Have you ever thought about what could be living in your mattress? While you may change your sheets regularly, your mattress could harbor many bacteria, dust mites, and other allergens. One way to combat this is using a homemade mattress spray with essential oils. Not only does it leave your mattress smelling fresh and clean, but it can also have added health benefits. This article will show you how to make your homemade mattress spray with essential oils.
Why Use Essential Oils for a Mattress Spray?
Before we dive into the recipe, let's talk about why essential oils are a great choice for a mattress spray. Essential oils have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties, and they can also be used as natural cleaning agents.
They have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which makes them perfect for cleaning your mattress. Additionally, essential oils can help promote relaxation and reduce stress, leading to a better night's sleep.
Benefits of Using Homemade Mattress Spray
A homemade mattress spray with essential oils can benefit your health and well-being beyond just cleaning and freshening your mattress. This section will expand on these benefits and discuss them in more detail.
Reduces Allergens and Irritants
Many people suffer from allergies or asthma, which can be aggravated by allergens and irritants in their mattresses. Dust mites, pet dander, and pollen are just a few of the common allergens that can be found in mattresses. By using a mattress spray with essential oils that have antibacterial and antifungal properties, you can reduce the number of allergens and irritants in your mattress.
For example, tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant that can kill bacteria and fungi, while peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve allergy symptoms. Using a mattress spray with essential oils can help create a cleaner and healthier sleeping environment, leading to better overall health.
Promotes Relaxation and Better Sleep
Sleep is essential for good health and well-being, and a mattress spray with essential oils can help promote relaxation and better sleep. Certain essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, are known for their relaxing properties and can help to calm the mind and body.
Lavender oil has been shown to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, while chamomile oil can help to reduce stress and promote sleep. By using a mattress spray containing these oils, you can create a more relaxing environment in your bedroom, leading to better sleep.
Saves Money and Reduces Waste
Making your mattress spray with essential oils can also save you money and reduce waste. Many commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can harm your health and the environment. Using natural ingredients, you may already have at home can create a safer and more eco-friendly alternative.
Additionally, making your mattress spray can be more cost-effective than purchasing expensive commercial products. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a mattress spray that is just as effective, if not more so, than store-bought products.
Eliminate Dust Mites
You may not know it, but unwanted guests live in your home. Who or what are they? Well, they are dust mites. Dust mites are close relatives of ticks and spiders. They are microscopic, meaning they are too small and can only be seen with a microscope. These insect-like pests thrive in warm and humid environments.
Dust mites feed on flakes of dead skin or dander shed by people and pets at home. These tiny creatures can live on house dust, mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets, and curtains.
Unfortunately, dust mites cannot be eliminated even if our home is very clean. That’s why some people, especially children, have dust mite allergies. It is an allergic reaction to these tiny pests. Some common symptoms of dust mite allergy are sneezing and runny nose. Some people with dust mite allergy can also experience asthma signs, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. Other dust mite allergy symptoms are itchy eyes, nasal congestion, itchy nose, cough, facial pressure, and pain.
How to Make a DIY Mattress Spray for Dust Mites
It’s also very important to keep linens and mattresses clean. When washing linens, add a few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to the wash. This can naturally deter dust mites and keep the linen fresh and clean.
Essential oils can also be used to make natural mattress spray. While you are washing the linens, you can spray the mattress spray onto the bed. This will absorb odors, ward off dust mites and keep the mattress smelling clean and fresh.
The good thing about making your mattress spray is using natural ingredients that are perfectly safe for the family, especially for children. Vinegar can help deodorize the mattress and is a mild natural disinfectant. Eucalyptus essential oil can clean surfaces because of its purifying properties. Lavender essential oil is famous for its antibacterial properties and can encourage peaceful sleep when used on the mattress. Peppermint essential oil is an effective bug-repellent. All these ingredients blend well to make a fantastic mattress spray to keep dust mites away.
Things you will need:
- 500 mL spray bottle
- 1 cup cooled boiled water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 8 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Pour water and vinegar into the spray bottle.
Add eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint essential oils and shake well.
Spray directly onto the mattress and allow to sit for a few hours to air dry.
Vacuum the top and sides of the mattress to remove dust, dirt, dust mites, dead skin cells, and hair.
Preventive Strategy for Dust Mites
We cannot fully get rid of dust mites, but we can take some actions to reduce them. Some preventive strategies for dust mites are:
- Maintain humidity levels at or below 50% by using a dehumidifier or air conditioner at home.
- Use dust-proof or allergen-impermeable covers or cases for mattresses and pillows.
- To kill dust mites, wash all bedding and blankets once a week in hot water. (130-140 degrees Fahrenheit.)
- Do not use a dry cloth to remove dust. This will stir up mite allergens. Use a damp mop or rag instead.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a double-layered microfilter bag or a HEPA filter to trap allergens such as dust mites.
Additional Tips and Tricks
These tips will help you enhance the effectiveness and longevity of your spray and provide some ideas for customizing the scent to your liking.
- Be sure to use high-quality essential oils to ensure their potency and effectiveness.
- If you don't like the smell of vodka or rubbing alcohol, you can substitute it with witch hazel.
- Store your spray in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to make it last longer.
- You can also add other essential oils, such as lemon, orange, or grapefruit, for an added scent boost.
- Be sure to label your spray bottle with the date you made it to track when it needs to be replaced.
Using a homemade mattress spray with essential oils can benefit your health and well-being. It can reduce allergens and irritants in your mattress, promote relaxation and better sleep, save you money and reduce waste. Using natural ingredients can create a safer and more eco-friendly alternative to commercial cleaning products. So why not give it a try and see the benefits for yourself?
Making your homemade mattress spray with essential oils is not only easy and cost-effective but can also have added health benefits. Using natural ingredients, you can clean your mattress without harsh chemicals, leaving it smelling fresh and clean. Essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, making them perfect for cleaning and disinfecting your mattress. Remember to subscribe to our newsletter for more helpful and exciting tips on staying clean, smelling good, and living a happier life!
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