7 Effective Home Remedies for Dust Mites

Home remedies for dust mites are usually quite effective. It's important to use them in order to avoid allergies.
7 Effective Home Remedies for Dust Mites

Last update: 06 December, 2020

Dust mites are tiny bugs that live in your home, mainly in bedrooms. They’re not detectable at first sight. However, they can be responsible for certain diseases, such as allergies or scabies. That’s why it’s important to use home remedies for dust mites, so you can get rid of them.

Home remedies for dust mites

Dust mites belong to the Arachnida class and aren’t perceptible at first sight. They live in the dust and they’re usually on beds, pillows, clothes, blankets and mattresses. Since they act as allergens, they cause allergies to a large portion of the population. To get rid of them, we recommend that you use these seven home remedies for dust mites:

1. Control humidity

Humidity is one of the most important causes of house dust mites. So, it’s essential that humidity levels stay below 50%. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners are quite useful in these cases.

2. Take care of your mattress and pillows

The amount of dust mites that you can find on mattresses and pillows is astonishing. In fact, in some shops, you can find dust mites pillow covers. In case you can’t find these covers, you can always use the vacuum cleaner.

7 Home Remedies for Dust Mites

 3. Ventilate your home, one of the best remedies for dust mites

Ventilating your home is essential, especially in the case of the bedrooms. Since dust mites are usually on mattresses, pillows and sheets, you should open your windows at least 30 minutes a day. 

4. Remove dust regularly

It’s important that you don’t stir up dust rather than remove it. To avoid dust and dust mites in the air, you can use a wet cloth. Besides, it’s always better to use the vacuum cleaner instead of the broom.

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5. Washing sheets

You should change sheets at least once a week. And, you should wash them at 140ºF. If you use cold water, dust mites may stay alive.

6. Avoid carpets

Using carpets isn’t a good idea if you want to avoid dust mites. We recommend that you don’t use them. However, if you do, clean them frequently.

7. Chemical products

You can find anti-mite products in the supermarket. These are similar to regular insecticides, which you can use against all kinds of insects. The problem with this option is that these products don’t eliminate dead dust mites, which can still cause allergies. Therefore, we recommend that you clean everything after using anti-mite products.

Dust mites enjoy dirty places. That’s why you should clean everything and remove dust from curtains and furniture.

Liquid home remedies for dust mites

White vinegar

White vinegar has bactericidal and insecticidal properties. That’s why it’s one of the most common home remedies against microorganisms. For a correct use, you should combine it with water. Next, we’ll explain how:


  • 1/2 cup water.
  • 1/2 cup vinegar.


  1. Combine both ingredients.
  2. Put the liquid in a spray bottle.
7 Home Remedies for Dust Mites


Directions for use

  1. Apply the product in the room, especially where dust mites usually are.
  2. Remove dust using a cloth.
  3. Repeat this twice a week.

Lavender and anise

Another home remedy that usually works against dust mites is the combination of lavender and anise. In addition to perfuming the house, it disinfects the areas in which dust mites live. 


  • 30 g lavender flowers.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 20 g anise.
  • 1 tsp of cloves.


  1. Put all the ingredients in a pan.
  2. Boil them.
  3. Once they’re boiling, turn off the heat.
  4. Strain and put the liquid in a spray bottle. 

Directions for use

  1. Spray on the beds, sheets, couch, carpets and pillows.
  2. Repeat this twice a week.

In conclusion, these bugs might be a problem for the whole family, because they may cause allergies and other diseases. So, applying these home remedies for dust mites will be very helpful.

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