Not folding the blankets immediately after waking up is not a bad habit or a sign that you are dirty.
Tidying up the house, room, bed, etc., is a good habit to keep the house clean and airy and avoid the proliferation of many different sources of disease. In the opinion of many people, folding blankets and pillows immediately after waking up must be done quickly to keep the bed neat, especially to build awareness in children.
However, doing this is a mistake that if you know the reason behind it, you will be very surprised.
Why shouldn’t you immediately fold the blankets and blankets when you wake up?
According to research by scientists, throughout a lifetime, an average person sheds 18kg of dead skin cells, mostly in bed. When sleeping, the human body secretes more than 140 chemicals through the respiratory tract, and more than 150 chemicals are excreted in the form of sweat, in addition to many gases such as CO2 and some gases released from the pores.
And the blanket is the “nest” that holds countless of those chemicals and human emissions. If you fold the blanket right after waking up, those substances will be incubated and accumulated without being able to escape. The blanket needs to be spread out haphazardly to escape moisture and exhaust gases, avoiding increasing humidity and creating conditions for bacteria and pathogens to grow and develop.
Not only that, if you fold the blanket immediately, some pests, such as bedbugs, dust mites, mold, etc., will “take advantage” of the high humidity blanket to reproduce and spread parasites that cause dangerous diseases. While bed bugs can feed up to 500 times per night, dust mites eat dead human skin. Your bed can contain up to 100,000 – 10 million dust mites of extremely small size.
So, when should you fold blankets?
Not folding the blankets immediately after waking up is not a bad habit or a sign that you are dirty. After waking up, you can take advantage of personal hygiene, brush your teeth and wash your face, and even eat breakfast or change clothes before returning to the room to fold the blanket.
You can turn the blanket over, spread it out on the bed, and then open the ventilation door to let the gases and vapors accumulated in the blanket escape. In addition, you should wash blankets and bed sheets periodically, at least every 1-2 weeks; avoid washing them every month.
Some other mistakes when washing bedding affect your health
You leave it too long between washes
Few people know, but bed sheets are even dirtier than sweaty workout pants or jeans that haven’t been washed in a while. Night after night, day after day, germs, sweat, and body oils accumulate to create a horrible mixture. Many people often wonder why they have so much acne on their face and body even though they bathe very cleanly; it’s very possible that the simple reason is that the bed sheets are not hygienic enough.
“The longest it should take to change sheets is two weeks. Even better is to change them weekly,” says Carolyn Forte, director of cleaning labs at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
Forgot to remove all the stains
Many people often skip the separate cleaning step for each stain. However, blood stains, lipstick stains, cosmetic stains, etc. on bed sheets, if not washed properly the first time, will be extremely difficult to clean later.
Let the washing machine run too much
Stuffing all the family’s bedsheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, etc. in one wash can cause you to have to do a bunch of work afterward to get everything clean. Although the washing machine is big enough to hold it all, you need to consider the appropriate volume. Bed sheets need a lot of space to wash all the stains in the folds. Therefore, you should never try to cram. And instead of putting them in the laundry bag, you can put the bedsheets straight into the machine.