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.

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


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Ram Reddy
Ram Reddy3 years ago

Thanks for the info

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J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

good to know

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Emily Drew
Emily Drew5 years ago

Thanks. I use vinegar fro pretty much everything!

Cathleen C.
Cathleen C.5 years ago

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?