05 Apr Clean Sheets = Better Skin and Health
Written By Samantha Dym, Contributing Author.
Did you know that people from countries outside the U.S. change their bed sheets only once a month? Some only change them three times per year! Now, think about this… you rest your head on a pillow each night and sometimes women forget to remove their makeup before going to bed. But that’s not the worst of it. We shed skin cells while we sleep… which can cause acne if you don’t wash your sheets often. But wait… it gets worse… dust mites love to feed on these dead skin cells and even your hair. These dust mites can cause allergies and asthma.
Below are some tips on how to keep your bed free from dust mites and dead skin cells:
1.) Machine wash your sheets once a week, including pillow cases, in water anywhere from 120-140°F (49-60°C). Hot water decreases the chance of bacteria and dust mite survival.
2.) Machine wash blankets and comforters once a month (Hand wash delicate material).
3.) Machine wash pillows twice per year (Be sure to check the label to ensure it’s machine washable). You can also use a little bleach if you’d prefer.
4.) Purchase several sets of sheets and a good mattress cover. This will keep those dust mites at bay.
100% cotton is usually a recommended fabric when picking out new bed sheets. It is also believed that satin sheets are good for your skin and hair. This particular fabric helps the skin maintain its natural moisture. If you suffer from dry skin… soft cotton or silk sheets may actually reduce your nighttime itching. So, remember… clean sheets = better skin and health!