DON’T FRET. ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END.
The recent issue of Health Magazine has some excellent advice for maintaining a healthy home; especially when it comes to bedrooms and bathrooms. According to the publication, there are 6 things in your bedroom and 11 things in your bathroom that you might need to throw out pronto.
Knowing what to let go of and when to do it will make the coziest rooms in your house healthier and more sleep-friendly.
Bedsheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers last for up to three years depending on how well they’re made. Your older bedding could also be an invitation to dust mites and bacteria. That can set you up for allergies, rashes, acne, and asthma, so best to get them out of the house.
“After three years, they would be lifeless, meaning the bulk of cotton fiber is washed away and the poly base is limp and nonabsorbent,” says Steve Samson, senior director of housekeeping at Hilton Hotels.
Older pillows can lose their shape and support. A lumpy or flat pillow will likely result in chronic pain, headaches, and stiffness. Health recommends you buy new pillows every one to two years.
Sleep expert Amy Diamond of Brooklyn Bedding says, “You or your partner’s snoring could worsen due to lack of head and neck support.”
Just because your bedroom slippers don’t get much wear and tear, the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City recommends you get a new pair every year. That’s because the more you walk around in slippers, the less stable they become, and that can put you at risk of falling. Plus, even if you clean them, there is also the problem of germs because footwear absorbs sweat and becomes a breeding ground for microbes.
New York City allergist and immunologist Purvi Parikh, MD cautions everyone to reduce their odds of a foot or nail infection by getting a new pair every year, and machine washing them every week.
- Eye Masks
These sleep aids need to be replaced annually as well as machine washed weekly. People use sleep masks to black out ambient light from windows, door cracks, clocks, etc. When sleeping, if there is any light seeping through your lids, it can make falling asleep much more difficult.
“Eye masks can harbor bacteria that can clog pores in your face and eyes, leading to potential acne or even eye infections in some cases,” explains Erin Reynel, founder of travel kit company Aria.
- Air Purifier
While the filters on your air purifier should be changed every three to five months, the machines themselves should be replaced every three years.
“Otherwise they’ll grow dust mites and mold, which can trigger allergies and asthma,” explains New York City allergist and immunologist Purvi Parikh, MD.
Besides rotating and/or flipping your mattress every six months, you need to replace it every eight to ten years. How do you know when your mattress needs to be dragged to the curb?
“With time, a mattress can lose its shape and begin to sag, creating dips and lumps,” Ikea USA Design spokesperson Janice Simonsen explains. “Pressure from weight will cause all mattresses, even the best quality, to compress and break down after a period of time. Bed mites and allergens can also collect in the mattress,” making you more prone to allergies.
Bathrooms are nasty breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria and germs that can mess with your health and your healthy home in general. Sorry to tell you, but Lysol alone can’t do the trick. Here is a list of items in your bathroom that might need to be trashed right away:
- Expired sunblock
Check the date and move on.
- Expired prescriptions
Condensation can affect potency so keep meds out of your bathroom.
- Dried-up nail polish bottles
Treat yourself to a new color.
- Expired makeup
If you can’t read the date, then it’s time to split.
Toss after 18 months.
- Antibiotic Ointment
Say goodbye every three months.
Toss them out after a year.
- Bar Soap
Mushy or discolored soap could be contaminated so throw it out.
Get rid of when bristles become frayed or worn out.
- Razor Blades
Change every two weeks.
Change these once a month.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living as waste-free a life as possible. I also know how hard it can be to bid farewell to something you love or have barely used. But sometimes, in order to maintain a healthy home, you must simply say goodbye.
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