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Basic Steps to a Healthier Bedroom

Think you’ve got all your bedroom cleaning basics covered? While that might be primarily true, it’s easy to overlook a few blind spots that you might not have taken into consideration before. Whether you’re cleaning your own bedroom or that of your older children, it’s worth keeping the following pointers in mind to ensure a healthier bedroom environment for all: 
 
Don’t forget to regularly clean under the bed. If you’ve made a habit of storing boxes, shoes, toys or various whatnots under your and your kids’ bed, you might be tempted to turn a blind eye to vacuuming and sweeping under there every time you clean the bedroom, which easily results in the accumulation of dust. As bothersome as it might be, make a habit of pulling out all that clutter under the bed on a regular basis and clean the space thoroughly.  


Keep your bed free of dust mites. No one wants dust mites in their bed, but sometimes being lax with certain aspects of bed care, such as regularly washing pillows and bedding, can be an easy trap to fall into. In addition to changing your bed covers often, the trick to keeping bed mites at bay is covering your box springs, pillows and mattress with a dust-proof cover and avoiding down comforters and pillows. When washing bed sheets, covers and pillows, make sure to use hot water of no less than 50 degrees C.


Regularly clean window treatments. The main problem with most curtains and drapes is that they tend to collect dust, smoke and other allergens that can render bedrooms (or any room, for that matter) unhealthy. That is why it’s very important to remember to wash them frequently in hot water, or replace them with easy-to-dust bamboo or wood blinds or shutters.


Air dry-cleaned clothes. Don’t place your clothes directly in your closet after bringing them back from the dry cleaner’s; dry-cleaned clothes usually have residual chemicals clinging on them that can be harmful when inhaled. One such common chemical is perchloroethylene, which is used to remove stains and has been linked to certain types of cancer if inhaled often. You should be particularly cautious of clothes that have a strong chemical odor. If possible, try limiting yourself to hand or machine washable clothes. 


Bring plants into the bedroom. According to recent studies, plants act as natural air purifiers by absorbing the chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials found in bedrooms. Getting clean and chemical-free air can be as simple as adopting a healthy plant and placing it in your or your children’s bedroom. Make sure to choose non-toxic houseplants that are easy to take care of, such as spider plants, certain ferns, or African violets. 


Air out your bedroom. Leave the window open for a while each day to let out unhealthy and stale air and ensure better air quality. Make sure that the bedroom is free of chemicals, toxins, allergens and dust by removing synthetic items that release harmful vapors, and make sure that the bedroom is clutter-free to avoid the collection of dust.