Is The Place You Lay Your Head Clean?

Cadrene Heslop

Your kitchen sponge is the germiest item in your home. Most people use the kitchen sponge or rag to dry their hands and wipe down surfaces. Then forget to clean it.

But other high-traffic home areas are dirty with bacteria.

These include refrigerator handles, bathroom light switches, stove knobs, and microwave handles.

Based on that list, kitchens and bathrooms have a high concentration of germs. This situation makes the likelihood of getting sick in these areas very high. But germs are thriving in one other place of your home.

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Where do humans send one-third of their lives?

The average human spends one-third of their life sleeping. That means you are in bed for about 26 years of your life, or 9,490 days. You also use around seven years trying to get sleep, bringing the total to 33 years or 12,045 days.

Given the amount of time spent in your bed, it is also a place that can get you sick.

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Why is washing your bedding essential?

Every minute, you lose about 30,000-40,000 dead skin cells. The average American spends about 7 hours and 18 minutes in bed at night. That means you are rolling around in lots of dead skin cells.

Dust mites also occupy beds. Contact with these creatures can cause rashes, irritation, and allergies.

The Sleep Foundation recommends washing your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Every 2-3 months is the recommendation for duvets covers, comforters, and blankets. If washable, rinse pillows every 4-6 months.

If you do not sleep on your mattress every day, you can wash them once every two weeks, says the Sleep Foundation.

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