So the statistics show we actually spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, rejuvenating our bodies. Our bedrooms should be our sanctuaries. Here are a few tips to help you try to help keep it green and tidy:
Our Mattresses-To help clean the mattress itself, the best thing to do would be to take it outside, if at all possible and beat it with a broom. This will help to bring all the dust to the surface and out of the mattress. If it is just not possible, then let the kids safety bounce on the bed and vacuum off the dust brought to the surface. It is best to do this to both sides. (I am not endorsing jumping on the bed, safely holding your children’s hand though, this could be a fun way to let them help clean).
Bed Linens-Although good, organic linens are the best, they aren’t always in the budget (as for my household at the moment). I can say, I can truly see the benefit to using organic linens. Our skin is our largest organ, after all most adults have two square yards of skin! Many of us don’t always think of our skin absorbing things into our bodies.
Here are a few startling facts regarding conventional cotton:
• About 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticide goes to cotton crops. In 2003, that amounted to about 55 million pounds of pesticides being sprayed on 12.8 million acres of cotton, according to the Organic Trade Association.
• Some of the most toxic pesticides are used on cotton, and these enter our food chain through foods containing cottonseed oil
• To make one t-shirt, 1/3 of a pound of pesticides and other chemicals are used.
Since we do spend 1/3 of our life in our beds and our skins are in direct contact with our bedding, it is something we will be working on acquiring for our bedding in the near future!
So to clean the bedding you have, it is best to wash your bedding in the hottest water available with your favorite homemade or eco-friendly laundry soap, to kill any dust mites.
Closets-This is kind of gross to think about, but our closets can contain a large amount of dander from our skin, and lots of floating clothing fibers. So when cleaning out your closets, it is best to remove all the items in them. Wipe down your baseboards and vacuum the floor. Now that you have all of the items out, it would be a good time to really analyze what you were and have before placing them back in. If your closet is like mine, we store things on the shelves and floor. I am working on being really honest with myself as to what we “really need”. If it is a piece of clothing I do not wear regularly or do not feel good in, it needs to go to the consignment shop or thrift store.
To read previous Green Your Cleaning posts, go here.