Some gross facts you wish you can unlearn about your bedroom and dust mites:
1. You sleep with 1.5 million dust mites every night.
If this fact gives you the heebie-jeebies there is some good news – throwing your bedding back when you get up in the morning to allow some moisture to evaporate and to air everything out might cut down on this count.
2. Pillows collect a lot of dust mites and dead skin over the years.
In fact, a 10-ounce pillow will double in weight in three years thanks to the collection of these lovely things. One way to maintain pillows is by putting them in your washing machine regularly and tossing them if after folding them in half, they don’t spring back into shape.
3. Unfortunately, your bed collects a lot mites, too.
According to Dreams (a UK mattress specialist), an eight-year-old mattress contains more than 10 pounds of dead skin cells. To clean your mattress, use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over the top, sides and as much of the box spring as you can access.
4. Your PJ’s harbor nasty bacteria.
A survey by mattress company Ergoflex found that on average women wear their pajamas 17 nights in a row. Since you shed skin at a vast rate, these cells could harbor certain microorganisms and bacteria, like staphylococcus (eek!). To avoid this wash your nighttime garb every three days.
5. People produce 26 gallons of sweat in bed every year.
Which in a high humidity room is a “ideal fungal culture medium” — and, to us, screams “odors.” To battle smells, spray your mattress and box spring with a spray, like Lysol. It’s safe to use on fabric and kills bacteria that causes odors.
6. Sleeping with your pet could make you sick — or give you a parasite.
According to public and veterinary health expert Dr. Jane Heller of Charles Sturt University, any close contact with your pet carries some risk of infection. You could wash your bedding more often than once a week — or you could set up some boundaries for your fluffy friend.
7. The carpet contains 4,000 times more bacteria than your toilet.
Try not to think about this the next time you tip toe across your rug at night. To care for these plush surfaces vacuum them once every week to prevent build-up. If you don’t vacuum, heavy dirt gets ground in and light dust sits on top of the carpet.
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