DIY Washing Pillows..

Recently, I read about household allergies and possible causes. We all know the importance of keeping the home clean, free of clutter, pet dander, and dust. Many people who suffer from allergies and asthma, have allergies related to dust, dust mites and mold spores. As you would imagine its a must for frequent, and through cleaning practices in the home. These healthy practices are critical to the health and well-being of adults and children living in the household environment.

The maintenance and replacement schedule of air filters in the heating and cooling unit should be checked monthly and replaced every three months, depending on the type of filter used. It is equally important to change the filters and bags in the vacuum cleaner and dispose of full bags after use.  All of these things are important to reduce the areas for dust mites to hang out ……

DID YOU KNOW???

The main area where these little critters are lurking is in your bedroom, YES – on your BED….  Eek!!    The mattress is a nesting place for dust mites and mold spores. This may not be knew news to you and many people are using mattress covers and have a regular practice for cleaning.

The most overlooked problem area is the PILLOW !!! While, many use special covers for pillows and wash the covers on a regular basis – the pillow itself is the most overlooked!

Researching ways to address this issue in my own home, I rounded up all the pillows removed them from their cases and discovered stains and yellowed areas. There were several cleaning ideas and products to use, such as, laundry detergent with baking soda, borax, bleach, and some suggested using vinegar.  Whatever your choice and combination may be the important thing is to wash the pillows and wash the pillows using hot water, with the mixture of choice!

I was shocked at the results ~ the before and after pictures told the story!  All the pillows turned out clean, fresh, bright, and dust mite free.  I admit I am embarrassed to share this story, however, the results and new fresh condition of our pillows was worth sharing, the amount of sneezing has been drastically reduced in our home.

It is not recommended to wash all pillows – please, read the instructions! The mixture of the products used included one half cup of each of the following; baking soda, borax, bleach, and laundry detergent. Some people choose not to use bleach and use borax, it is not necessary to use both.  There are several options of products to use, the decision is yours. It is also recommended to wash pillows at-least two to three times per year.

I hope this information was helpful ~ Happy washing!!!

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I was amazed at the results! Really works!!

 

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