Among the things we were taught from a young age, is to make the bed in the morning. This rule is steeped in our consciousness and has become a habit, but we can confess that is not the most popular. Making the bed is certainly not the most pleasant job and for good reason! This chore is considered as a mite trap. It explains everything.
When one falls into its bed at night after a long day, he probably don’t know what its cozy mattress can hide. Indeed, the mattresses are rarely ventilated and may harbor significant quantities of dust, bugs or mites.
What are dust mites and what are their effects on the health?
Dust mites are tiny arachnids and are invisible to the naked eye. These small unwanted guests can nest in different places of the house, including chairs, sofas, pillows, rugs, carpets or mattresses. They feed off our sweat and dead skin cells and thrive in warm, humid environments. Although they do not live very long, they reproduce at a speed of lightning and excrete many times a day (about 20 times).
Thus, according to scientific studies, a mattress can easily accommodate 1.5 million mites. The presence of these creatures is not without health hazards. The large amount of feces they secrete, but also waste from their remains is responsible for many disorders. Indeed, these feces contain proteins which if inhaled or come into contact with the skin raises the antibody levels. This increase results in the production of histamine by the body, which can cause redness and swelling often associated with allergies.
The symptoms of the allergy to dust mites are: runny nose, red and watery eyes, sneezing, itching, cough and also breathing problems.
Many people have an allergy to dust mites. In US, these are actually the leading cause of respiratory allergy.
How to eliminate dust mites?
Knowing the fact that the mites feed on our dead skin cells, dandruff or hair we lose, beds represent their environment to settle. It is therefore important to take actions to get rid of all the dirt and that way protect your health. How to proceed? It’s simple: make your bed immediately after waking.
By leaving your bed unmade, mites that plague your sheets and mattresses, will be exposed to sunlight and fresh air, which will kill them by dehydrating them.
On a contrary, when you make your bed immediately after you wake up, you imprison the heat and all the residues mites feed on in your sheets, which will favor their multiplication.
That’s why scientists advise to skip this step every morning and make the bed a few hours after awakening. This way, you aerate the bed, reduce moisture and thus get rid of the mites.
To fight against the mites, it is also recommended to change the bedding regularly and vacuuming the entire surface which can settle these creatures.
A tip to naturally clean the mattress
Here is an easy trick and requires only one ingredient to clean your mattress and get rid of the bed mites.
Begin by removing your sheets and pillow covers, and washing them. Then pour baking soda on the entire mattress. Let the product sit for a few hours, and then vacuum it to remove residues of this product, as well as dust and mites.
Baking soda will help to absorb moisture and prevent mold from growing. Knowing that these two are ideal for the proliferation of mites, you will eliminate the environment where mites can thrive.
If you want to perfume and refresh your mattress, you can spray it with lavender essential oil diluted in a little water.