Here are all our solutions on how to fight mites with natural remedies.
Dust mites: small “pests” that infest the cushions and wardrobes of our homes but also our carpets. Fearful opponents that can be defeated using common chemical insecticides. Beware, however, of the contraindications for humans: sprays against insects are often harmful to humans, so we also risk poisoning our bodies.
It is better to use natural, equally effective remedies, such as lemon and salt against ants, or basil for flies. Extract from neem oil is also an ideal natural method for keeping mites away from beds. The liquid comes from a tropical tree, Azadirachta Indica, and is a 100% natural product that is mixed with water and put in a spray dispenser, ready to be sprayed on the mattress.
But all this may not be enough. According to a study by a team of researchers in the UK, the pillows we comfortably rest on can harbor potentially dangerous microorganisms, such as staphylococcus, the chickenpox virus and even Escherichia coli, a pathogenic virus responsible for intestinal diseases.
All this is due to the sponge effect exerted by the pillow tissue, but there is a way to combat the phenomenon. And it’s very simple: let your pillows breathe air almost every day, preferably under the sun’s rays. Alternatively, they can be machine washed at high temperature once a month.
The humidity of the body allows the proliferation of small mites and other viruses, while the heat of the sun or the action of hot water are sanitizing.
Solutions for mites
Let’s start with an assumption. The total elimination of mites is in any case impossible, or almost impossible. Their proliferation can be countered. In this regard, it is useful to reduce the humidity level, through a dehumidifier, or by aerating the rooms in the evening hours, when the air is cooler and less humid in the morning. Then, it is necessary to eliminate also the excrements, a sort of dark dust, which is the main cause of asthma, especially in the children.
You can put 2 teabags and warm water in a plastic container with a spray pump. After leaving the sachets in the bottle for a few minutes, spray the resulting liquid onto the mattress and pillows, then let it dry, preferably in sunlight. Any trace of moisture must disappear. This should be repeated every two weeks.
Another important step is to remove the mites inside the vacuum cleaner, vacuuming a wet tea bag inside the machine, before using it on the surfaces. Also in this case the vacuuming operation will be effective if the sachet remains inside for 2 weeks. Then it must be replaced.
Finally, there is the sodium bicarbonate solution. In itself, this substance is a real panacea. In the case of mites, you can spread 3 tablespoons on the surface to be treated, leaving it to work for 2 hours and then vacuum. And voilà… no more mites!
In fact, scientific investigations have shown that bicarbonate crystals have an inhibiting action on the development of parasites. It has been shown that by spreading bicarbonate on the carpet or carpet, you get a reduction of mites up to 79% in 1 hour and 100% in 2 hours.
It is sufficient to vacuum the carpet to eliminate the product: any crystals remaining in the fibres of the fabric will serve to counteract the development of mites until the next cleaning. In addition, the bicarbonate not only lowers the number of mites, but also considerably reduces the eggs.
It is a surprising resource, which also acts dissolved in water: in fact, it is sufficient to immerse a fabric in a solution of water and bicarbonate and, once dry, it will show a decrease in the proliferation of mites up to 84%. This is due to the recrystallization of the bicarbonate on the fabric, which creates an impenetrable barrier.
Mites in the cushions
A very special case, given what we can define as “proximity”, is the mites present in our pillows: mites and bacteria often very harmful. An English study by Sant Barth Hospital, conducted in collaboration with the English National Health Service, reveals that the pillow is a receptacle for 1/3 of mites, secretions, dead skin, bacteria and saliva.
In short, not exactly inviting the idea of sinking for hours on a real germ incubator!
The research was carried out to assess the possibility that a series of infections related to Staphylococcus aureus were caused by the health conditions of this hospital. The results the researchers came up with alert the experts.
Replacing pillowcases frequently and washing the pillow, if specifically provided for by the production label, is of little use: researchers suggest changing the pillow at least every two years, even in the presence of the anti-mite label, as no sterilization will completely solve the problem.
The pillowcase acts as a cloth that paradoxically protects a mass of bacteria that continue to proliferate, also favored by the warm temperatures produced by our body during the night.