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Bed bugs can not only be annoying, but difficult to manage once an infestation has occurred. There are a number of methods that are recommended for individuals to prevent a decrease the problem from developing in their home.

Bed bugs are called thus due to their natural inclination to hide in close proximity to their meal, in this case the sleeping area of humans. With this fact in mind, people are encouraged to routinely inspect the furniture for any indications of the parasites. Bed linens should be washed and dried in as hot water as possible and dried in the same heat as well on a weekly basis. The pillows and mattress can be placed into special cases which prohibit the reproduction of the red ramblers.

Additional methods include vacuuming the house on a regular basis and thoroughly inspecting all furniture or luggage before entering into the house with it. Travelers should be aware of regions prone to these infestations and be especially vigilant when visiting. There are a number of websites which list hotels and locations where there are current problems.

Consumers have many different insecticides which can be purchased over-the-counter. Some people prefer a natural approach with the use of diatomaceous earth dusted throughout the house.

Infestations are very difficult to get rid of once it occurs and typically require professional help from an exterminator that specializes in these pests. It is important to immediately address the situation as soon as there are indications of their presence.

bedding-skin problems

Visualize where you sleep and consider you are covered in your bedding for approximately one third of your life. Surprisingly, a closer look at the bedding we snuggle into each night might reveal an infestation of dust mites. Dust mites do trigger outbreaks of eczema. In some cases dust mites and their droppings are noted as the main reason for worsening skin conditions.

Dust mites are invisible and will always exist but wise choices in bed covering can provide safeguards. It is advisable to cover your pillow, mattress and box spring with anti-dust covers. Our skin scales are a source of food for the dust mite. Anti-dust covers prevent skin scales from entering the bedding thereby cutting off dust mite food supply.

Some suggest purchasing pillows and duvets filled with man-made fibers not feathers. The outer covering should be a pure natural fiber. Stay away from synthetic materials that will be close to your skin. Synthetic bedding can make you hot and uncomfortable. Cotton bedding is highly recommended. Silk sheets are noted to be less abrasive and may be more comfortable for eczema sufferers.

Keep in mind:
• Hot-wash pillows and duvets/blankets every 6-8 weeks to help remove mites
• Sheets should be washed weekly

Traveling and hotel bedding need not be a problem for potential eczema flare ups. A cotton duvet cover used as a sleeping bag will protect against possible exposure from unfamiliar linens.

asthma bedding

The best bedding for people with asthma are dust resistant mattresses. It should be a dense latex or memory foam style mattress, as the padding does not hold, collect or attract dust. For additional protection you can use vinyl pillow protectors and anti-allergen mattress covers.

It is important to take preventative measures to safe guard your home. This starts with finding and providing the best bedding mattresses for asthma sufferers in your home. This will alleviate many asthma symptoms and improve the overall sleep for the individual with asthma. These done in conjunction with the following preventative measures will help create a much more healthy environment.

If you or someone at home suffers from asthma there are many environmental factors that can trigger an asthmatic attack. Things like chemical fumes, dust mites, animal dander, local pollution, smoke, dust, and pollen can make life worse for the asthma sufferer.

Be sure to wash all bedding regularly in hot water and frequently vacuum your mattress, bedspreads, comforters, and sheets. Also do this with all carpeted areas of the home. These preventative measures done regularly will make a huge difference, but so will having dust resistant mattresses. Having the best bedding for the asthma sufferer combined with proper household cleaning will prevent many of the causes of asthmatic attacks in the home.

Taking the right precautions and having the right bedding will change your home overnight. Soon your household will be a safe place where the person with asthma can breathe easy again.

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Many homeowners and individuals use a duvet in their bedroom. While a duvet can provide warmth and create a great appearance, they have several downsides. Most duvets consist of a waterproof cover, a filler material, and a cloth covering. The filler material can be goose down, polyester or nylon.

Many people are not allergic to the duvet or the filler material. Older duvets can accumulate a large number of dust mites and other microscopic pests. Dust mites feed on human skin, and excrete a fine dust. This dust is an allergen for many people. While dust mites aren’t harmful to one’s health, they can be a headache.

The best way to eliminate dust mites from a duvet is by washing bedding material every two weeks. In addition, it’s important to shower before going to bed. While this may seem like a waste of time, a shower is a good way to eliminate dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin. These can be an excellent food source for dust mites.

Some people may be allergic to the goose down found in some duvets. While most duvets are made from a hypo-allerginic goose down, there are some types of material that are not processed. Many home-made duvets can create an allergic reaction for susceptible individuals.

Always avoid placing a duvet directly over one’s face when sleeping. In addition, a bed sheet between one’s body and a duvet is a good way to reduce the spread of allergens.

stain removal foam mattress

A stain on a foam mattress can be a headache for many homeowners and individuals. While most sheets and bedding can be washed, it’s impossible to put a foam mattress in a washing machine without damaging it. The following guide provides simple tips for removing stains from foam mattresses.

A stain on a foam mattress can usually be removed with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. One part baking soda should be added to five parts water, then mixed. After allowing all the baking soda to dissolve in the warm water, pour a small amount of this solution over the stain. Allow it to sit for at least ten minutes. Using a vacuum cleaner, suck up all the liquid surrounding the stain. The stain should lift out of the foam mattress.

Some types of stains can be more difficult to remove. Acetone is a powerful solvent and can be effective at removing many types of stains. A five to one mixture of water and acetone can be applied directly to a stain. Allow it to sit for at least five minutes, then blot to remove. Acetone will evaporate over time, so it isn’t necessary to remove all the liquid from the foam mattress.

A thin memory foam mattress may be completely permeable to water. It’s often possible to run warm water through a mattress pad. This is a good way to remove any solid stains from a mattress.

air dry bedding

Can it be true? Do you really need to get some air moving for the health and ‘happiness’ of your bedding? I can honestly tell you that your bed linens should all get a hefty dose of fresh air and sunshine. An even better idea is to air-dry your mattress/box springs if at all possible.

Let’s try breaking it down into some points that make sense.

Linens can become musty, stale and dingy over time. This is especially true when you continuously subject the fabric to the confines of an electric or gas dryer.

If you have bed linens made of fabric that cannot be washed easily you might be thinking that a simple shake and fluff is enough to do the job.

Mattresses may get a quick flip every couple of years-or perhaps, not at all.
Bedbugs, dust mites and other annoying little ‘critters’ can live happily in that dark, secluded and undisturbed bedding.

If you do choose to toss things into the washer and dryer you are boosting your utility bill. Besides that, a dryer is one of the most inefficient and wasteful home appliances. Do you really want to use extra electricity in this manner?

Air-drying will refresh any bedding and it doesn’t cost one cent. When you air-dry fabric you are able to bring the scent of the great outdoors into your home.

So what is a ‘green’ thinker going to do in order to properly clean their bedroom in a more eco-friendly way?

I take advantage of sunshine and fresh breezes whenever I can. When I hang the bed linens outdoors the fabrics dry in just an hour or two. The smell of fresh air and sunshine lingers on the fabric for days, and it makes sleeping a purely joyous experience.

Pillows, mattresses and any fabric covered box-springs will also benefit from a dose of sunshine and fresh air. You can even rinse stains from a mattress/box-springs with a sponge and a mixture of baking soda and water. Then let Mother Nature gently air-dry your bedding before you return it to your bedroom.

diy dryer sheets

Dryer sheets can be expensive for many homeowners and individuals. While dryer sheets may seem like something that can’t be improvised, it’s often possible to save money by making your own dryer sheets. The following guide provides simple tips for making dryer sheets from common materials.

Dryer sheets are used to improve the smell and texture of fabric. In addition, some are formulated to minimize the impact of static cling.

A great way to make dryer sheets is with a non-tear paper towel. These paper towels are made from fiber or polyester. It’s important to choose a material that won’t fall apart when exposed to wet clothes.

It’s also important to choose a fabric softener for soaking dryer sheets. A liquid fabric softener and a fragrance can be used to soak non-tear paper towels.

Some mixtures will result in large gobs of fabric softener on a non-tear paper towel. A great way to dilute fabric softener is with a solvent. Solvents that can be used include acetone, methanol, and ethanol. Water should not be used for dissolving any fabric softener, as it can ruin its efficacy.

Allow the home-made dryer sheets to cure for twenty four hours. This will help ensure that the dryer sheets won’t stain or discolor any clothes that are placed in the dryer. Home-made dryer sheets are a great way to save money, protect the environment, and ensure a soft set of clothes.

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Many people question the use of a box spring, wondering what its purpose is. Can’t you just use a mattress? The box spring doesn’t even have an actual spring does it? So why is it important? Some say box springs are a necessity, while others can disagree and say that they aren’t.

Without a box spring, your bed is a majority of the time much less comfortable. The box spring gives the bed a little flex, in which it wouldn’t have if there was no box spring there. Box springs are also used more when using a bed where the frame doesn’t provide enough support. For example, if you have a flexible mattress, it would just fall through without a box spring. This is because the mattress does not have enough material and support to hold the bed up.

However, most modern mattresses don’t need box springs anymore. They now have much more support, in which enables mattress to stay steady not needing extra support from a box spring.

Overall, box springs are very important. However, under certain circumstances, not needed. It all depends on personal preference, what kind of mattress you have, and how sturdy your frame is so you know it will be able to hold it up. Getting another opinion, may be a good choice if getting a new bed or deciding on whether or not to get a box spring.

Can You Recycle Old Mattresses?

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Going green has become much more than a fad. It is a necessity as we begin to see the the effects that waste is having on our natural resources. Recycling is just one way that you can make a significant impact. After all, much of the space in landfills is taken up with items that will never decompose or go away. So when it comes time to replace your mattress, it makes sense to find out if and how you can recycle it.

Often the place you buy your new bedding from will take your old items. The key is to make sure that they actually recycle it. Otherwise you are just finding an easier route to help fill up the landfills. If they do not recycle then you have a few minimal choices.

At this time there are several recycling places specifically for mattresses, but they are few and far between. Chances are good that you do not live near one, unless you live in a major center. As the movement progresses you can expect more and more of them to pop up, but in the mean time you will want to find an alternative for your old bed.

Obviously, if your mattress is still perfectly usable then you can give it away. If you aren’t familiar with anyone needing a mattress then look at your local classifieds online and even recycling groups that exist in your area. You would be surprised at how many people would appreciate your old mattress because they simply have nothing else to use. You might want to skip donating it to the local thrift store because many areas prohibit that. In other words, the mattress would end up right where you didn’t want it to be.

With enough research and effort you will hopefully be able to find a way to recycle your mattress. Keeping as much as possible out of landfills is a benefit to us and the generations to come.

satin and sateen

Despite the common misconception that satin and sateen sheets are synonymous, I have discovered that they are constructed of distinctly different fabrics. Although, Satin and sateen share a common woven structure, they differ in appearance, material, feel, durability, and eco-friendliness.

Satin
• Has a smooth, glossy, high-sheen appearance on the topside.
• Is Commonly constructed of man-made, fine synthetic threads such as rayon, polyester, acetate, or nylon. High-end satin, or charmeuse, is constructed of silk.
• Possesses a smooth, silky, sometimes slippery hand. A thread count is of no consideration because of the fine threads that are used in construction.
• Is a delicate fabric that is susceptible to snags and cannot bear high-heat. Hand-washing or delicate cycle washing is recommended.
• Is not considered to be friendly to the environment because it is primarily constructed of man-made materials, is generally not dipped in eco-friendly dyes, or available in organic form.

Sateen
• Has a soft, smooth sheen on the topside, but is not shiny in appearance.
• Is commonly constructed of 100% cotton and is also available in combinations with hemp or bamboo.
• Has an extremely soft-smooth feel, that can vary by thread count and by the treatment of the cotton used in construction.
• Is a durable fabric that can be machine or hand washed and can be air or machine dried.
• Is readily available in 100% organic cotton that is free of harmful toxins and dyes.