Kill Bed Bugs and Mites in the Wash

Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive is available from our staff at the time of service and from this website.


Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive is designed to kill bed bugs in your bedding, clothing, etc. Eliminating bed bugs from your bedding and clothing is a critical step in ending their infestation. Bed bugs are commonly carried on clothing from place to place thus spreading their infestations to other rooms, furniture, cars, houses, even to your workplace.


There is a lot of controversy surrounding the hot water/clothes dryer temperature which will kill bed bugs, but it is a fact that bed bugs attach themselves to bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, clothing and any other fabric material. The professionals that specialize in laundering clothing that has been exposed to bed bugs tell us that bed bugs can be killed by exposure to heat, but they must be exposed to a temperature of at least 130° F for a minimum of 35 minutes. This means that the water in the washing machine must be well above 130° F because the water cools down immediately as it hits the clothes and the tub inside the washer. The same concept applies to the dryer; the wet clothes take a very long time to heat up. The problem is compounded by the fact that residential hot water rarely exceeds 130° F, and then you have all those delicate items that must be washed in cold or warm water. To this end, you need to wash ALL your bedding and clothing often using Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive, which will kill the bed bugs in cold or hot water but not harm or stink-up your clothes.


To Use:

  1. Use 1 to 2 Tablespoons (½ ounce to 1 ounce) in the wash depending on load size.
  2. As washer fills with water, add Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive
  3. Add bedding or clothing.

Tip: Many of our customers have found that adding one ounce of Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive per gallon of mop water kills bed bugs and mites on their floor. Clean your floors and kill the bugs, all in one easy step! Read the article Other Uses for Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive to learn about other uses for this product.


About the Ingredients

Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive is formulated from all natural food grade ingredients that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) - 85% pure Eastern Red Cedar Oil and 15% Ethyl Lactate. There are no artificial fragrances, colorants or preservatives and no animal by-products or harmful animal testing.

Eastern Red Cedar Oil is extracted from a species of juniper found in North America east of the Great Plains called Juniperus virginiana. The oil is distilled from the trunk and branches, and is considered safe by the US FDA as a food additive.
Ethyl Lactate is an emulsifier made from biological sources and is found naturally in small quantities in a wide variety of foods including wine, chicken, and various fruits.


Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive is classified as a Minimum Risk Pesticide by the EPA and qualifies for exemption from registreation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.


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