How to: Detox your bedroom
Reprinted from BrightNest.com
Your bedroom is your haven — a place for reading books, having dreams and … other stuff. So you want it to be clean! If you don’t pay attention to a few important areas of your bedroom, it can get germy pretty fast. Disinfect these areas to make sure you’re not catching a cold while you catch some Zs!
Time: 30 minutes
- Pillows: You probably wash your linens on laundry day, but what about your pillows? If you don’t wash them regularly, your pillows may be harboring a plethora of germs and bacteria. Regularly cleaning your pillow is one of the easiest ways to reduce the toxins in the bedroom because it will help keep dust mites and other allergens at bay.
- Curtains: Your bedroom is the last place you want to find mold, but it’s also easy to keep it away. Just open your shades and let the sunshine overpower the mold! The heat from the sun’s rays will naturally remove extra moisture from your bedroom and significantly decrease the risk of mold or fungus growth. Open your curtains as soon as you wake up so that you can start the bedroom detox process first thing in the morning. If possible, it’s also a good idea to pull back your duvet and let the sun shine onto your pillows and sheets.
- Electronics: Do you have trouble falling asleep, even if you skip that last cup of afternoon coffee? If you’re using any electronics during the hour before you hit the hay, they may be disrupting your natural sleep habits. Exposure to the artificial light from digital screens stimulates brain activity, making it harder for you to fall asleep. Consider keeping the TV out of your bedroom and limiting your computer use (or at the very least, dimming your screen) as bedtime approaches.
- Paint: Some types of interior paint are made with volatile organic compounds. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are a big source of indoor air pollution and have a range of health risks, including cancer, liver damage and kidney damage. Plus, interior paint made with VOCs leaves a strong odor that can linger for a few weeks, even after the paint has dried. The next time you paint over the crimson red in your bedroom, choose a low- or no-VOC paint.
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