A cleaning expert has given a grim warning about making your bed first thing in the morning.
For many people, getting up and making your bed is a sign of being organised and ready to tackle the day.
It’s also something parents and partners will nag you to do in order to keep your room looking tidy.
However, a cleaning expert has now revealed the shocking reason why this is something ‘you need to stop doing’ immediately.
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Mrs D is famous for dishing out helpful house-tidying hacks and sharing them with her 130,000 Instagram followers.
She is now warning people to stop making their beds first thing in the morning, stressing the importance of letting them ‘breathe’.
She says that the hot, damp sheets attract bed bugs and dirt through the course of a night – and that people should be taking the covers off for a period after waking up.
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Mrs D explains: “It seems a lot of people get up and make the bed straight away.
“This is something you need to stop doing.
“Get out of bed and throw the duvet back and let your bed breathe.
“During the night we not only sweat but we also shed skin, and this is a magnet for dust mites and bed bugs.
“They love damp and humid areas, and some people only let their bed breathe in the summer, and think that you don’t need to do this in the winter because of the cold weather.
“But this isn’t true. With central heating being on in the winter it can attract dust mites and bed bugs just as much as in the summer months.
“So, by making your bed first thing every morning you are trapping all that damp air and helping dust mites and bed bugs breed (sounds horrible, but it’s true).”
Mrs D adds that in order to keep beds as clean as possible, people should ‘air them for at least an hour a day’.
She continues: “I know it’s nice to see your bedroom looking clean and fresh and of course we lead busy lives, which means it’s easy to make the bed before you go to work.
“But doing this will help a lot.
“If you don’t have an hour in the morning, leave it ‘til you get home, and make the bed then… at least you know it’s had a good airing.”
The influencer also has bad news for those who don’t wash their sheets regularly.
“Wash your sheets once a week, using a high wash cycle and a laundry cleanser, this will kill any bacteria on your bedding,” she advises.
“Once a month, deep clean your mattress by vacuuming it and then using a steam cleaner to kill all bacteria and dust mites.
“Wash your duvets and pillows every six months.
“If you can fit them in your own washing machine then take them to the launderette.
“Most launderettes offer a duvet-cleaning service.”
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Commenting on the post, many of Mrs D’s followers say they’ll be taking her tips on board.
One person wrote: “I didn’t know this! Will definitely do from now on.”
Another said: “I’ve been doing that for years, I have allergies and it helps.”
“Always air the bed then make it before I get in – lovely and fresh,” added a third.
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