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.
Adapted from Home Enlightenment, by Annie B. Bond (Rodale Press, 2005).
By Annie B. Bond