We spend a third of our lives sleeping, which means that we are in bed for exactly that amount of time. If you spend a lot of time in one place, it is important to make sure that it is clean. Your bed is full of many things that you may not even know about, and if you do not keep it clean, then the threat to your health is very significant. What’s in our bed?
If you had the opportunity to examine the bed under a microscope, you would probably be at least surprised and maybe even shocked. Almost every bed contains dust mites, which are microscopic organisms that feed on dead skin cells. This “little thing” lives, dies, and reproduces on the bed on which you sleep, so the only chance to protect yourself from them is to wash the bedclothes regularly. Otherwise, you may start to suffer from allergies, and your immune system may noticeably decrease.
However, dust mites are not the only inhabitants of our bed:
- Dead Skin Cells. Our body loses about a million skin cells a day, so some of them “go away” during sleep. Unfortunately, dead skin cells are a favorite food for dust mites.
- Our body produces natural oils during sleep, which eventually remains on the bed linen.
- If you are too hot at night, then naturally to cool down our body sweats.
- Bodily Fluid. Saliva, blood, urine, and body fluids from sexual intercourse are all left on the sheets.
- Crumbs of Food. If you suddenly want to eat while lying in bed, then for sure small particles of food will remain on the sheet, which is still asking to be eaten by dust mites.
How often should the bed linen be washed?
If you wash your bed once a month, don’t even think about doing it less often. You should at least wash it once every 2 weeks, and the ideal option is every week. As for pillows, they need to be washed at least 2 times a year because pillows can contain mold, yeast, and bacteria, which cause diarrhea, asthma, and bronchitis. If you have never washed a pillow, then you should think about buying a new one.
It is worth noting that if you are caring for a sick person, you should change the bed linen daily to not sleep in a bed full of germs. If you can’t change your underwear every day, at least change your pillowcases every day.
How to wash bed linen?
Sheets and duvet covers
- Wash them in hot soapy water and let them dry on the dryer;
- Do not wash them with your clothes;
- If there are stains on the sheets, then remove them with a special tool before washing;
- To naturally whiten white sheets, add 1/4 Cup of lemon juice to the water;
- Use medium and low temperatures when washing and drying, as high temperatures can weaken the fabric fibers.
- Wool blankets need to be washed in cold water, and when drying, place them at the lowest level of the dryer;
- Electric blankets should not be given to dry cleaners because solvents can damage the wiring;
- If you do not want to wash the blanket often, then between washes, clean it with a vacuum cleaner from dust and fibers;
- Make sure that there are no damaged seams on the blanket before washing.
Blankets and bedspreads
- Check before washing the blanket for whether it sheds or not. If so, it is better to give it to the dry cleaner;
- Wash the blankets in cold water and dry them at a shallow temperature. Or hang it on a clothesline and let it air dry.
- Wash your pillowcases in cold water and dry them at low temperatures;
- Whisk your pillows daily to get rid of dust and dead skin cells;
- Hang your pillows outside often to air them out.