural liquid soap, and water. This non-toxic cleaning method is very effective thanks to the dual antimicrobial action of hydrogen peroxide 3% and the heat from steam.
Simply follow these steps:
Vacuum the surface of your mattress, furniture, or carpet using a hand-held vacuum.
Mix 5 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide 3%.
Mix well using a utensil.
Add 1-3 tablespoons (depending on the size of the reservoir) of natural liquid soap.
Mix well using a utensil and pour the mixture into your steam cleaner’s reservoir.
Let it dry for 2-4 hours.
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Killing dust mites in your curtains, clothes, and bedding
For materials that you can wash in a washing machine, killing dust mites couldn’t be any easier.
All you’ll need is a washing machine, dryer, food-grade hydrogen peroxide 3%, and laundry detergent. The heat from the hot water and the antimicrobial properties of the hydrogen peroxide 3% are sure to kick those mangy mites to the curb.
Simply follow these steps:
Load your items into your washing machine.
Measure 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide 3% and pour it into the washing machine’s bleach dispenser.
If your washing machine doesn’t have a bleach dispenser, dilute one cup of hydrogen peroxide 3% with two cups of water and add to the empty washer drum then load in your items.
Pour in your laundry detergent as usual.
Set your washing machine’s water temperature to “hot.”
When done, dry the materials as usual in your dryer or line dry.
Controlling the dust mites in your home is the key
While it might not be possible to rid of dust mites entirely from your home, you can drastically reduce their number and control them so that they don’t cause any health issues. In removing these bugs, you’re reducing the risk of health issues, improving the air quality in your home, and giving yourself peace of mind that the surfaces you come into contact with daily are clean and safe.
Using hydrogen peroxide 3% is a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and inexpensive way to rid of these pests. It’s an easy solution that has a big impact. It’s time to give those dust mites their eviction notice!