Your sheets might seem clean, but consider this fact from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “the average adult person may shed up to 1.5 grams of skin in a day. This is enough to feed one million dust mites!”
In addition to sweat, skin oils, and saliva, your bed sheets could be harboring millions of dust mites and if you have allergies, this could be making them worse. To get rid of these mites, consider changing or washing your bed sheets once a week.
Here are some tips to get the cleanest sheets.
- Wash sheets in water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill dust mites.
- Use the regular or normal setting on the washer.
- If you have recently been sick, then your water needs to be 140 – 150 degrees Fahrenheit to kill germs.
- Don’t over fill your machine. Dingy or grey-looking whites, or sheets that twist into ropes, indicate an over-filled washer. Be sure to allow plenty of room for your items inside the washer to circulate.
Don’t Forget Your Pillows
It’s recommended to wash pillows once every six months.
Wash pillows in a set to help balance out the load.
Wash down and feather-filled pillows on the gentle cycle and tumble dry with a few dryer or tennis balls to keep the filling from clumping. Make sure the pillows are completely dry before putting them back on the bed.
If your pillows smell less than fresh, but you cannot wash them, simply spritz the pillows with vodka to destroy odors.