Febreze is known for its odor-eliminating products, but did you know that the popular brand also offers allergen spray that kills dust mites? Some of these products may have been discontinued, but a search at Amazon will get you the “Allergen Reducer’ line of Febreze products.
Little introduction is needed for the Febreze brand. Not only it is a household name in North America, but the Procter & Gamble owned brand is available around the world. Its main products have been air refreshers that target various areas and household items.
Febreze Sprays For Dust Mites
A couple of allergen-reducing products was introduced by Febreze but has since been discontinued. These products, while not available at official Febreze websites, can still be bought at Amazon. Here are the mentioned Febreze allergen reducer sprays.
1. Febreze Fabric Allergen Reducer
Like typical Febreze products, this allergen reducer spray helps to eliminate odor. But with its Trap & Lock technology, Febreze claims that the spray could kill up to 95% of allergens including dust mites.
While there isn’t any data that shows its effectiveness, customers have been raving about the positive results in reducing allergen.
2. Febreze Air Effects Allergen Reducer
Febreze also introduced an air spray that helps to remove allergens from the air while refreshing the air with a gentle scent. You can use the air spray to eliminate dust mites that have been sent airborne, particularly when you’re making your bed.
Is Febreze Effective In Killing Dust Mites?
Will spraying the Febreze allergen reducing refresher help in reducing dust mites and subsequently making the allergies symptoms better?
There aren’t any studies conducted by third-party researchers in evaluating the effectiveness of Febreze allergen sprays in killing dust mites. However, its allergen reducer sprays are certified ‘Asthma & Allergy Friendly’ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Judging by reviews from individuals who have used the spray, it is fair to say that Febreze does help to reduce allergens to a certain extent.
Safety Concerns On Febreze Allergy Reducers
Like any Febreze products, there isn’t a detail list of ingredients being shown at the label of the spray. But there aren’t any complaints of immediate side effects from using Febreze spray. Febreze has claimed that its products are safe to use around humans and pets.
But when you’re a fan of natural remedies, it’s worth taking a detailed look into the composition of the spray. Febreze is being transparent about the ingredients that go into the different types of spray, although it doesn’t specify the quantity involved.
You can check out this page for lists of ingredients used in Febreze products. There are some chemicals involved in producing the products. For example, you’ll find Benzisothiazolinone and Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride amongst other components.
Benzisothiazolinone is often used as a preservative and has anti-microbial properties while Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride is applied as a disinfectant. The latter component may cause health issues such as lung inflammation, even on minimal exposure.
EWG, a non-profit that provides scientific information on cleaning products, has a rather negative report on the Febreze Fabric Allergen Reducer.
Alternatives To Using Febreze For Killing Dust Mites
While the debate on safety vs. efficacy of Febreze rages on, I prefer sticking with natural remedies where dust mites are concerned. After all, I’m never fond of non-organic air fresheners. It may be true that natural solutions may take longer time in killing dust mites, but you’ll be at ease as there are no possibilities of latent health effects.
If you’re considering Febreze-alternatives, I’ll suggest trying these products:
1. Essential Oils
Eucalyptus oil is widely recommended in killing dust mites. However, the lesser-known clove-oil is proven to be most effective in putting an end to the microscopic pests. This was demonstrated in a study comparing the effect of six different types of essential oils on dust mites mortality.
To use essential oils, you’ll need to get a UV-protected spray bottle that keeps the anti-microbial properties of the oil intact. Fill the bottle with water and add a few drops of clove oil into the bottle. Gently shake the bottle and start spraying on fabrics or other surfaces that may have dust mites.
2. Natural Dust Mites Spray
If you don’t want the hassle of making DIY essential oil sprays, you can opt for natural sprays that are equally effective in killing dust mites. These dust mite sprays are made of biodegradable ingredients that are non-toxic for both humans and the earth.
Ultimately, using Febreze to kill dust mites is a personal choice. But it remains a fact that it’s only part of a greater strategy in reducing dust mites. You’ll still need to keep your home and bedroom clean. Humidity control is also crucial in preventing dust mites from growing.
Febreze or not, I hope you find this article useful in getting dust mites problems under control.