Cotton sheets, weekly washes, and sleeping commando may be the recipe for avoiding UTIs in your sleep. We spend 49 hours in bed every week, so it is important to keep it squeaky clean to avoid infection-causing bacteria from entering our bodies.
Dr Lisa Ackerley, Hygiene Doctor and Dettol Expert, reveals that "if you don't wash your sheets weekly, you could be putting yourself at risk of serious viruses and infections."
Dirty beds can be "a breeding ground of Staphylococcus aureus - a bacterium that is a commonly found on human skin. Illnesses such as skin and wound infections, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia may develop if these bacteria enter the body."
Some other handy bedroom tips:
1. Wash bedding at above 60°C if you can, or even higher. Remember bacteria grows best at body temperature, so at 30-40°C degree.
2. Wash bedding once a week if you can, or at least every two weeks.
3. Air out your sheets and duvet every morning. Since moisture builds up in them while we’re sleeping, pulling the duvet back so the bed sheets can breathe before making the bed means your sheets and mattress become a less attractive nesting spot for bacteria and mites.
4. Have a shower before bed for optimal cleanliness or at the very least wash your feet and hands before bed.
5. Sleep commando so your private parts can breathe, or second best is to sleep with cotton underwear. Be sure to wash your pajamas every 3 days.
6. Use pillow protectors and a mattress protector – you can wash these easily. Spray the mattress with disinfectant spray every 3 months. Mattresses can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
7. If you have a cat or dog and allow it on the bed, get a blanket for them to lie on and wash that every week at least.
8. Flip your mattress every 3 months!
9. Lastly, drink CRANEL weekly babe. Our shots flush out the bad bacteria and keep the good. Keeping you in tip top shape.