Killing dust mites in non washable items

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Bosisto’s

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My twinnies both have dust mite allergies, which is very common in Australia. They both suffer from it differently, Mr 11’s symptoms are an itchy nose, but Miss 11 gets itchy eyes.  It’s really important that I keep their rooms as clean as possible 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.

About dust mites

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 which 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/woolen underlays
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Curtains
  • Carpet
  • Floor rugs

Controlling dust mites

Thankfully it is possible to reduce the impact that dust mites have in our homes without using harsh chemicals.  I have used the Bosisto’s brand for many years now, and have found their Dust Mite Control Program to be very effective in killing the dust mites and removing the allergens.  The program utilises nature’s ultimate weapon against dust mites – eucalyptus oil, which has . In the late 1990’s, Australian researchers discovered that eucalyptus oil was more effective than the traditional method of killing dust mites in hot water which damages fabric, wastes energy, and is not suitable for non-washable items.

In washable items

I reduced the number of soft teddies the kids have on their bed and in their room, they have wooden blinds rather than curtains and I ensure I regularly clean their doonas, quilts and sheets with Bosisto’s Allergen Laundry Liquid.  Then pillows and soft teddies are washed every month with Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Dust Mite Wash.


In non washable items

Unlike soft teddies and sheets it’s items like mattresses, carpets, curtains, couches, floor rugs etc that prove a little difficult to clean.  My kids mattresses are super heavy and it’s not easy to move them outside and put them in the sunlight (an effective way of killing the mites, but not removing the allergens). Which is why I was really happy to hear about the new Bosisto’s Dust Mite Spray which can be found with the insect sprays at Woolworths.

Simply remove all washable items such as sheets and blankets, hold the Bosisto’s Dust Mite Spray 20cm from the area to be treated and spray with a sweeping motion, approximately 30 seconds for each square metre.  Leave for one to two hours. Then vacuum the area you have just sprayed to remove all the dead dust mites and allergens.  Repeat monthly.

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Don’t forget to get in under the mattress pillow top too.

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Dust Mite Control Program

Steps to help minimise the impact of dust mites in your home:

Step 1: Bosisto’s Dust Mite Wash – a eucalyptus based laundry solution that kills 99% of dust mites on washable items such as bedding and pillow covers.

Step 2: Bosisto’s Dust Mite Spray – provides a second line of defence for washable items but is also ideal for hard to wash and non-washable items such as mattresses, couches, carpet and curtains.

Step 3: Bosisto’s Allergen Laundry Liquid – a dermatologically tested formula to use in between treatments to maintain all washable items, helping to keep dust mites and their allergens under control.

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Did you realise these little creatures could be hiding in your beds?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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Bec @ The Plumbette September 23, 2014 - 8:10 PM

This is good to know Katrina because I use the normal Bosistos Eucalyptus spray on our mattresses. We don’t suffer from eczema or asthma but I just think sleeping with all those mites doesn’t do much for your health anyway. Great post. 🙂

Kim September 23, 2014 - 8:18 PM

That is so helpful about using the Bisistos eculiptos ranges didn’t no they had wash powder ill have to have a look thanks heaps for that trip Dr’s just say to wash sheets in hot water and vacuum bed thank you again

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:48 AM

Ooh no Kim, so much more can be done to kill the little mites, glad this post can help 🙂

Genaya September 24, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Really! I’d be concerned what’s in all these cleaners. Is there an ingredients list available?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:46 AM

They are chemical free Genaya

sanno September 29, 2014 - 9:50 AM

Is it available in USA? We dont have Woolworth in our area any more .

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:47 AM

I’ve just tried searching Sanno and I can’t see that it is sold outside of Australia, sorry.

mary October 1, 2014 - 11:34 AM

i am asthmatic and cannot use eucalyptus what can you suggest instead

Andra July 10, 2015 - 7:12 AM

I’d recommend Norwex Mattress Cleaner. It’s an enzyme based spray that naturally breaks down organic matter. No food means no dust mites. A few sprays on the bed every few months is what I do.

andy October 7, 2014 - 12:09 AM

I realized that the so called “dust mites” are everywhere in my home. This article gives good solutions connected with the elimination of these microbes. I will definitely start washing my children’s fluffy toys more often. Thanks for the advices!

Kate - Kat's Assistant October 8, 2014 - 12:14 PM

Welcome Andy!.:)

Julie-Anne Gorrell July 10, 2015 - 7:56 AM

I used to buy the Bosistos Eucalyptus spray and now can’t find it anywhere…where can you buy these products? Ta!

Shennie April 16, 2016 - 11:53 PM

I have only just discovered this post, and I think it might help my husband soooooo much! I’m finding it hard to keep on top of the dust (need to wash curtains and walls still) but this spray and wash on our bedroom furniture and linen should be great. Thanks!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 18, 2016 - 8:43 AM

yes it will help you with all those big items that are too hard to get into the sunlight or wash. If you don’t have time to wash the curtains you could use it on the curtains.

Jennifer August 2, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Hi Katrina, I’m going to try this on my son’s mattress this week. Its hard when you can’t see them to be reminded they are still there! I was just wondering how you found out your kids were allergic to dust mites? My son is 4 and I’m wondering if he might be allergic or sensitive to them.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 8, 2016 - 12:12 PM

It’s tricky, you can use the beginning of the month as a trigger to remind you to do it. My twinnies have the allergies, both at the time had different symptoms. Miss got itchy eyes and Mr an itchy nose.

Chantel February 18, 2022 - 8:32 PM

Our son is very allergic, we had a blood test and a follow up with skin test with allergist that confirmed blood test results.

Kathryn February 10, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Hi “organized housewife”! Thanks for your information on Bositos for Dust Mites. Do you think that the products would be equally as effective on the Scabies mites? My beautiful home is infected 🙁

Dee July 23, 2021 - 8:31 PM

You will need to see a doctor for scabies. They are mites that get under the skin and you will need to wash all bedding in hot water to kill them. I think vacuuming floors and couches will suffice in taking care of it in addition to a prescription for Quell or whatever they use.

Steve August 24, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Hello, I used this and it works wonders. Now my home is dust mite free.

Christiane November 13, 2017 - 8:35 PM

I just found out i am allergic to dust mites,i like to know using the dust mites laundry liquid only in the wash or I have to add the other laundry liquid also. N what is the difference between the laundry liquid dust mites n laundry liquid dust mites wash thanks

Matthew White April 2, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Should you spray your pillows the same way you spray your mattress .

Matthew White April 2, 2018 - 11:38 PM

i have a tempur pillow and they advise not to wash them .


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