How to Get Rid of Mattress Dust Mites Easily And Effectively

You are probably aware of the possibility of dust mites living in your mattress, but do you know what you can do to effectively remove these unpleasant little creatures?

For those people suffering from asthma and allergies, dust mites can trigger wheezing, watery eyes, and sinus problems. That is why knowing some useful tips on how to get rid of dust mites in the mattress will help you save your family’s health and sanity. Cleaning your mattress and pillows regularly can remove dust mites and other allergens. It will also help keep your mattress in better condition for longer.

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites in Mattress Easily But Effectively At Home

How to Kill Dust Mites with Simple Tips and Tricks

What are dust mites and why are they in my mattress?

Dust mites are microscopic and they feed on dander and dead skin. There can be up to 10 million in your mattress.

One of the big reasons mattresses have an expiration date is because they collect dust mites over time which feed on dead skin. If you want to discover some simple and quick options to get rid of these pests, take a look at our tips below.

Vacuum with a HEPA filtration

Start off by cleaning your mattress with your vacuum upholstery or crevice attachment. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filtration system is an excellent option. For anyone who has a breathing disorder, dust mites will make your life miserable. A vacuum is your best friend to fight against the dust mites. It is the first step in removing the dust from your mattress and other areas of your house.

VonHaus Stick Vacuum with HEPA filtration

If possible, you should vacuum both sides of your mattress on a regular basis. It is also a good idea to vacuum parts of your bed other than the mattress. By doing this, you can keep the humidity down in your sleeping place, which will decrease the development of dust mites.

Natural eucalyptus oil

Another method to eliminate dust mites in your mattress is natural eucalyptus oil. It is very repellent and kills dust mites very effectively.

Step 1: Add a few drops of natural eucalyptus oil to water

You can get the concentration of eucalyptus oil in a health food store. Add a couple drops of eucalyptus oil drops to a spray bottle with water.

Step 2: Spray the mixture to the mattress

After preparing the solution, spray it on the surface of your mattress. If possible, leave the wet mattress out in the sun to dry. If the weather is humid, do not need to bring it outside. You can hang it up or place it in front of a fan to remove the moisture quickly. Repeat this process once a month to protect your health.

Baking soda

Mattress1000 suggests baking soda as an inexpensive, easy to find ingredient to get ride of dust mites. It is beneficial if you need to know how to remove blood stains from the mattress. The process is very simple and can remove stains, deodorize your mattress, and remove dust mites.

Step 1: Sprinkle the baking soda

First of all, remove the cover of the mattress. Then, sprinkle a one-pound box of baking soda all over the mattress. You can use the sifter and apply the baking soda to the mattress by tapping the sides of the sifter for an even spread.

The baking soda in the sifter
Let it sit for several hours. Leave the baking soda for up to 24 hours for the most effective result. It is best to plan another sleeping arrangement for the night when using this method.

Step 2: Vacuum the mattress

After the baking soda has had time to work, vacuum the baking soda off the mattress. It is best to use one with a brush attachment. Make sure to vacuum every square inch of the mattress. Then flip it over and do the same thing to the other side. For best results, you should do this at least twice a year.

Rubbing alcohol

One of the most common options for killing the dust mites is rubbing alcohol. This can also be used to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress. The alcohol tends to evaporate quickly and is considered safe for anywhere in your house.

One draw back is that rubbing alcohol does not have a long-lasting residual effect so though it may effectively kill dust mites, it may not affect the dust mite eggs.

Step 1: Choose the right alcohol

In addition to being superior to conventional cleaning products, I recommend purple (denatured) alcohol as the best type of alcohol for cleaning surfaces and as a remedy for dust mites.

Step 2: Clean the mattress with the vacuum cleaner

Before starting to clean the mattress, vacuum it thoroughly.

Step 3: Wash the mattress in hot water

Now, you should wash the mattress in hot water. After that, do not forget to dry it on the highest heat. The dust mite cannot survive in over 110 degrees.

Step 4: Mix the rubbing alcohol into the chemical pump dispenser

Finally, you need to combine some rubbing alcohol with the chemical pump dispenser. The proportion between the alcohol and the chemical is 9:1. You can use a spray bottle for certain infected areas.

Spray the above solution on the infected areas and let it dry. Repeat this process after 2 weeks to remove the dust mites entirely and take care of any dust mite eggs that were left behind.

Bonus: How to remove dust mites from a pillow!

Avoid too many decorative pillows, especially feather pillows which dust mites love. We recommend plumbing pillows every day to help them keep their shape and to remove any dust.

Some pillows can be washed. Submerge the pillow in warm water. Then add a small amount of powder detergent. Make sure to press out the extra water gently. Roll in a towel to dry, throw your pillow in the dryer on the dry air setting, or hang it outside on a breezy, sunny day. It can take hours for pillows to dry, so you need to be patient. You should completely dry a pillow to avoid any mold and mildew.

If drying in a machine, you can add a couple of towels to speed up the drying. You can put clean tennis balls in to keep the pillows from clumping together.

You should remember that leather foam and latex are the two kinds of pillows that you should not wash. They are tough to dry thoroughly. Instead, just treat any stains on the spot with a damp cloth and mild detergent.


In conclusion, it is important to your health and the care of your mattress to know how to kill dust mites. You can improve your sleeping environment as well as your overall health. In case you want to ask more questions about this topic, please feel free to get in touch with me anytime.


I am Linda Jones 26, editor of Matress1000. Our mission is to help people sleep better.