Sometimes we get so caught up with our busy schedules that we end up pulling back some of our chores, assuming they are not much important.
Washing or changing bed linen, for example; we might assume they are mostly clean because we shower before bed, and we can change them once in a while. That’s a huge mistake.
In fact, according to Reference.com, “Humans lose between 30,000 and 40,000 skin cells every hour. During a 24-hour period, a person loses almost a million skin cells.”
That being said, we have learned that our bedding carries millions of shred skin from our bodies. And that is not all! Not to mention sweat and oils from our bodies, residue of body lotion and fragrances we use, and other fluids produced by our bodies (saliva, secretion, genital fluids).
Some people also eat in bed, dropping small particles of food. And for those who have and sleep with pets, there are much more to add up.
Yes, I know! Let’s stop over there. It sounds quite distasteful for us, but it is the perfect environment for microorganisms to live and proliferate.
One of those microorganisms is the dust mite, great precursor of allergic reactions.
The American Lung Association alerts that “hundreds of thousands of dust mites can live in the bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets or curtains in your home. They feed on the dead human skin cells found in dust.”
With this in mind, we should consider washing our bed linen more often to prevent the arising of those undesirable microorganisms that cause harm to our health.
So, How Often Should You Wash Bedding?
It is recommended to wash bedding once a week. However, consider that if you or your partner have excessive sweating or have pets sharing the bed, you should wash your bed sheets at more often.
Other than washing your bedding more often, Zesty Maids also suggests using mattress covers to protect your mattress from hosting the microorganisms.
In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends using zippered allergen-resistant or plastic covers for bedding, washing bedding in water at least 130F degrees every week, and drying them in the hot cycle to make sure you get rid of dust mites.
Overall, this is our tip for today. We, Zesty Maids want to share insightful information with you because we believe we can help many people to improve their health by changing a few things in their lifestyle.
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