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Our bodies usually shed skin cells, toxins, and even oil during that night. You might not see it the next day, but you can probably smell it. That sweaty and greasy stuff you smell on your pillow, blanket, and bedding in the morning is a mixture of all those things, which is, needless to say, not pleasant. You then combine this with humidity, the perfect environment for bacteria, viruses, and insects to breed and multiply.
Of course, nobody wants this. All of us want to sleep on a clean bed to have a better night’s sleep and be prepared for the next day. If you know you’re not lying on clean sheets, you will be too uncomfortable to sleep. But how do you exactly clean your bedding? Here are some tips on how to clean your bedding.
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You Might be Washing Your Bedding Too Often
If you’re washing your bedding every week, it turns out that you can cut yourself some slack. Sheets, pillows, and duvet covers should be regularly washed or at least every two weeks.
Of course, you can do it whenever but the recommended schedule for your wash day should be two weeks at least. Now you have more time to spend with your partner, be it a fancy meal with dinner candles and wine or a marathon of your favorite horror movies.
Don’t Overwhelm Your Machine
It can be very tempting to throw in the sheets, pillow slips, and blankets inside the washing machine. However, it’s a bad idea. Your machine could be overwhelmed, resulting in it needing to clean everything well. We recommend putting in the light stuff first, like the blankets and the pillow slips. You can then put in the heavier ones first, like the duvet cover, comforter, and quilt.
Also, ensure that you’re not putting over stuff in the washing machine and the bedding since it can leach colors into your bedding. This is especially true if your bedding has a light color. You don’t want to sleep in a Picasso-esque bed. If you do, then suit yourself.
Measure Out Your Detergent Correctly
Most of the time, people just put in their detergents based on feelings. However, just feeling things out with your detergent might lead to disaster. Too much detergent can cause excess water or even lead to an eventual build-up in your machine’s pipes. This can spell disaster since it can damage your machine severely.
When it comes to picking detergents, most detergents nowadays can apply to linen and cotton sheets. However, it would help if you also tried to accommodate silk and satin sheets. Luckily for you, there are a lot of brands that can do so. But back to the topic, how much detergent should you use?
A good rule of thumb is to use 2 ounces (1/4 cup) or half a cup full of detergent for a regular-sized load of bedding. You could use 4 ounces if you think your load is heavy. Most people would recommend fabric softener, but we recommend skipping it. It can weaken the fabric permanently, making it lose.
Keep the Temperature Low
A lower temperature is best if you’re washing bedding. Most linens are sensitive, so that higher temperatures can cause massive shedding or fraying. If you need to know what temperature you should wash them in, there are usually instructions on their tag. Still, that information is usually on the internet if it isn’t available. But if you want to avoid doing that, the best temperature we recommend is 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Vacuum Your Mattress
We got you if you also want to know how to clean your mattress. It’s very easy with the help of a strong vacuum, specifically. Mattresses benefit from being vacuumed. You could also try to wash it, but that job is reserved for professionals.
For now, a vacuum can do the job if you think your mattress is already full of dust, mites, and other allergens. You can even make a little discovery and use a vacuum with a transparent receptacle to see how much dirt and foreign substances are in your mattress. Suddenly, having lint is fine now.
Ask the Professionals
This might come off as selling out, but if you want to avoid getting your hands dirty or if you think the problem is already out of your control, you could always seek professionals’ help. This is especially true if you need more time to clean them because of your schedule. It’s okay to ask for help sometimes, especially if you have the money. We’re all busy.
Cleaning your bedding might be as simple as it may seem, but it’s far from it. If you want a thorough clean, there are a lot of ways that you can do it. Or you could have someone else clean them for you. In any case, having a clean bed means better sleep quality and a very refreshed feeling in the morning.