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Easy, Eco-Friendly Dust Mite Mop

Easy, Eco-Friendly Dust Mite Mop

If you, or anyone in your family, is allergic to dust, it turns out there are a number of quick fixes. One is that direct sunlight kills dust mites, as does water of 130F or higher, or freezing. The acid/vinegar in this mop formula will not only help deter the dust mites, but will neutralize the parts of the dust mites that are the allergens. This handy mop can be transformed into a dusting rag:

Dust Mite Mop
One part white distilled household vinegar
One part vegetable glycerin (found in health food stores)
Clean, natural-fiber rag/cloth, such as an old cotton or linen dish towel

Combine the liquid ingredients in a bowl, then soak the cloth in the mixture until it is saturated. Wring out the cloth and attach the cloth to the mop, and mop as usual. After use, wash the cloth in very hot water, 130F or higher. The high heat will kill the mites.

Note: Donít overuse vinegar on no-wax floors.

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Adapted from Home Enlightenment, by Annie B. Bond (Rodale Press, 2005).
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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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12:43AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thanks for the info

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9:26AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

good to know

8:30AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Thank you

4:04PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:39PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Thanks. I use vinegar fro pretty much everything!

7:50AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

I've been washing my sheets and pillowcases in hot water for years. Glad to know it may make a difference.

What does the glycerin do? Anyone know?

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