Much Ado About Bedding
Did you know that the average consumer washes their sheets every two weeks? According to the Ohio State University entomology department, house dust mites, which are commonly found in mattresses and pillows, collect in your bedsheets because it’s the easiest place to source dead skin cells. Gross as it may sound, dust mites are a natural part of our shedding of skin cells since they feed on them, but they can also be the source of serious allergies for many Americans – and over time, if not kept in check, dead dust mites and their waste accumulates in our bedding, as well as stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. So let’s do something about that bedding!
To keep your bedding clean and fresh, try to wash your sheets once a week — never letting them go longer than two weeks. Wash them according to their care labels, using hot water in the cycle if you can to kill bacteria and fungi.
If you have the outdoor space (sorry apartment dwellers), hanging the sheets to dry during warm months is ideal. Sunshine is a great natural disinfectant and also whitens your sheets. If they can withstand it, dry your bedclothes with the highest setting in the dryer. It also lowers the microbe count a bit, ensuring that your bedding comes out as clean as it can — and that your bed is as fresh as possible.
Good cleaning practices are essential for a good night’s sleep. Regardless of whether you decide to clean your bedding at home or have it professionally dry-cleaned, an extra level of protection can be added to bedding by treating the fabric and fibers with a built-in antimicrobial technology. It can provide further protection against the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew. The technology is applied during the manufacturing process and works continuously to create an inhospitable environment for the growth of harmful microbes. Cleaner, fresher bedding all day, every day!