red sheex cooling bedsheets

If you are anything like me, it takes you about .001 seconds in bed before you find yourself overheating and trying to kick away the bedding so that your body can get at that cool air. I have always wanted to find the kind of bedding that would give me the comforting feeling of being under covers, but not smother me with heat! A company called Sheex out of South Carolina claims to have done just that. According to their website, this company has a very interesting story of how they came to be. From their own words:

“On August 25, 2007, Michelle Brooke-Marciniak and Susan Walvius were coaching basketball at the University of South Carolina. They had just finished a long day of teaching at camp and we were sitting in the gym, exhausted. Michelle, a superstar athlete and fitness fanatic, was wearing her favorite performance fabric athletic gear in which she frequently trained. Susan was also wearing the same gear but made a different connection on that summer day. Where Michelle liked it for its superior moisture-wicking and quick-dry features while working out, Susan stated that she “loved the drape and the feel of the fabric against her skin” and then commented “I would love to have bed sheets made out of this stuff.” Without blinking an eye, Michelle said “let’s do it.” So began their adventure to transform the bedding category and help people get a better night’s sleep on performance fabrics.”

They call the material SLEEP TECH™ fabric, and if it works like they say it does, it could solve the problems that many of us who run pretty hot have at night. The material transfers body heat twice as effectively as cotton, and breathe 50% better. In fact, according to the creators, these sheets even feel cooler to the touch.

Naturally, as an interior designer, my interest also lies in what colors this “performance bedding” comes in, and I was very happy to see a sophisticated and sexy selection of colors, including black, ecru and graphite. I have recommended these sheets to a couple clients, but since I haven’t tried them myself, I will have to wait and hear back from them before making a full recommendation, although if these sheets live up to their claims, I’ll be getting a set for myself right away.

sheex cooling sheets

wool blanket itching

Wool blankets are incredibly warm, lightweight, and affordable. Wool is also a renewable resource. However, many people choose not to use wool blankets because they itch. The scratchiness of wool is determined by the thickness of each individual wool fiber. Fine wool is made of small fibers which do not cause itching. If wool has thicker fibers, then it tends to itch more. But there are things that can be done to reduce the itchiness. Because wool blankets can be especially itchy when they are brand new or have just been brought out of storage, it may be necessary to wash wool blankets several times to soften them before use. The washing and care methods make a significant difference in the feel of wool blankets.

An important decision one must make before washing a wool blanket is what type of detergent to use. There are detergents specifically designed for use on wool, or choose a gentle detergent free of enzymes, brighteners, and other additives. Another option is to use shampoo because wool is sheep’s hair.

It is very important to wash a wool blanket using a delicate cycle or to hand wash it by soaking and rinsing it. Do not twist or ring out the blanket as it may damage the wool. Always use cold water and hang dry the blanket (not in direct sunlight) since heat causes wool to shrink.

If a blanket is especially itchy, it may benefit from a conditioning treatment. Fill a tub or a washing machine with cool water and add about a cup of normal hair conditioner. Make sure to use a high quality conditioner that is not meant for special hair (such as dyed or permed hair). Allow the blanket to soak for a few hours (or even overnight), rinse well, and allow it to air dry.

Another option to reduce itchiness is to add about 2 cups of white vinegar to the rinse. This not only softens the blanket but also removes odor and strips it of soap or detergent buildup.

After a wool blanket has been washed and dried, brush it using a garment brush. This will help soften the blanket and will remove additional dirt or buildup. If the blanket has any pills, remove them at this time.

It is important to remember that wool is simply sheep’s hair, so treat it gently and lovingly like human hair. After a few proper washes, a wool blanket should soften up and be perfect to snuggle under.

Method Free + Clear Laundry Detergent

There are many economic friendly detergents out there. There are also just as many detergents with things in them you particularly wouldn’t use, if you knew what they were. Some of the ingredients are not listed, and are not required to be by law. Some of the best types of detergent are the “free and clear” of perfumes and dyes. Most of these detergents are bio-degradable and petroleum free. Some of the best economic friendly detergents are:

Biokleen Free & Clear Laundry Liquid
Earth Friendly Products Ultra ECOS
Free and Clear All Natural Laundry Detergent
Method Free + Clear Laundry Detergent
Mountain Green Skin Sensitive Free & Clear All Natural Ultra Laundry Detergent
Planet Ultra Liquid Laundry Detergent
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Laundry Detergent
All Small & Mighty Free & Clear

All of these are great for the economy and can be purchased for around the same price as regular detergent. None of these cost over 12 dollars for a bottle. These detergents are also great if you have children that are allergic to most detergents. Since they are free and clear they usually don’t have anything in them that would trigger an allergic reactionSo next time you are about to purchase, make sure to reach for an eco-friendly bottle!

Visco-Elastic-Memory-Foam-Mattress-Topper

When looking for comfort there is nothing better then Visco Memory Foam. This form was originally used by NASA to make the take off and landing process easier on the astronauts. It is often referred to as “visco-elastic” polyurethane foam, or low-resilience polyurethane foam. Now that technology has made the jump from space to your bedroom! This kind of memory foam is used in mattresses.

Visco Memory Foam makes a great mattress for people that have back problems. The foam gets hot when it is warm out and cold when in a cold environment. This foam is also elastic and can form to the shape of a person’s body. When used in a mattress pressure is taken off of the back while putting this pressure on other areas. These mattress can also help people with poor circulation and arthritis.
In addition to comfort Visco memory foam is good for people that have allergies.

It is hypoallergenic and will not collect dust, and is often used is hospitals for people that are immobile. When regular mattress stop blood flow to parts of the body this mattress does not, which greatly reduces the risk of gangrene development. A regular mattress can hold dust but the foam cannot. This type of mattress also lasts a lot longer then a cloth mattress. This will save money in the long run and reduce environmental waste. Visco Memory Foam is good for the body due to the reduction in pressure. Switching to this type of a mattress can help elevate health problems and improve overall well being.

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.

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.

goose_down

When we compare goose down to other materials that are commonly used in pillows and other fabric placements in the home, it clearly comes out on top as environmentally friendly. Goose down is biodegradable, meaning that if you were to abandon it out in the woods and leave it to the elements, it would degrade back into soil eventually. There are no synthetic, long lasting and environmentally hazardous materials, making it a green alternative to other traditional options.

Goose down is known for being incredibly comfortable and can do what any other synthetic material can do, if not better. It also has the added benefit of being natural, meaning that it does not give off dangerous chemicals in the event of a house fire (for example), which is another plus of choosing goose down. Down generally gives more warmth for the weight when compared to synthetics on the market, and is known for being an all around better insulator than most commercially produced fabrics.

This is because the feathers that make up down are thick and porous which traps heat much more efficiently than a checkerboard style weave found in most gourmets today. These are not all the points that make goose down a good choice for the environment, but some of the major ones to consider. Down is known for being an eco-friendly solution that will keep you warm even in the coldest of winters.

bedroom allergies

For those who suffer with allergies caused by catalysts such as dust mites and mold, reducing allergies in the bedroom can especially be important as it is a breeding ground for suffering. Since dust mites multiply rather quickly and there are millions (if not billions) in every home across America, allergies can quickly escalate out of control unless something is done to keep this influence at bay.

Fortunately keeping your bedroom low on dust mites is not all that difficult if you know the right techniques for keeping them away, and also reducing other factors that can worsen allergies. Consistently washing bedsheets is one key thing, although very basic, to keeping the dust mite population low enough to be tolerable. The other thing is to invest in some synthetic bedsheets as dust mites feed on dead human skin and thrive in the coarse non-synthetic fibers of most comforters and bed covers.

Vacuuming on a regular basis as well as keeping the room and decor neat and devoid of hair and other forms of dust will help your allergies improve significantly as well, it is recommended to be cautious about the types of fabric that you buy as some are better at harboring dust mites. These are not all the considerations that go into keeping allergens at bay in the bedroom, but if you take note of these factors you will find that you have the reigns to control these elements and keep your allergy problem to a minimum.

washing flannel sheets

Many people love their warm and cosy flannel sheets but caring for them can be difficult at times. After a couple of washes they can become itchy and uncomfortable. There are several tips to help prevent this from happening and keep the sheets in great. Make sure these sheet are made from one hundred percent cotton.

When laying down on flannel sheets remove any jewelry or other sharp objects that are bring worn. These sheets can be damaged from such items. When putting the sheets in the washing machine set it to the gentle or delicate cycle and use warm water. Use a gentle detergent as well. If they are being washed for the first time there is no need for detergent. It is suggested to use a half cup of white vinegar to prevent pilling. They can also be used during the rinse cycle.

After washing when putting the sheets in the dryer keep it running until they are completely dry. There is not need to use a fabric sheet. When the sheets are clean they should be folded and stored in the closet. They can also be line and stacked with dryer sheets in between them to keep the sheets fresh and smelling good.

Flannel sheets provide extra warmth and comfort. They are gentle to the touch. Taking these steps with a little extra effort will keep them looking great and staying warm.

Inhabit Slat Hanging Panel

Slats are a very cool and unique way to redecorate your space, and will make for a real conversation piece, whether you use them in the bedroom or in any other room in your house. Use several in a row to make a bold statement!Made from 100% sustainable recycled polyester this wall slat is hand-printed and homemade with environmentally friendly inks and no chemical waste or disposal generated.

The Inhabit Slat Hanging Panel will brighten your home by offering a unique twist on everyday art. Whether used as a wall hanging or soft room divider, they allow natural light through during the day while providing privacy and appear opaque in the evening. The Inhabit Slat Hanging Panel also coordinates with most Inhabit bedding collections.