The Truth About Cleaning Your Sheets

No matter your relationship status, you never go to bed alone. Nestled within your sheets are countless intruders. For an explanation, we turned to Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

How often should they change their sheets?

Wash sheets and pillowcases once a week, and you’ll eliminate that debris that has accumulated in the bed for that week. You’ll be safer from breathing in that material.

Debris? How can sheets possibly get that dirty?

Human skin cells become food for dust mites. That is one of the biggest problems associated with bedding. Mites accumulate, along with their feces. But there is also animal hair, dander, fungal mold, fungal spores, bodily secretions and bacteria. Also: dust, lint, fibers, particulates, insect parts, pollen, soil, sand and cosmetics.

All this stuff is yucky, but is it a health risk?

It is mainly a threat to respiratory tracts and not an infectious source. If you have allergies or asthma, this matter can exacerbate it. If you don’t have an allergy, you could develop one because you’re constantly challenged.

Is there an ideal way to wash bedding?

The water should be 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, typically the washing machine’s hot-water cycle. Then dry using a hot drying cycle. That is germicidal; it actually kills and destroys a lot of vegetative material. It also kills the dust mites. For extra protection, “bleach is excellent.”

Once a week, hot water. Then I’m safe?

No. To protect the mattress, I use an impervious outer cover. If you look at a mattress, it collects debris by gravity. All kinds of things collect on it that are absorbed into its core. Without the impervious cover, your mattress is a “zoological and botanical garden,” he says.

Can you share other tips for handling and cleaning bed sheets? Feel free to type in your suggestions below!

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Packing Rules to Remember Before You Fly

There are certain packing rules for flying that you really must follow because it’s the law, and then there are those you should follow because they make sense and help get your vacation off to a stress free start.

You should always pack a small travel alarm clock, hair dryer with suitable adapter, a brush, camera and of course a toothbrush. Parents must always follow is to pack enough diapers, formula, and milk for babies to last a day at the very least, in case of delays. When carrying medicine, it’s best to keep it in its original bottle or packet – that way foreign doctors will be able to check what you are taking in an emergency.

You will not be allowed to carry any lithium batteries on the plane whatsoever, but all other types of battery can be included in your checked luggage. Alcohol should be placed in your checked baggage. You may want to pack some foods to carry onto the plane with you.

One of the best packing rules when flying is to take an extra change of clothes in your carry-on luggage in case you are caught in an emergency. You should pack cosmetics and toiletries in your checked luggage, but there is the option of carrying containers of 3 oz. or less and packed in one 1-qt. zippered plastic bag in your carry-on luggage.

Only law enforcement officers are allowed to carry firearms onto the plane. You should never carry flammable liquids on the plane. All aerosols such as deodorants should be packed into your checked luggage. However you shouldn’t pack any harmful aerosols, such as cleaning products, into any of your luggage.

Source: All Women’s Talk

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