What if we told you the place you spend approximately one-third of your life is crawling with germs, bacteria and dust mites? Sadly, some of the nastiness is pretty unavoidable, but that doesn't mean a little cleaning can't hurt. These are the dirty truths about your nighttime sanctuary and how to try to rid them from your room.
1. You sleep with 1.5 million dust mites every night.
Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lap at the Good Housekeeping Institute, says 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. The carpet can contain 4,000 times more bacteria than your toilet.
Just try not to think about this the next time you tip toe across your rug at night. To care for these plush surfaces, we recommend vacuuming them once every week to prevent build-up: If you don't vacuum, heavy dirt gets ground in and light dust sits on top. For tiles or wooden floors we recommend using the Dry Yellow Floor Pad as a Pre-Cleaner to pick up loose dirt, dust and fluff from all floors. It is also effective on walls and ceilings. Use an S motion and its natural static electricity will collect and remove the material.
3. Your phone is dirtier than your porcelain throne, too.
Yes, the thing you put against your face, under your pillow (though you shouldn't!) and rest on your nightstand. Clean your phone regulary without smearing anything on it. Simply water and a Spectacle Cloth will do a fantastic job.
4. Pillows collect a lot of dust mites and dead skin over the years.
In fact, a 250g 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 (please check your individual care instructions) and tossing them if after folding them in half, they don't spring back into shape. Our natural laundry powder Saponella is manufactured from a naturally occurring soapstone. It does not contain any lighteners, bleaches, starch, enzymes, foam regulators, synthetic fragrances, chlorine-based compounds and perborates and foam regulators - ideal for people with young children as well as for allergy and eczema sufferers.
5. Your pajamas probably harbor nasty bacteria.
At least, if you're like most of us. 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. To avoid this, wash your nighttime garb every three days preferably with a natural laundry powder like our Saponella. It's kind to your skin and your clothes!
6. Viruses can live on handles for up to 48 hours.
Meaning if someone is sick in your home, you could fall victim to the illness even two days after they left their germs in their wake. To battle back, use a microfibre cloth and rid the surfaces of any residue and bacteria. After a lifetime of cleaning the ‘normal way’, you’re probably thinking 'Won’t there still be germs growing if you do not use chemicals as you have not sprayed any disinfectant on the surface?' But what you might not know is that if you have a totally dry, clean surface the germs cannot grow, much in the same way as if we as humans do not have food and water we cannot survive; bacteria cannot survive without water and nutrients.
7. Sleeping with your pet could make you sick — or give you a parasite.
Say it ain't so: 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. Keeping your pet clean is definitely a good way to start. Our Pet care system is designed to care for the coat of your pets and animals. It reduces hairloss and dissolves fats, stops odours and cleans the pores of the animal's skin while also giving them a pampering massage.
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