Feeding off dead skin cells that your body naturally sheds, dust mites lay on average 20 to 30 eggs a week. Living in fabric and fibers found in carpeting, bedding, mattresses and curtains, dust mites will cause you allergy symptoms to flare up. Furthermore, the excess skin cells that the dust mites feed on can cause your room to smell musty and stale. Fortunately, several methods will remove the dust mites and their smell.
Remove the dust mites by laundering bedding and curtains with 1/4 cup laundry detergent and several drops of eucalyptus oil. Wash the items on the hottest water temperature allowed for that specific fabric. Hang the bedding and curtains outside on a warm, sunny day to air dry.
Mix 30 drops of eucalyptus oil and 1 cup vodka in a spray bottle. Spray mattresses, pillows, carpeting and upholstery with the mixture. Let the mixture air dry on the item.
Open the windows and doors in the room to help remove the dust mite smell and freshen the stale air. Use fans to help push the stale odor out of the room.
Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let sit for 30 minutes. The baking soda will freshen the carpeting and remove trapped odors. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter attached to remove the baking soda off the carpet.