The average person spends around 25 years of their life in bed – and that’s just sleeping.
This causes quite a build up of skin, sweat, food and dust, which attract mites – microscopic creatures that feast on flakes of human skin. Their droppings contain a pretty potent allergen, which may lead to asthma-like symptoms, eczema, or sinus problems. So it’s not just about keeping clean, it’s about your health too!
There are some simple ways to prevent this becoming a problem and Angela Moran, product strategy director at leading bedding company Silentnight, has some top tips to make sure you keep your bedroom clean:
If left unwashed for just a few months, up to one-third of a pillow will be dead skin, bugs, mites and mite droppings. That’s a fair proportion! So wash your pillows and duvet every two or three months, to get rid of the build up.
They do lose their support so it is a good investment from a health point of view – but if you’ve had your pillows for some time, it is inevitable that there will have been a build up of skin, dust and mites. Experts recommend you replace them every two or three years.
A product like Silentnight’s Superwash range is machine washable and maintains its bounce wash after wash. From £21.99 for two pillows at Sleepypeople, Tesco, Wilko and Argos.
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