Use this helpful cleaning guide for a better night's sleep.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary — the one tidy, clean and serene place you can go to feel relaxed. Piles of laundry, overstuffed closets and a layer of dust won't contribute to your peace of mind. What's more, making a clean bedroom a priority can help you avoid dust mites, a major cause of year-round allergies. While these microscopic creatures live in warm, dark places, such as pillows and mattresses, routine-cleaning measures can help minimize their presence. The more effort you put into cleaning your bedroom, the better you’ll sleep.
Keep Bedding Clean
Take 30 seconds to make your bed every morning. The nicer it looks, the more effort you’ll make to keep the bedroom clean from day to day. On a weekly basis, help reduce allergens and keep bed linens fresh by washing sheets and pillowcases in hot water with a detergent. It’s also a good idea to air your mattress for at least a few hours (and rotate it and flip it at least once a month to prevent sagging) before putting on the freshly washed sheets.
Wash your dust ruffle and mattress pad at least once a month. Freshen up duvets and blankets too large for the washer by hanging them on a clothesline, or popping them in the dryer with a dryer sheet. If you suffer from allergies, consider investing in mite-proof mattress, duvet and pillow casings, too. These are available in drug and department stores.
Dust Your Bedroom Regularly
Wipe down furniture, ceiling fans, ceiling corners, artwork, trim work and air vents. For lamps, consider using a blow dryer to avoid rubbing dust into the shade. Wash window treatments and drapes according to directions. If you have blinds, wipe them thoroughly with a damp paper towel or use a duster.
Give the headboard a good dusting, too. If it is upholstered, use the upholstery cleaning attachment on your vacuum. While the vaccum is on, give the room a thorough go around, and don’t forget under the bed, a place where fur balls and dust bunnies tend to collect.
Keep Clothes Under Control
Hang up clean clothes as soon as possible each day, or they’ll end up wrinkled and hard to find. On a long-term basis, remember that less is more. “The fewer possessions you have, the easier it is to clean,” says Shari MacDonald, president of the Prince Edward Island Home Economics Association in PEI. She packs away seasonal clothes to keep her closet more organized. Go through your wardrobe and sort clothes into piles you wish to keep, store somewhere else or donate. Organize your keepers by colour or style, so you can dress easily in the morning (when you’re in a rush, bad choices tend to end up on the floor!).
Freshen Up Your Space
Try a citrus scented product in your bedroom; one study from Radboud University in the Netherlands found that exposure to citrus scents led participants to maintain a cleaner environment. Luminaries are a great choice for the bedroom, because you don’t have to worry about falling asleep with a lit candle. Another trick for keeping your room smelling fresh and clean is to pop a dryer sheet over the warm air vent in your closet (it works like a charm).
Once your bedroom is cleaned thoroughly, it’s easy to keep things organized until the next time you’re ready to do a major clean. Just remember, at the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than retreating to a tidy and welcoming bedroom.