Make this DIY Natural Mattress Spray. This homemade mattress spray absorbs odours, leaves your mattress smelling fresh and clean, and helps to deter dust mites.

Two of my kids have dust mite allergies. They both suffer from it differently; my son’s symptom is an itchy nose, but my daughter gets itchy eyes. It’s important I keep their linens and mattress clean and take some preventive measures to eliminate dust mites. It’s not uncommon to find dust mites in the cleanest of homes and surprisingly they don’t just hide in dust. I have been making and using this natural mattress spray for quite a while to help deter dust mites. It’s easy to make and only uses a few ingredients.

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Dust mites are microscopic, virtually invisible insects. They live on animal and human skin scales and thrive in warm temperatures and high humidity. Their droppings contain a protein-like substance that is known to trigger asthma, eczema and other allergies.  Scary fact ~ there can be up to 10,000 of these little insects per square meter in an average home (I shudder at the thought).

Dust mites like to hide in places like:

  • Soft teddies
  • Doonas/Quilts
  • Sheets
  • Sheepskin/ woollen underlays
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Curtains
  • Carpet
  • Floor rugs

A little gross right!!  So this is why it’s important that I keep all their mattresses fresh and clean. I love my essential oils and making my own recipes, my natural DIY Mattress Spray is super easy.

I made your mattress spray yesterday, as I have a toddler and preschooler who have had accidents while toilet training and OMG I was amazed!! It absorbed all the odour and left their mattresses smelling lovely! Thank you
Alicia Dombrain

Natural DIY Mattress Spray to absorb odours, helps deter dust mites and leave the mattress smelling fresh.

To naturally deter dust mites from mattresses, to reduce dust mites and keep the mattress fresh.

  1. Remove all linens from the bed and wash. I add a few drops of Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil to the wash.
  2. If possible, open the windows in the room to let in the fresh air.
  3. While the linens are being washed, spray the DIY mattress spray onto the bed. This will absorb odours, help deter dust mites and leave the mattress smelling fresh.
  4. Leave the mattress as long as you can to absorb the spray and air dry.  I like to leave mine for a few hours.
  5. Vacuum the top and sides of the mattress to remove dust, dirt, dust mites, dead skin cells, hair etc.

The ingredients I use in my Natural DIY Mattress Spray

This is my natural DIY Mattress Spray; so easy to put together and being that I love essential oils I have everything to make this recipe here at home.  The essential oils I use are common oils I use frequently, more details below.  I love this recipe as it uses all natural ingredients, and please don’t be deterred by the vinegar, the smell will disappear very quickly.

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Glass Spray Bottle
Glass Spray Bottle
Peppermint Essential Oil

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SPRAY BOTTLE – I have glass spray bottles available here.

VINEGAR – mild natural disinfectant and helps deodorise fabrics.

LEMON EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL – has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air. Available to purchase here.

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL – is well known for its natural antibacterial properties and I also like to use it in the mattress spray to promote peaceful sleep. Available to purchase here.

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL – repels bugs naturally. Available to purchase here.


Natural DIY Mattress Spray

Make this DIY Natural Mattress Spray. This homemade mattress spray absorbs odours, leaves your mattress smelling fresh and clean, and helps to deter dust mites.

  • Author: Katrina - The Organised Housewife


  • 500ml spray bottle (approx doesn’t need to be exact ml)
  • 1 cup cooled boiled water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 8 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Pour water and vinegar into spray bottle.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Shake bottle to combine.
  4. Spray Natural DIY Mattress Spray direct onto the mattress and allow to sit for a few hours.


Remember to shake the bottle before each use.

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Jackie March 14, 2018 - 6:52 AM

Thanks Kat, I have been wanting to make a spray for my youngest daughters room, she has allergies, it makes her sneeze. Loving these DIY recipes you are sharing, I’d love to see more.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 14, 2018 - 8:42 AM

Oh wonderful Jackie. So glad my DIY spray will help your daughter

Davi March 14, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Hi, Jackie! Please let me know when this spray takes away your daughter’s allergies. 🙂

Simone Dorrington March 14, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Hi Kat, I am slowly changing over to more natural products to use around the house. Do you use a glass container or plastic for this particular spray? In fact I would love to know what kind of bottles you use in which area of the house. I’ve heard that the essential oils permeate the plastic and that it is best to use glass. What are your thoughts?

Davi March 14, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Hi Kat! I love how easy and simple this is! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us! Can’t wait to try it! <3

Carol February 16, 2022 - 4:34 AM

Loved your mattress spray reciepe.I spray the pillows every week after stripping the the fresh smell ,It makes winter smell like a warm spring day and like I just brought the sheets in after them drying on the clothesline?

Ashlea March 16, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Hi Kat ?
I too am wondering about spray bottles- plastic or glass? And if you have any tips on trigger sprays that last longer than a week? The vinegar seems to be destroying them quite quickly ?????
Thanks, love your page!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 19, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Hi Ashlea, I use plastic. I am also trying to locate some quality spray bottles to recommend to all readers.

Laura March 17, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Thank you so much for sharing. I have terrible itchy watery eyes and I think after reading this I may be allergic to dust mites. I know I’m allergic to dust. I have all these oils at home so I’m going to make a bottle up. I’m also going to invest in new pillows and linen, and hopefully all of these will help me! My eye’s are sore from me itching them constantly and blood shot.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 19, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Sorry to hear your eyes are suffering but I hope with the help of my post and your new linen you find a solution and enjoy a restful night sleep without the sore eyes.

Kristy M October 28, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Hi Kay
My husband is asthmatic and some scents can set him off. Lavender is one of them. Is the lavender scent strong in this mix? I would like to try this as all of us have allergies and I think it may help keep the sneezing to a minimum!

Stella February 2, 2019 - 4:24 AM

Can I use this on other places like furniture, pillow?

Yvette Seevers July 10, 2019 - 9:44 AM

I’m allergic to eucalyptus is there something I can substitute??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 11, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Hi Yvette, I would suggest replacing the eucalyptus with tea tree essential oil as it has very similar qualities. Hope this helps. Kat 🙂

Asha August 30, 2019 - 4:39 AM

Hi there,

I have destroyed so many spray bottles with the use of homemade cleaning products containing vinegar. Apparently it causes materials in the nosel to swell. Have you come across this? If so, how do you prevent it? Many thanks Asha

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 3, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Oh, I’ve never had this problem Asha, and I’ve been using vinegar solutions for years. I just did a quick google search for you, and it seems that some people recommend using spray bottles that are chemical resistant, or even applying vaseline to the inner trigger part to keep it working. Hope this helps 🙂 Kat x

Gertrude November 20, 2019 - 7:07 PM

What would you use in place of peppermint oil which is to be avoided during pregnancy

Sharri February 23, 2020 - 8:23 AM

I wish I could use this recipe, it’s not canine friendly :/ I love the smells of all of these though

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 26, 2020 - 2:12 PM

Hi Sharri, I have both kinds of fur-babies and they have been fine with this mattress spray because it’s very diluted. If you’re concerned you could close the door to the room whilst you allow the mattress to air. Hope this helps 🙂 Kat x

Sarah January 31, 2021 - 10:49 PM

How much do you recommend using from the spray bottle ? Thanks in advance x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2021 - 8:56 AM

It really depends on the size of your mattress. You don’t want to completely saturate the mattress, more of a light spray.

Audrey February 29, 2020 - 12:34 AM

How much do you use? I’m assuming just spray lightly not too wet?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 3, 2020 - 11:09 AM

That’s exactly right Audrey, just a light spray across the entire mattress.

emma anywhere March 9, 2020 - 1:08 AM

I love this idea can it be used in other places in the house ??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 9, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Emma I would use this on my couch or cushions too. Very pleased to hear that you love the idea 🙂 Kat x

Melissa April 7, 2020 - 2:22 PM

This smells divine!!! Whilst being in isolation I’m stripping each room bare cleaning all carpets, curtains and mattresses and giving them all a little spritz of this. My child has suffered a severe allergy to something that we are unsure of. This is a precautionary measure as it may be something in his room. Thanks again x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 14, 2020 - 9:44 AM

It’s a fabulous time to get the house a good clean isn’t it Melissa (we need to be glass half full at times like this!). Very happy to hear that you are loving my Natural DIY Mattress Spray and that it’s helping with your child’s allergies. Thank you for the feedback 🙂

Julie Wicks April 30, 2020 - 4:39 PM

I used this because my daughter’s bed wasn’t smelling very fresh.Now I love using this spray and it makes her room smell very fresh and she said the lavender makes her sleep better.
Thanks for the DIY!
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Julie Wicks April 30, 2020 - 4:40 PM

I used this because my daughter’s bed wasn’t smelling very fresh.Now I love using this spray and it makes her room smell very fresh and she said the lavender makes her sleep better.
Thanks for the DIY!
Julie-United Kingdom ?

Stephenie Miles June 1, 2020 - 4:30 AM

My son has severe seasonal allergies. Would this work to also help combat pollen?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 2, 2020 - 1:15 PM

It will definitely help to remove allergens and dust that may be in the mattress, but it won’t eradicate air-born pollens.

Vesna September 18, 2020 - 7:14 PM

How often would you spray the mattress? Would you do it every time you change the sheets – weekly?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 28, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Vesna I would suggest spraying your mattresses once a month – although I probably do it more like once every two months. It’s not necessary to do it weekly though. Hope this helps 🙂 Kat x

Roxana September 21, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Another website mentioned that the spray should be kept in a dark bottle as the light renders the oils ineffective.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 28, 2020 - 3:06 PM

Roxana I have never found this to be an issue, however I store mine in a dark cupboard so that may help too 🙂

Essential Veda December 11, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Excellent post and wonderful blog, this sort of interesting posts I really like, keep it up…

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 5, 2021 - 9:52 AM

Thank you!

Kerry Lamotte April 10, 2021 - 8:49 AM

Hi Kat
Love this idea, I have seperate tea tree and lemon oils, how much of each would you recommend?? 4drops of each? Or would you recommend tea tree being stronger?


Kazz April 11, 2021 - 11:28 AM

I have been using your mattress spray for a few years now. I absolutely love it!! Today is a sunny and windy day so all of our mattresses and pillows have had the Royal DIY treatment. The whole family is walking through the house saying “What is that DELICIOUS smell?” The kids love that this helps their allergies and smells so yummy. Everything feels so fresh and we sleep so well. Thanks Kat!!


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