Your Bedroom May be Making You Sick
Everyone knows that feeling when you wake up and you are more tired than when you went to bed. Or when you wake up with a sore throat and a stuffy nose. Of course, there are many factors that can contribute to you feeling this way when you wake up, but did you know that the condition of your bedroom can also be a factor? Yes…your bedroom could be making you sick. In order to eliminate your bedroom as an option for making you sick, Baton Rouge movers have some information on the items that you need to consistently clean – and why bedroom cleaning can be helpful and harmful at the same time.
1) Your Pillow – if you are waking up with sinus congestion, a sore throat, or a headache, it would be beneficial to know that your pillow can foster mold, dust mites, and bacteria. In order to prevent your pillow from making you sick, make sure that you replace it once a year, and in the meantime, throw it in the washer and dryer once a week when you do your routine laundry. You can also buy an anti-allergy cover to help.
2) Pets – plain and simple…your pet should have their own bed, not share yours at night. Not only do pets tend to disrupt your sleep in the middle of the night, their fur collects dander, dust, pollen from being outdoors, as well as bacteria. I know you may think that it is cute to snuggle with your four-legged friend all night, but it is not so cute when you have a runny nose. Your dog will sleep better without you too, so do them a favor and get them their own cozy bed.
3) Candles – so romantic, yet so not. The reality is, scented paraffin candles release harmful chemicals that can make you sick. So although they may set the mood tonight, they could damper the mood when you end up sick for a week. Opt for beeswax or soy candles.
4) Cleaning products – depending on what you use for your bedroom cleaning routine, although you are cleaning the appearance of your bedroom, you are filling it with chemicals that cause eye irritation and headaches. Opt for natural cleaning products or even homemade ones. The best organic, multipurpose cleaner – vinegar in a spray bottle.
5) Your mattress – this is one of the more obvious dirty items in your bedroom. Most people are completely aware that mattresses should be cleaned on a regular basis and replaced. They collect EVERYTHING – from bodily fluids to dust mites, dead skin flakes, and bacteria.
6) Windows – open them! The problem with bedroom windows is, although they let light in, no one hardly ever opens them. Neglecting to open your windows and air your room out is crucial, or the air can never truly purify and flow. The Environmental Protection Agency claims that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, so let that outdoor air in!