Making the bed as soon as you wake up is a common habit for many, often seen as a sign of organization and discipline. However, a cleaning expert has warned that this routine could lead to hygiene and health issues.
Mrs. D, known as @mrs.ds.cleaning.reviews on Instagram, advises against making the bed immediately in the morning. With a significant following, she shares tips and tricks for maintaining a clean and tidy home.
According to Pensionist, her key message is the importance of letting the bed 'breathe.'
Why You Shouldn't Make Your Bed Immediately
According to Mrs. D, our warm and moist sheets attract dust mites and dirt overnight. She suggests removing the duvet and allowing the bed to air out for a while after waking up. This practice is especially crucial given the recent surge in bed bug infestations.
During the night, we not only sweat but also shed skin cells, which are magnets for dust mites and bed bugs. These pests thrive in moist environments. Mrs. D emphasizes that this is a year-round concern, not just in summer, as central heating in winter can create a similarly inviting environment for these pests.
How Long Should You Let Your Bed Breathe?
Mrs. D recommends airing out the bed for at least one hour each day to keep it as clean as possible. She acknowledges the appeal of a neatly made bed and the constraints of a busy life but insists that this practice can significantly help. If you can't do it in the morning, she suggests letting the bed breathe when you return home and then making it.
After reading her advice, some of Mrs. D's followers pledged to change their behavior. Comments on her post included acknowledgments of not knowing this information before and intentions to follow her advice moving forward.