Say Goodbye to Dust Mites and Hello to a Cleaner Mattress

DIY: Use These Two Ingredients to Say Goodbye to Dust Mites and Hello to a Cleaner Mattress


You often sanitize your counters, scrub your bathroom, and vacuum your floors—but how often do you clean your mattress?

Most people spend around eight hours every night on their mattress and are completely unaware that they could be sharing their bed with millions of dust mites.

Dust mites are tiny bugs that are so small they can only be seen with a microscope. They stay alive by eating human skin flakes and thrive in a warm and humid environment. Ideal environments for dust mites usually include mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, and fabric-covered items.

Dust mites can even cause an allergic reaction in some individuals that is similar to hay fever and asthma, making it difficult to breathe, or can even cause sneezing or a runny nose.

A simple way to rid dust mites is to clean your mattress, carpet, and upholstered furniture using just baking soda and essential oils.

According to this study, dust mites can be killed by using peppermint, eucalyptus or wintergreen essential oil. When combined with baking soda, which absorbs moisture, deodorizes and sanitizes, this powerhouse duo can be an extremely effective, natural, and non-toxic household cleaner.


What You Need:

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1 cup baking soda (enough for a queen size mattress)

10  drops dōTERRA essential oil

Mason jar with lid



How to Clean Your Mattress:

1- Remove bed linens and wash them in hot water.

2- Add the baking soda and essential oils to a Mason jar. Shake to evenly distribute the oils.

Editor’s note: Use an essential oil that will help further repel dust mites, such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, or Rosemary.

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3- Put the baking soda mixture into the sifter and sift across your mattress. (You may need to double your baking soda mixture depending on the size of your mattress).

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4- Leave the mixture on your mattress for at least an hour. The longer you leave it, the better the results.

5- Once the mixture has been on the mattress for at least an hour, use your vacuum hose to remove the mixture from the mattress.

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6- Make your bed with clean sheets and enjoy the fresh smell of your mattress. Repeat every 2-3 months, or as often as needed.

Editor’s note: To deep clean your carpet or upholstered furniture, mix together the baking soda and essential oils and sift onto whatever area you are cleaning. Let it sit for at least one hour and then vacuum. It’s easyand effective!





Essential Oils for Insect/Bug Bites & Stings…

doTERRA Essential Oil Support For 

Insect/ Bug Bites & Stings

Stings and bites from insects are common. They often result in redness and swelling in the injured area. Sometimes a sting can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Insects do not usually attack unless they are provoked. Most bites and stings are defensive. The insects sting to protect their hives or nests.

A sting or bite injects venom composed of proteins and other substances that may trigger an allergic reaction in the victim. The sting also causes redness and swelling at the site of the sting.

  • Bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants are members of the Hymenoptera family. Bites or stings from these species may cause serious reactions in people who are allergic to them. Death from bee stings is 3-4 times more common than death from snake bites (for more information, see stings of bees and wasps). Bees, wasps, and fire ants differ in how they inflict injury.
    • When a bee stings, it loses the entire injection apparatus (stinger) and actually dies in the process. A wasp can inflict multiple stings because it does not lose its injection apparatus after it stings.
    • Fire ants inject their venom by using their mandibles (the biting parts of their jaw) and rotating their bodies. They may inject venom many times.
  • In contrast, bites from mosquitoes typically do not cause significant illnesses, unless they convey “vectors,” or microorganisms that actually live within these mosquitoes. For instance, malaria is caused by an organism that spends part of its life cycle in a particular species of mosquitoes. West Nile virus is another disease spread by a mosquito.
  • Other types of insects, bites, and diseases
    • Lice can transmit epidemic relapsing fever, caused by spirochetes.
    • Various mosquitoes spread viral diseases (such as equine encephalitis;dengue and yellow fever in humans and other animals).
    • Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses through their bites or stings.
    • Other insects such as chiggers and mites typically cause self-limited localized itchiness and swelling.
    • Serious bites from spiders, which are not insects, can be from the black widow or brown recluse

The response to a sting or bite from insects is variable and depends on a variety of factors. Most bites and stings result in pain, swelling, redness, and itching to the affected area. The skin may be broken and become infected if the bite area is scratched. If not treated properly, these local infections may become severe and cause a condition known as cellulitis.

You may experience a severe reaction beyond the immediate area of the sting if you are allergic to the bite or sting. This is known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of a severe reaction include hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, unconsciousness, and even death within 30 minutes. If you notice a severe reaction taking place, contact 911 or your local emergency center immediately.

dōTERRA products are safe to use on all ages.


doTERRA Essential Oil Insect / Bug Bite Support:

General Bite/Sting Itching 

Apply 1-2 drops of Lavender Oil 


Bees, Wasps & Hornet Stings:

First: Remove the stinger, and apply a cold compress with Roman Chamomile Oil to the area for 1-2 hours.

Make a blend of equal parts (use as many of the following oils as possible) : Roman Chamomile Oil, Purify Oil Blend, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Peppermint Oil and Thyme Oil – Apply 1-2 drops of blend on area 2-3 times a day until symptoms disappear.


Gnats & Midges:

Mix 3 drops Thyme Oil in 1 tsp cider vinegar or pure lemon juice. Apply to bites to stop initial irritation.

Make a blend of Lavender Oil and TerraShield Oil Blend – apply 1-2 drops to bite area 1-2 times a day until symptoms disappear.



Make a blend of equal parts Eucalyptus Oil , TerraShield Oil Blend, Rosemary Oil, Melaleuca Oil, Geranium Oil and Lemon Oil – Rub 2-3 drops of mix into scalp 3 times a day and apply to bottom of feet, nightly. 



Make a blend of TerraShield Oil Blend, Patchouli Oil and Lavender Oil (If Helichrysum Oil  is available, add as well) – Apply 1-2 drops on feet and over existing bites. 

Add 3-5 drops of mix to 1 Tbs. Fractionated Coconut Oil, and apply to exposed skin to avoid further bites.

Add 3-5 drops to  1-2 oz distilled water in a small spray bottle, shake well, and mist onto the skin or into small openings where bugs may come through.

Diffuse blend in the air. Place 1-2 drop on small ribbons, strings or cloth, and hang around outdoor area to help repel mosquitoes.



Make a blend of equal parts Basil Oil, Purify Oil Blend, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lemon Oil, Peppermint Oil and Thyme Oil – Apply 1-2 drops to affected area as a cold compress… hold for 1-2 hours.



Make a blend of equal parts Patchouli Oil, Veviter Oil and Clove Oil – Apply oil mix around foundation and to soil around wood structures to help repel termites. Also diffuse in the area.



Do not apply mineral oil, Vaseline or anything else to remove the tick as this may cause it to inject poison into the wound.

Be sure to remove the entire tick. Get as close to the mouth as possible, and firmly tug on the tick until it releases its grip. Don’t twist. If available, use a magnifying glass to make sure that you have removed the entire tick. 

Save the tick in a jar, and label it with the date, where you were bitten on your body, and the location or address where you were bitten for the proper identification by your doctor, especially if you develop Lyme Disease symptoms.

Do not handle the tick and wash hands immediately. 

After getting the tick out, apply 1 drop of Lavender Oil every 5 minutes for 30 minutes.


General Bug Repellent:

Blend 1:

Combine 5 drops Lavender Oil, 5 drops Lemongrass Oil, 3 drops Peppermint Oil and 1 drop Thyme Oil.  Apply to feet, add to 1 cup water in spray bottle and apply using a fine mist over body. Or place drops of this blend on ribbons or strings and tie near windows or around picnic or camping area.

Blend 2:

Combine equal parts Clove Oil, Lemon Oil, and Orange Oil  – apply 2-3 drops on exposed skin.

Blend 3:

Place 5 drops Lemon Oil and 5 drops Purify Oil Blend/ or TerraShield Oil Blend in a small spray bottle with distilled water. Shake well, and mist on your skin to help protect against insects, flies & mosquitoes.

Also can diffuse blend in the air.



All-Natural Bug Repellent that Works!

DoTerra Essential Oil:

Bug Repellent

Sending kids off to summer camp? Spending time outdoors? You will definitely need a strong bug repellent to keep the bugs at bay. Insects, such as mosquitos and ticks, can be more than just annoying—they can transmit diseases. It’s important to protect yourself and your kids so that you don’t become a feeding frenzy for insects or risk becoming a carrier for pathogens.

How to choose a safe, effective bug repellent:
Most bug repellents found on the market contain a chemical known as DEET, which has known toxic effects, including seizures and death. The safer choice is to go with an all-natural formula that contains plant-based ingredients that are highly effective and nontoxic.

Studies have shown that essential oils, such as eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass are highly effective nontoxic alternatives to DEET. dōTERRA’s TerraShield Repellent Blend is a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils including lemon,  citronellaeucalyptus, lemongrass, and 12 other carefully balanced oils blended in a base of 100% pure fractionated coconut oil. This blend can be used safely by the entire family, and reapplied every 4-6 hours for maximum protection.


How to Use TerraShield Repellent Blend:
Apply several drops all-natural super-concentrated TerraShield to exposed skin and openings in clothing before outdoor activity. Reapply every 4-6 hours or as needed.



Our Favorite Tips from our Fans:
1. Spray the oil (a few drops mixed with water) on windowsills to prevent bugs from getting into the house. (Submitted by Rosa O.)

2. If someone (who isn’t using TerraShield) gets stung by a bee or wasp, apply TerraShield to the bite to reduce the swelling and redness. (Submitted by Deena S.)

3. Add TerraShield to a homemade all-natural lotion base and apply to skin. (Submitted by Melit C.)

4. Spritz it in the basement to repel the spiders. (Submitted by Shauna M.)

5. Put a few drops in the water you use for plants and flowers to eliminate bugs and flies. (Submitted by Alicia G.)

6. Use a drop on each ankle and wrist. (Submitted by Karalie V.)

7. Use it in the kitchen to repel ants. Add 25 drops to a spray bottle with a drop of dish detergent, then spray on surface. (Submitted by Brenda L.)

8. Spray around vegetables/fruit that attract fruit flies on the kitchen counter. (Submitted by Stephanie F.)

9. Mix with fractionated coconut oil and put around neck, ears, and wrists. (Submitted by Jennifer B.)

10. I have used it on my family when we are outside and I also use it on my horses. It is great to rub on the inside of the horses’ ears and put a few drops down their back. It is great and it smells great. (Submitted by Amy M.)



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