Many of us think making our beds is the most productive way to start our day.
But according to a cleaning-mad mum, you shouldn’t actually touch your bedding first thing in the morning.
In a message to her 60,700 followers, Mrs D’s Cleaning Reviews explained why you need to let your sheets “air” to make them less hospitable for dust mites.
She wrote: “It seems a lot of people get up and make the bed straight away. This is something you need to stop doing.
“Get out of bed and throw the duvet back and let your bed breathe.
“During the night we not only sweat but we also shed skin, and this is a magnet for dust mites and bed bugs.”
Mrs D continued: “They love damp and humid areas, and some people only let their bed breathe in the summer, and think that you don’t need to do this in the winter because of the cold weather.
“But this isn’t true. With central heating being on in the winter it can attract dust mites/ bed bugs just as much as in the summer months.
“So, by making your bed first thing every morning you are trapping all that damp air and helping dusts mites/ bed bugs breed (sounds horrible, but its true).”
After sharing her words of warning, Mrs D recommended some tips for preventing bed bugs.
The Instagrammer advises:
- Wash your sheets once a week – do this on a high wash cycle and use a laundry cleanser to kill bacteria
- Deep clean your mattress monthly – you can do this by vacuuming it and using a steam cleaner
- Wash duvets and pillows every six months – throw them in your machine or take them to a laundrette
The post garnered more than 450 likes – and many left comments too.
A responder admitted: “I air mine every morning. Great tips.”
And another said: “I didn’t know this! Will definitely do from now on!”