Here are the details you’re going to want to toss at your mom (or obnoxiously tidy spouse) to support your claim:
An estimated 84 percent of U.S. homes contain dust mite allergen. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, these little guys are one of the most common allergy and asthma triggers out there and they just love to hang out in bedding and pillows.
We slough off millions of dead skin cells every night, along with sweat and moisture and dust mites love it! They are having a party up in our beds as we snooze the night away inhaling these allergens. And unless you clean your sheets and bedding regularly, the party will continue throughout the day too. Dust mites will just dig deeper into your mattress, populating and producing more allergens.
The AAFA reported to the BBC that “Dust mites can only survive in warm, damp conditions and live by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body. All of this makes our moist, warm bed sheets a perfect place to call home”.
So why leave the bed unmade?
Well the verdict is still out as to whether this makes a huge difference, but scientist say that leaving your bed unmade helps the sweat and moisture we leave behind to cool and thus evaporate. And since dust mites rely on moisture to survive, they can become dehydrated and die.
You can’t be a total bum forever though. It’s also an extremely important to wash your bedding weekly in warm water. This not only includes cleaning your sheets, but also your blankets, duvets and pillows. (Check this previous post on the best way to clean your pillows).
So there you go!
It looks like you actually can have your slacker and eat it too…or something like that.
And if all of this dust mite talk is giving you the heebie-jeebies, callTwo Maids & A Moptodayand set up your professional home cleaning!