It’s time to give your relaxation space a good clean up.
The first place we head to after we get home after a long day at work, and the first we open our eyes in the morning is our bedroom. In fact, since we spend almost one-third of our lives sleeping, we definitely spend more time in the bedroom relaxing, working and maybe even eating. As it is where we relax and unwind in, the bedroom is probably the most neglected in regular cleaning regimes.
Imagine the number of toxins and bacteria we encounter while spending time there. In that span of time, how much bacteria do we breathe in? How does this affect our health?
These allergy-triggering dust and mites are tiny, and so we often think they are not there because we can’t see them. Poor cleaning or no cleaning of the bedroom at all can result in disrupted sleep due to the moist and dusty air we breathe in. It can even damage health.
A simple bedroom detox and replacing of old furniture and proper maintenance can greatly improve the hygiene in your bedroom and make it a healthier place for you and your loved ones to live in.
Start with the floor. If your bedroom floors are carpeted, opt for more earth-friendly materials like wood or bamboo flooring. Carpets accumulate dust mites, dirt and other toxins brought in from your shoes, dirty feet and your pets. These tiny microbes hook themselves to the fine hairs of the carpet and are difficult to remove.
Your carpet can hold the toxin-filled dirt and you can’t even see it. Perhaps the darkening of your carpet colour might give you an idea but imagine how much bacteria there is.
If you can’t give up that warm lush sensation of the carpet under your feet, then you might want to invest in a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum cleaner. This vacuum cleaner comes with a type of air filter that is able to trap smaller pollutants and particles.
Use it regularly to get rid of hidden mites and pollutants that might be lurking in your carpet.
With so much time spent indoors, it is important that the air there is fresh and clean. Leave your windows open to get rid of moisture and any odours. But of course, this can bring in harmful toxic air from outdoors.
If where you stay is near main roads or construction sites, then opening your windows is an invitation for unwanted pollutants. Opt for an air purifier instead. These tools not only remove air contaminants but also keep your room free from moisture and reduce humidity in the room. This reduces the growth of mould and the breeding of dust mites.
To keep your room fresh and free of that ‘damp’ smell, try burning candles. Look for paraffin-free candles such as those made from soy or beeswax. These candles are free of soot toxin.
Not to mention, candles provide a soothing touch to the room.
If you’re the type that likes to Do-It-Yourself (DIY), then here’s something that you might like to do yourself; grow air. You can do so by keeping a few potted plants around the house. Plants take in the carbon dioxide that we breathe out, and during Photosynthesis – where they create food, they give out oxygen.
Keeping a few potted plants ensures that you have a constant supply of fresh air around the house. Some examples of good house plants to keep are the Spider Plant and Chinese Evergreen.
Consider the type of bedding you use. Some of these contain harmful chemicals such as polyurethane foam and synthetic fire-retardants that are detrimental to health after long-term exposure to them. Imagine the proximity between your face and your pillows and sheets. What are you breathing in every night?
If you don’t already have it, then you might want to try changing all your bedding to organic and greener options. These include organic cotton and wool or hemp-filled mattresses that are chemical-free. They offer protection against dust-mites and other allergens which are good for those with sensitive skin.
And of course, bedding must be washed weekly.
At the end of the day, detoxing your bedroom and converting your bedding to organic material does not mean you will be free from harmful pollutants and toxins. Proper maintenance ensures that your place of slumber is always clean and hygienic, and is less susceptible to bacteria.